Outrage as Ellen Show wins top award after 'toxic' allegations

Sarah Carty
·Features & Style Editor
·2-min read

People have been left scratching their heads after the Ellen DeGeneres Show took out a top award at the E! People's Choice Awards.

Over the summer in the US, multiple employees accused the show of having a toxic work environment.

 Ellen DeGeneres accepts the award for The Daytime Talk Show of 2020 onstage for the 2020 E! People's Choice Awards held at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California and on broadcast on Sunday, November 15, 2020.
The Ellen Degeneres Show has won best daytime talk show at the E! People's Choice Awards. Photo: Getty Images

After an investigation, and a couple of apologies three executive producers were fired.

However, despite this, the show won best daytime talk show at yesterday’s E! People's Choice Awards.

“I am not only accepting this award for myself,” Ellen said in her acceptance speech yesterday.

“I’m accepting on behalf of my amazing crew, my amazing staff who make the show possible. They show up every single day, they give 100 percent of themselves, 100 percent of the time.”

Fans online were left gobsmacked, with one person writing: “Sooo we’re now rewarding bad behavior?”

“I’m surprised with all the negativity that the show has gotten,” another wrote.

Others said: “Umm how did The Ellen Show really win?” and “Ain’t no way after the year she’s had!”

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Ellen smiled as she accepted the 2020 E! People's Choice Award
Ellen thanked her staff and fans when she collected the award. Photo: Getty Images

One person simply commented online, summing up the confusion by writing: “Wait. What??”

Over the US summer, a number of staff and former workers on the daytime talk show spoke out anonymously to Buzzfeed, slamming the reported mistreatment they experienced during their time at the show.

In response, WarnerMedia launched an internal investigation, with a third party firm reportedly being hired to interview current and former staff about their experiences while working on the Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Allegations from current and former employees include claims of being fired after taking medical leave or bereavement days, facing microaggressions and a culture of bullying and favouritism by executive producers.

Ellen DeGeneres during a taping of The Ellen DeGeneres Show,  May 24, 2016 in Burbank, CA
Over the summer in the US, the Ellen DeGeneres Show came up against toxic workplace allegations. Photo: Getty Images

No specific claims were made against Ellen, although some staff claimed they were told not to speak to the TV presenter and comedian if she was in the office.

Executive producers Ed Glavin, Mary Connelly and Andy Lassner said in a statement: "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 realise, as many in the world are learning, that we need to do better, are committed to do better, and we will do better."

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