Aug 01, 2020
Lea Thompson backs claims of mean behavior at Ellen Show
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“Back to the Future” star Lea Thompson backed actor Brad Garrett’s claims about “mean” behavior behind the scenes on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”
Last week Garrett, a six-time guest on the show, said in a tweet that he “knows more than one who were treated horribly” by the host months after allegations of behind-the-scenes bullying and mistreatment came to light.Garrett said the on-set behavior was “common knowledge.”
“True story. It is,” wrote Thompson in a tweet on Friday after news reports indicated the show is now the subject of an investigation of “staff experiences on set” by WarnerMedia, according to the Daily Mail.
Although DeGeneres, 62, has not been accused of any wrongdoing, employees claimed they were told not to speak to her if they saw her in the building. One former employee said they were fired after taking a month of medical leave following a suicide attempt. A black woman said she suffered numerous “microaggressions” after her request for a raise was ignored, the newspaper reported.
Last week, the TV host sought to shift the blame for the toxic environment in an emotional apology to her staff. “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,” she wrote.
But Garrett dismissed her claims. “Sorry but it comes from the top @TheEllenShow,” he wrote in his tweet.
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Former Ellen DJ Tony Okungbowa Details Toxicity on The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Tony Okungbowa — also known as DJ Tony on The Ellen DeGeneres Show — echoed his former colleagues in an Instagram post, in which he detailed the “toxicity” that comes with working under Ellen DeGeneres.
“Hey Guys. I hope you are all keeping safe out there during these trying times. I have been getting calls asking me about the Ellen Degeneres Show and I would like to address the time I spent there,” wrote Okungbowa in an Instagram post.
“I was on air talent from 2003-2006 and from 2007 -2013,” he continued. “While I am grateful for the opportunity it afforded me, I did experience and feel the toxicity of the environment and I stand with my former colleagues in their quest to create a healthier and more inclusive workplace as the show moves forward.”View this post on Instagram
Hey Guys, I hope you are all keeping safe out there during these trying times. I have been getting calls asking me about the Ellen Degeneres Show and I would like to address the time I spent there. I was on air talent from 2003-2006 and from 2007 -2013. While I am grateful for the opportunity it afforded me, I did experience and feel the toxicity of the environment and I stand with my former colleagues in their quest to create a healthier and more inclusive workplace as the show moves forward.
A post shared by Tony okungbowa (@tokungbowa) on Aug 4, 2020 at 9:53am PDT
The Ellen DeGeneres Show recently became subject to an internal investigation by corporate parent WarnerMedia following accusations that executives allowed a hostile work environment to fester for years. Employees spoke publicly, detailing DeGeneres’ rudeness toward show staff, and claimed that she had enabled a workplace culture that allowed for her higher-level employees to engage in rampant sexual misconduct for years.
Last week, DeGeneres apologized to her staff following the allegations of sexual harassment and a toxic work environment on the show. Following the talk show host’s apology, however, two Hollywood celebrities — Brad Garrett and Lea Thompson — called DeGeneres out on her apology, claiming that it is “common knowledge” that she mistreated employees.
Not all celebrities, however, seem to concur. Despite their initial silence, a few celebrities have come out to defend the talk show host. While her staff revolts, celebrities, such as Katy Perry, Kevin Hart, Diane Keaton, and Ashton Kutcher, have all recently proclaimed that DeGeneres treated them with kindness and respect. Ratings for the show, meanwhile, have plummeted to a new low.
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