Ellen DeGeneres addresses ‘toxic workplace’ scandal as she returns to show

Ellen DeGeneres has broken her silence about her show being a "toxic workplace".

The 62-year-old comedian addressed the accusations for the first time ever after allegations of misconduct on her show.

On Monday she spoke about the allegations in her opening monologue, which first appeared in a YouTube video and will later appear on her show.

She apologised to viewers, saying she takes responsibility "for what happens at my show."

Ellen explained: "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 have happened.

"I take that very seriously and I want to say I am so sorry to the people who were affected. I know that I'm in a position of privilege and power and I realised that with that comes responsibility, and I take responsibility for what happens at my show."

This marked the first time Ellen publicly spoke to viewers about the accusations since BuzzFeed News reported an array current and past employees who said executive producers on the show engaged in rampant sexual misconduct and harassment.

Another BuzzFeed News report in mid-July detailed former employees' accounts of racism, fear, and intimidation from bosses.

Executive producers Ed Glavin, Kevin Leman, and co-executive producer Jonathan Norman fired in August, and WarnerMedia launched a third-party investigation.

Ellen filmed the episode in the studio for the first time since lockdown as throughout the pandemic she broadcasted from her home.

She said to viewers: "This is The Ellen DeGeneres Show. I am Ellen DeGeneres. My name is there, my name is there, my name is on underwear.

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"We have had a lot of conversations over the last few weeks about the show, our workplace, and what we want for the future. We have made the necessary changes and today we are starting a new chapter."

She continued: "There were also articles in the press and on social media that said that I am not who I appeared to be on TV, because I became known as the "be kind" lady. And here's how that happened: I started saying, "be kind to one another" after a young man named Tyler Clementi took his own life after being bullied for being gay.

"I thought the world needed more kindness and it was a reminder that we all needed that, and I think we need it more than ever right now. Being known as the "be kind" lady is a tricky position to be in.

"So let me give you some advice out there if anybody's thinking of changing their title or giving yourself a nickname, do not go with the "be kind" lady. Don't do it. The truth is I am that person that you see on TV."

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