Amid a ballooning behind-the-scenes controversy involving widespread accusations of a poisonous office, one in all The Ellen DeGeneres Present‘s exec producers is denying rumors that the collection is on the verge of cancellation.
“No person goes off the air,” EP Andy Lassner insisted on social media Thursday after a fan talked about the cancellation buzz.
No person goes off the air.
— andy lassner (@andylassner) July 30, 2020
Lassner’s remark surfaced simply hours earlier than host Ellen DeGeneres addressed the accusations of bullying and mistreatment on the present’s set in a letter to her crew. Within the letter, DeGeneres says she at all times wished her present to be “a spot of happiness,” and “I’m disenchanted to study that this has not been the case. And for that, I’m sorry.” She went on to say that when she realized of the allegations, “we instantly started an inner investigation and we’re taking steps, collectively, to appropriate the problems.”
Implying that different executives on the present had didn’t uphold her requirements of conduct, she vows: “That may now change, and I’m dedicated to making sure this doesn’t occur once more.” (Ellen govt producer Ed Glavin, who’s on the middle of a number of of the allegations, will reportedly be let go, based on THR.)
The allegations from present and former Ellen workers, detailed in a number of Buzzfeed studies — together with one which dropped late Thursday, after Lassner’s cancellation denial — vary from racist feedback from senior producers, to staffers being fired for taking break day to attend household funerals, to rampant sexual misconduct and harassment within the office. DeGeneres wasn’t immediately implicated within the accusations, however as one former worker put it: “If she desires to have her personal present and have her identify on the present title, she must be extra concerned to see what’s occurring.”
In a press release following their inner investigation, Warner Bros. mentioned, “We now have recognized a number of staffing modifications, together with acceptable measures to handle the problems which were raised, and are taking the primary steps to implement them.”
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