The Ellen Show is reportedly under internal investigation by WarnerMedia following claims of workplace related issues including racism and intimidation.
According to a Variety source a memo from production executives at Telepictures and distributor Warner Bros. Television was sent to staffers last week saying that they have engaged WarnerMedia's employee relations group along with a third party firm which is planning to interview current and former employees abut their experience working on the show.
This comes just over a week after a Buzzfeed report into the show alleged racism and intimidation among other workplace issues. For the report Buzzfeed spoke to 10 former and one current staff member, all of whom asked to remain anonymous.
Executive producer Ed Glavin and fellow executive producers Andy Lassner and Mary Connelly quickly addressed the allegations in the Buzzfeed report with a joint statement.
"We are truly heartbroken and sorry to learn that even one person in our production family has had a negative experience. It’s not who we are and not who we strive to be, and not the mission Ellen has set for us," they said.
"For the record, the day to day responsibility of The Ellen Show is completely on us. We take all of this very seriously and we realise, as many in the world are learning, that we need to do better, are committed to do better, and we will do better."
In April of this year Variety reported that staffers on the show weren't happy with the lack of communication surrounding pay and working hours during the coronavirus pandemic. According to the report, staff received "no written communication about the status of their working hours, pay, or inquiries about their mental and physical health from producers for over a month".
Cosmopolitan has reached out to representatives from The Ellen Show for comment.
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