Ellen DeGeneres directly addressed allegations of a toxic work environment that created an onslaught of controversy for her show over the summer during the show’s season premiere.
“As you may have heard this summer, there were allegations of a toxic work environment at our show and then there was an investigation. I learned that things happened here that never should’ve happened,” she said as she opened the show. “I take that very seriously, and I want to say I’m so sorry to the people who were affected.”
“I know that I’m in a position of privilege and power, and I realize that with that comes with responsibility, and I take responsibility for what happens at my show,” she continues. “This is ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show,’ I am Ellen DeGeneres.”
Ellen also alluded to the firings of top producers Ed Glavin, Kevin Leman and Jonathan Norman.
“We have had a lot of conversations over the last few weeks about the show, our workplace and what we want for the future,” she shared. “We have made the necessary changes and today we are starting a new chapter.”
While she maintained that she really is “kind,” she also pointed out she feels other emotions, too.
“The truth is I am that person that you see on TV. I am also a lot of other things,” she said. “Sometimes I get sad, I get mad, I get anxious, I get frustrated, I get impatient, and I am working on all of that.
“I am a work in progress. I am especially working on the impatience thing, and it’s not going well because it’s not happening fast enough, I will tell you that,” she joked.
Watch her full monologue below.
Today we’re starting a new chapter. pic.twitter.com/PvpZXnXLv5
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) September 21, 2020