Transcript for DeGeneres responds to allegations of toxic work environment
seen the headlines, new allegations this morning just hours after the talk show host apologized in that emotional letter to her staff addressing allegations of a toxic work environment and the production studio's investigation. Kaylee Hartung has more. Kaylee, good morning. Reporter: Good morning, Tom. The culture at Ellen's talk show has been under a harsh spotlight and just as Ellen vows to make changes these new allegations are painting an even more disturbing picture behind the scenes. Be kind to one another, bye. Reporter: This morning, disturbing new allegations rocking the "Ellen" show just hours after Ellen apologized over accusations her show created a toxic work culture. Details of sexual harassment and misconduct against several top producers at the talk show by dozens of former employees who spoke out anonymously. These accusations following earlier claims from one current and ten former employees who also spoke anonymously to buzzfeed claiming they faced, quote, racism, fear and intimidation. I think one of the reasons that this story sort of became as big as it was is because the show and Ellen herself has sort of a be kind mantra and these allegations of, you know, a toxic work culture flies in the face of that mantra. Reporter: Buzzfeed reporting a black woman who worked there for a year and a half alleged one senior writer told her, I'm sorry, I only know the names of the white people who work here and says she was reprimanded by the show's executive producer for suggesting the staff receive diversity and inclusion training. According to the report some claim they were told not to speak directly to DeGeneres. In a letter to staffers, the Emmy award winning host writing on day one of our show I told everyone in our first meeting that "The Ellen dgeneres 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 is not the case and for that I am sorry. Ellen also saying my name is on the show and everything we do and I take responsibility for that. A lot of these accusations are over racism, they're over unjust termination. They're over sort of a larger culture of fear and intimidation and a toxic workplace environment that is perpetuated by the show's producers. I think what you're hearing in a lot of these claims not so much about Ellen herself but rather about the sort of management team around her. Reporter: An internal investigation launched by Warner brothers after the initial buzzfeed report found some deficiencies related to the show's day-to-day management, though not all of the allegations were corroborated. DeGeneres promising to correct the issues writing, quote, as we've grown exponentially I have not been able to stay on top of everything and relied on others to do their jobs as they knew I'd want them done. Clearly some didn't. That will now change and I'm committed to ensuring this does not happen. Now, Ellen says along with Warner brothers studio they are taking steps to correct these issues and that includes some staffing changes. According to "The Hollywood reporter," one top producer has already been let go. Amy. All right, Kaylee, thank you.
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