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“Let’s mark the date on the calendar and the way lengthy it’s going to be earlier than we’re having a dialog about New York is crying out for extra police,” Police Commissioner Dermot Shea says of final week’s Metropolis Council vote to cut back the scale of the NYPD. Certainly — and it’s price remembering who stood the place.

The vote on the $88.2 billion funds was 32-17, with one member in a hospital ER and one other seat vacant. However what they mentioned issues extra.

Some stand out as heroes:

•  I. Daneek Miller (D-Queens) voted for the funds however opposed the NYPD defunding. “Black people need to be secure like everybody else, we simply need to be revered,” he mentioned. “We are able to’t enable people from exterior our neighborhood to lecture us about black lives and what we’d like in our communities.”

• Robert Holden (D-Queens): “I can’t vote in favor of a funds with such massive arbitrary cuts to the NYPD that can make our metropolis much less secure, our cops much less revered and our center class much less supported.”

• Joe Borelli (R-SI): “We all know what we’re doing will create a extra violent metropolis.” And: “The council has determined to compound a falsehood that cops are the reason for violence in our communities.”

That’s three very completely different politicians from very completely different districts, standing up for the reality.

Others come off as critical zeroes:

• Council Speaker Corey Johnson mentioned he was in the end “upset” with the funds, as he wished deeper cuts to the NYPD and a bigger discount of its pressure.

• Donovan Richards (D), seemingly the following Queens borough president, wished a deeper scourging, arguing, “A $1 billion funds minimize can’t deal with the racism that runs rampant within the NYPD.”

• Carlos Menchaca (D-Bklyn) tweeted: “This Finances protects the NYPD, not New Yorkers. . . . The following Mayor and Council is within the streets. I’m able to comply with them.”

• Public Advocate Jumaane Williams was off in an alternate actuality, insisting, “By simply saying we’re hiring further cops I feel is sending the unsuitable message.” Huh? The funds cancels the July class of 1,163 police cadets and goals to shrink the NYPD headcount by attrition. He additionally threatened to dam the town from accumulating property-tax income — a menace primarily based on a transparent misreading of his powers below the Metropolis Constitution.

• Gov. Andrew Cuomo seized the prospect to . . . once more punch down at Mayor Invoice de Blasio: “Change [the NYPD], however we took cash from them. However what does that do? The issue is larger than that — the issue is worse than that.” What drawback, precisely? As traditional, he didn’t specify, nor provide any answer of his personal.

These are profiles in pandering cowardice.

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Ellen DeGeneres to return to host namesake show for 18th season despite claims of a toxic workplace culture

Ellen DeGeneres will come back to host her show's 18th season as investigations into allegations of a toxic workplace continue, reports suggest.  

The daytime talk show has been hit with multiple claims from past and current staffers that producers perpetuated a toxic work environment that included bullying and racism.  

Ellen is set to host the show - which has built a brand around the compassionate slogan 'Be Kind' - for its 18th season, despite widespread claims celebrities such as Sean Hayes, Kristen Bell, Melissa McCarthy and 'the ultimate A-lister' Jennifer Aniston were being considered to replace her.

Ellen DeGeneres (pictured) will come back to host her show's 18th season as investigations into allegations of a toxic workplace continue

A source close to The Ellen DeGeneres Show said 'no one is stepping in or taking over' as the investigation into the claims continue, NBC News reports. 

It comes shortly after reports that the show held a call with staffers on Monday to discuss how it will move forward amid the accusations.

Ellen was joined by executive producers Andy Lassner, Mary Connelly and Derek Westervelt and senior staff members and they are said to have 'addressed'  the issues.

The daytime talk show has been hit with multiple claims from past and current staffers that producers perpetuated a toxic work environment that included bullying and racism

A team returned to work on the show Monday after a summer break and are all working from home amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the show's spokesperson revealed.

Crewmembers have not started working yet. All work for upcoming seasons is being planned with coronavirus safety guidelines in place.

Early last week it was revealed that executives Telepictures and distributor Warner Bros. Television had sent a memo to staffers the previous week stating that they had asked WBTV-owner WarnerMedia’s employee relations group and a third party firm to interview current and former staffers about their experiences on set, Variety reported. 

It comes shortly after reports that the show held a call with staffers on Monday to discuss how it will move forward amid the accusations 

DeGeneres (on June 25) and the producers were said to have addressed claims made about a toxic workplace environment that included alleged bullying, racism and intimidation 

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The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which has been airing since 2003, has built a brand around the compassionate slogan 'Be Kind', which ranges from dishing out cash to people who appear on the show and instituting wider charity initiatives. 

However, many of the former staffers claim it's 'all for show'. 

'That "be kind" bulls**t only happens when the cameras are on. It's all for show,' one ex-staffer told BuzzFeed. 'I know they give money to people and help them out, but it's for show.' 

One black woman claimed she was the subject of racist micro-aggressions and abuse over an 18-month period. 

Soon after she was hired she recalled being told by senior producer that 'I hope we don't get confused', by the fact two black employees have box braids.  

She was also allegedly told by one of the show's writers: 'I'm sorry, I only know the names of the white people who work here.' 

The employees pinned the blame on executive producers rather than Ellen herself but accused Degeneres of not being involved enough to see what was happening on her show. 

'If she wants to have her own show and have her name on the show title, she needs to be more involved to see what's going on,' one ex-employee said. 

They added that it seemed like the executive producers told the host 'things are going great, everybody's happy', and that she 'just believes that'. 

They say Ellen should be checking the wellbeing of her staff herself.   

The same African-American employee said she asked producers not to use terms like 'spirit animal' and was referred to as the 'PC police' by colleagues.  

She brought up the issue to her white boss, who would use the fact he had a black friend to say, 'I understand your struggle', she said. 

'But it was all performative bulls**t', she added. 

She said that she asked for a raise owing to a new hire being paid more, and that she asked senior producers to roll out diversity training. 

Eventually she walked out of the show one day and never returned. 

'I feel angry about the way I was treated, and I am always going to stand up for Black, Indigenous, Latino, and Asian people, regardless if they're around,' she told BuzzFeed. 'I can't not say anything. I'm not going to stop talking.'  

One former employee added to the allegations, saying: 'I think it is a lot of smoke and mirrors when it comes to the show's brand.

'They pull on people's heartstrings; they do know that's going to get likes and what people are going to go for, which is a positive message. But that's not always reality.'

Another, who had been working on the show for a year, returned after being checked into a mental health facility following a suicide attempt to find that her position was terminated. 

'You'd think that if someone just tried to kill themselves, you don't want to add any more stress to their lives,' the employee said. 

They said that the producers talk 'openly' about mental health but that 'they're the reason there is a stigma'.

The initial findings 'indicated some deficiencies', a WarnerMedia spokesperson told the news outlet. 

On July 31, a Warner Bros. spokesperson told Variety in a statement that: 'We have identified several staffing changes, along with appropriate measures to address the issues that have been raised, and are taking the first steps to implement them.'

The statement went to note that 'Warner Bros. and Ellen DeGeneres are all committed to ensuring a workplace based on respect and inclusion. We are confident this course of action will lead us to the right way forward for the show.' 

During the meeting, the producers told staffers that they wanted the talk show staff to 'have fun at work,' sources told Us Weekly. 

Ellen is both host and an executive producer on the show but is not understood to be the investigators' main focus, reports suggest.

The source also said that 'they said a lot of [the claims are] true and a lot of it is not true' during the discussion.

The producers allegedly told those on the call that they 'are handling everything [and] things will be very different now.'

It's unclear if any specifics about what is being changed were discussed during the meeting.  

The source told the magazine that during the meeting some of the show staffers 'voiced some concerns.' Some of the producers were also 'called out' about past incidents. 

Producers told the staff that 'the show will go on' and that they would continue to be employed and paid, noting that Ellen 'is not giving up and the show will go on,' according to the source. 

The source categorized the call as being 'a pep talk' that left some staffers feeling better about the situation. 

The call between producers and staffers comes after BuzzFeed News' July 16 expose revealing claims made by one current and 10 former employees of Ellen's talk show accusing Lassner, Connelly and executive producer Ed Glavin of bullying. 

The current and former staffers said that they experienced racism, fear and intimidation while working on the long-running series and said that Ellen should have stepped in on their behalf. 

The show then faced additional accusations about sexual misconduct, lobbed on July 30 in another BuzzFeed News article, in which dozens of men and women named show producers Kevin Leman, Glavin and Jonathan Norman with alleged incidents of sexual harassment, misconduct or assault.     

Leman and Norman have denied the claims, while Glavin has not made a statement about them. 

He is reported to be expected to step down from his executive producer role, however. 

Last week, Ellen sent a memo to staff apologizing to them and acknowledging that the workplace culture didn't reflect the values that she set out to display when she started the talk show 17 years ago.   

'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,' DeGeneres wrote in the memo obtained by Variety.  

She went on to say that following the initial accusations made in the first BuzzFeed article, Warner Bros. and the producers 'immediately began an internal investigation and we are taking steps, together, to correct the issues.

'As we’ve grown exponentially, I’ve 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 again,' Ellen wrote.    

An Us Weekly source told the magazine that Ellen 'has never been afraid to fire anyone who is bad' and that if she chose to leave the talk show, she 'has enough money to never work again.'

The show's executive producers issued a joint statement to BuzzFeed when the allegations were first put forward. 

Executive Producers of the Ellen DeGeneres Show Ed Glavin (left), Mary Connelly (center) and  Andy Lassner (right) have been accused of fostering a hostile work environment

On the call, Ellen, Lassner, Connelly and executive producer Derek Westervelt supposedly said they wanted the talk show staff to 'have fun at work.' A scene from an old Ellen episode

'Over the course of nearly two decades, 3,000 episodes, and employing over 1,000 staff members, we have strived to create an open, safe and inclusive work environment,' read the announcement written by Glavin, Connelly and Lassner.

'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.'

'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 realize, as many in the world are learning, that we need to do better, are committed to do better, and we will do better,' the statement added.  

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