The Fall From Grace Of Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres Has Come Under Heavy Criticism
Ellen DeGeneres is a prominent American comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer. She starred in the sitcom Ellen from 1994 to 1998 and has been hosting her TV talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, since 2003.
Ellen DeGeneres has hosted the Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, and the Primetime Emmys. She has also authored four books and started her own record company.
All is not right in Ellen's world nowadays as the celebrated talk-show host and comedian has been accused of harboring a toxic workplace environment on her show.
This is in stark contrast to the comedian building her multi-million dollar brand on the motto "Be Kind", showing lavish giveaways and acts of charity that seem to melt the hearts.
One former employee lifted the lid on the hypocritical nature of the show and Ellen's own behavior by saying:
"That ‘be kind’ bullshit only happens when the cameras are on. It’s all for show,”
What followed was unprecedented. One current and 10 former employees came out and said that they had experienced racism and a workplace that was "dominated by fear".
They said they were fired after taking medical leave or bereavement days to attend family funerals. One employee, who claims she was fed up with comments about her race, essentially walked off the job.
Some even said they were also instructed by their direct managers to not speak to Ellen if they saw her around the office.
Tony Okungbowa, who was the show's DJ from 2003-2006 and 2007-2013, echoed those accounts, adding:
"I stand with my former colleagues in their quest to create a healthier and more inclusive workplace."
While I am grateful for the opportunity it afforded me, I did experience and feel the toxicity of the environment and I stand with my former colleagues in their quest to create a healthier and more inclusive workplace as the show moves forward.— Tony Okungbowa (@TONYOK) August 4, 2020
Earlier, Ellen DeGeneres distanced herself from all the accusations that were labeled against her but afterward, she apologized to her staff and said that measures would be taken to correct the issues that have recently come to light. She said:
“On day one of our show, I told everyone in our first meeting that The Ellen DeGeneres Show would be a place of happiness - no one would ever raise their voice, and everyone would be treated with respect. Obviously, something changed, and I am disappointed to learn that this has not been the case."
Some of Ellen's friends and fellow celebrities have come to her aid but that is not at all surprising since Hollywood's elite usually stick together when one of their own is under hot waters.
Kevin Hart said that he had known Ellen DeGeneres "for years" and called her "one of the dopest people on the... planet".
Meanwhile, Katy Perry said she had "only ever had positive takeaways" from appearing on DeGeneres' daytime talk show. She tweeted:
"I think we all have witnessed the light & continual fight for equality that she has brought to the world through her platform for decades."
1/2 I know I can’t speak for anyone else’s experience besides my own but I want to acknowledge that I have only ever had positive takeaways from my time with Ellen & on the @theellenshow. I think we all have witnessed the light & continual fight for equality that she has brought— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) August 4, 2020
The show is under heavy spotlight and it seems that the allegations are not going to disappear any time soon.