Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres has been having a rough 2020. Her show, like many others, went dark when the pandemic hit. On top of that, Ellen’s been dodging rumors and accusations about behavior on the set of her show and the fallout seems to be continuing while changes are made.
After coming out of the closet in a now-famous move, Ellen DeGeneres has been the host of her own successful talk show for 17 seasons. Debuting in 2003, the show has gone on to win over 61 Daytime Emmy Awards, beating even The Oprah Winfrey Show for wins in the Oustanding Talk Show and Outstanding Talk Show Entertainment categories. It’s been a multi-million-dollar enterprise for Ellen and one that she seemed to take very seriously.
Over the years, Ellen’s developed a reputation for philanthropy and giving through her show. She’s made it a platform for not only entertainment but also LGBT issues, given that’s one of her main causes – and the reason why she’s at the head of her own empire. As a comedian outside of her talk show, the accolades continue to mount up, with her success minting her as one of the legendary comics of our time.
With success comes trials, however and Ellen’s finding herself in the center of many currently. Word came at the beginning of this week that in addition to Warner Bros., the studio who oversees the show alongside DeGeneres, had released three senior producers with The Ellen DeGeneres Show. After the allegations of a toxic workplace environment were discussed in a Buzzfeed article in July, the three producers were all seemingly wrapped up in the complaints, along with Ellen and the general environment of the production.
While Ellen reportedly was wanting to step away from her show after such a long run, it seems as if the contract renewal that she’d just signed to take her show into 2022 is still in play.
Shutdowns aside, the complaints from staff seemed to extend much further before that. With complaints ranging from a Black woman experiencing racist comments, actions and microaggressions to a bodyguard of Ellen calling the host’s treatment of others “demeaning,” the show seemed to be due for a reckoning, despite its motto of “Be Kind” and public displays of charity.
A range of celebrities coming out to support Ellen, despite the fact that the employees were the ones complaining about their treatment. That has seemed to also prompt a deeper look into Ellen’s social media channels and a tweet has been found that many think might be a smoking gun into the way Ellen’s image has been reported.
Fans and detractors have stumbled upon an old tweet of Ellen’s that raised their eyebrows, with all the allegations floating around about the host and her show.
“I made one of my employees cry like a baby on today’s show. Honestly, it felt good,” read the tweet. It’s from 2009 but it’s started to trend again as some sort of proof about the allegations about Ellen.
See the tweet below for yourself.
I made one of my employees cry like a baby on today’s show. Honestly, it felt good.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) June 5, 2009