The Ellen DeGeneres Show continues to face accusations of a toxic working environment after another ex-staff member compared the working environment to that of the Devil Wears Prada. The ex-staff member compared Miranda Priestly, a fictional character in Devil Wears Prada, as a tyrannical boss.
The question is now being posed is whether the investigation will result in the cancellation of the Ellen DeGeneres Show. The talk show is now being investigated based on the large number of accusations about its work environment
Recently, one camera assistant called Stav, Abby & Matt, an Australian radio show, and related experiences they ha witnessed while working on the show. The caller, who was not identified also spoke about interactions they experienced with DeGeneres, stating: “I worked there for a little over a year. It‘s kind of like The Devil Wears Prada. Everyone is trying to make it to the (end of a) year. It’s just a badge of honour to have that and have it on your resume.”
The former employed further lamented that people were not permitted to be in the same room as DeGeneres. While talking to Stav, Abby & Matt, the caller added: “Most people are told, ‘When Ellen enters the room, you and your entire crew need to leave’. Sometimes her bodyguards come forward first and you kind of see them and you know to leave and that’s it.”
DeGeneres impacted by claims
While DeGeneres has been impacted by the claims of a toxic environment, the caller believes Ellen had little knowledge of what was happening behind the scenes with her own show, nor did she know everyone who works on the set. The complainants have stated that employees were told there is a line up for every position on the show, and if unhappy, you can leave.
DeGeneres has been facing scrutiny after multiple former staffers accused the DeGeneres show of racism, bullying and even sexual harassment. The result has seen Warner Bros launching an investigation. The complainants even included a former producer o the show who claimed Ellen is a toxic host and that she observed her laughing after a crew member was berated at Ed Glavin, the shows executive producer.
After the accusations were made public, DeGeneres sent out a letter to staff admitting that had to accept responsibility as it was her name headlining the show. She stated within the letter that the show had grown exponentially and that she was unable to keep abreast of everything instead trusting others to do their jobs as they knew she would expect them done.
While the investigation is on-going, several stars have come to her defence, including her spouse Portia de Rossi, while others such as Brad Garret said everyone knew what how things were at the show.