Aug 02, 2020
An executive producer on Ellen said nobody is going off the air amid allegations of a toxic work environment on set
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With remote back-to-school, child care challenges — for providers and families — emerge Ground beef recall 2020: JBS Food Canada recalls more than 38,000 pounds of meat An executive producer on Ellen said nobody is going off the air amid allegations of a toxic work environment on set © Provided by INSIDER Andy Lassner has been an executive producer on "Ellen" since 2003.TheEllenShow / YouTube
- Andy Lassner, executive producer on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," tweeted back to someone who was questioning whether the show would be canceled.
- "Nobody is going off the air," he said.
- Lassner has been the executive producer on "Ellen" since 2003.
- The show's future is uncertain since Buzzfeed News published an investigation spoke to employees who claimed the set was rife with sexual misconduct and harassment.
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An executive producer on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" has spoken out about rumors the show will be canceled after allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment were aired in an explosive Buzzfeed News investigation.
A fan, called Susan, tweeted Andy Lassner, saying she wished him well if the show goes off the air "due to all these allegations."
"I hope you are able to find employment quickly," she said.
Lassner replied, saying: "Nobody is going off the air."—andy lassner (@andylassner) July 30, 2020
Lassner has been an executive producer on "Ellen" since 2003. He sent a statement to Entertainment Tonight along with fellow EPs Mary Connelly and Ed Glavin, On July 17.
"Over the course of nearly two decades, 3,000 episodes, and employing over 1000 staff members, we have strived to create an open, safe, and inclusive work environment," the statement reads. "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."
It continued, saying "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," it said.
DeGeneres also responded to the allegations in a letter to staff, obtained by several news organizations. She said she was "disappointed to learn" that staff were unhappy and felt disrespected.
"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," she wrote. "Clearly some didn't. That will now change and I'm committed to ensuring this does not happen again."
The statements follow the news that the show is now the subject of an internal investigation after dozens of current and former employees spoke about a "toxic work culture."
Sources reportedly told US Weekly that staff are worried about the show's future.
"Staffers are texting and calling each other freaking out as they fear Ellen [DeGeneres] will quit or that the show will be cancelled," they said. "The show feels done. It's going to be very hard to turn this around."
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Potential Kodak deal paused until allegations are cleared
NEW YORK (AP) — A government agency said a potential deal to have Eastman Kodak help make generic drugs is being paused until allegations of insider trading at the once mighty photography company are cleared.
“Recent allegations of wrongdoing raise serious concerns,” said the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation in a tweet late Friday. “We will not proceed any further unless these allegations are cleared.”
The International Development Finance Corporation did not respond for a request for comment Saturday.
Kodak, which is based in Rochester, New York, declined to comment.
Last month, the International Development Finance Corporation signed a letter of intent to potentially give Kodak a $765 million loan to help pay for factory changes needed to make pharmaceutical ingredients in short supply in the U.S.
News of the potential deal sent the company’s stock price surging.
But last week, Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren asked the Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate whether insider trading laws had been broken, citing “unusual trading activity” before the deal was announced.
The SEC is now in the early stages of a probe, according to The Wall Street Journal, which cited anonymous sources. The SEC has declined to comment on the report.
On Friday, Kodak announced it was conducting an internal review related to the loan deal.
The loan, which hasn’t been finalized, was expected to be used to expand plants in Rochester and St. Paul, Minnesota.
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