The Ellen DeGeneres Show is being investigated by WarnerMedia after unflattering reports of workplace problems on the show surfaced. In April, Variety reported on the treatment of long standing crewmembers during the coronavirus lockdown. In a report from BuzzFeed News, one current and 10 former staff members claimed to be victims of bullying and racism.
Executives from show producer Telepictures and distributor Warner Bros. Television sent a memo out to staffers saying that WarnerMedia’s employee relations group and a third-party firm, will interview current and former staffers about their experience on set.
Eric Schiffer, chairman of Reputation Management Consultants, stated that the results of the investigations could have “deadly consequences for Ellen” and her brand. He believes DeGeneres faces a dangerous period in her career at a critical time in the American experience.” Any finding that reveal a toxic workplace “would be an apocalyptic ending to her TV career,” he added.
DeGeneres has remained silent on the matter.