Three top producers at The Ellen DeGeneres Show have reportedly been fired following recent allegations that her show has a toxic workplace environment.
Ed Glavin, Kevin Leman and Jonathan Norman have parted ways with The Ellen DeGeneres Show following allegations of misconduct and sexual harassment, a spokesperson for WarnerMedia confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.
Speaking to staff via Zoom, DeGeneres confirmed that Glavin, Leman and Norman would not be returning and apologised for press reports about the show's toxic workplace.
DeGeneres also explained that she likes to have her own space due to her introverted personality, which may have led to staffers believing she wasn't nice. "I'm a multi-layered person, and I try to be the best person I can be and try to learn from my mistakes," she said.
"I feel like I’ve kind of let the ball drop a bit because I’m focused on the show, I go in and I do the show, and I’ve just let everybody to do their jobs – to run different departments. And it just became a well-oiled machine, and I think that is the problem."
DeGeneres added: "It’s not a machine. This is people. These are human beings that are working hard every single day to put this together. This show would not be what it is without all of you."
The investigation was prompted after an article was published on Buzzfeed in which employees of the daytime show said it was a "toxic" place to work and that the environment was "dominated by fear". Several employees also shared their experiences of racism, sexual harassment and intimidation.
A host of celebrities, including singer Katy Perry and comedian Kevin Hart, have spoken out in support of the chat show host.
However, other stars have supported the claims made against her programme, among them Everybody Loves Raymond actor Brad Garrett.