Ellen DeGeneres is reportedly wanting “out of the show” after claims about the ‘toxic’ atmosphere among staff on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
The 62-year-old comedian host one of the biggest shows on US television but it has been alleged that she is looking to walk away from it all.
A source has told Us Weekly that Ellen is feeling “betrayed” by the number of allegations about her behaviour and the actions of some of the executives which has led to staff speaking out.
The source said: “She is p***ed that people have come forward to share these negative stories about her and feels betrayed.”
This has left Ellen feeling like she is a “target” because of the success she has enjoyed.
The insider continued: “She knows she can be tough at times but believes she works hard and is extremely creative and that it’s a privilege to work for her and be around her.”
It all kicked off with the show last month when 10 members of the The Ellen DeGeneres Show team went to Buzzfeed with allegations of fear and intimidation as well as racism while working on the Emmy-winning talk show.
They believed that Ellen should have stepped in and stopped the behaviour, as well as not had ‘diva’ moments herself.
On July 30, Ellen reached out to her staff in a letter in which she apologised for what has happened and how they are feeling.
She told the show’s staff: “On day one of our show, I told everyone in our first meeting that The Ellen DeGeneres Show would be a place of happiness – no one would ever raise their voice, and everyone would be treated with respect.
“Obviously, something changed and I am disappointed to learn that this has not been the case. And for that, I am sorry.
“Anyone who knows me knows it’s the opposite of what I believe and what I hoped for our show.”
Just hours after the apology, Buzzfeed published a second report in which they alleged that a further 36 former employees had come forward, with some alleging sexual misconduct.
Executive producer Ed Glavin has reportedly decided to stand down from his role, but he has not publicly addressed the claims.
A former employee alleged to Buzzfeed: “For someone who’s so involved in the show and the creative aspect, and having been in those meetings with her, it’s very hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that she doesn’t hear the same whispers.
“Unless she really is just in this bubble.”
Another added: “She knows s*** goes on, but also she doesn’t want to hear it.”
Rumours that the show will be cancelled were shut down after longtime executive producer, Andy Lassner, said: “Nobody is going off the air.”
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