Former Ellen DeGeneres’ Show Employees Say Executive Producers Engaged In Rampant Sexual Misconduct
The Ellen DeGeneres Show is one of those shows that can always make us laugh. From the hilarious celebrity chats to the comedic host herself, there’s always something to giggle about on the show.
However, there have been recent allegations regarding poor treatment, like harassment and assault, to staff members behind the scenes on the show, forcing a third-party company to investigate and interview staff members to learn more about the work environment.
And what they found was even more than they originally thought.
Besides having a toxic environment, according to a BuzzFeed news report, there have been instances of several top behind-the-scenes executives have engaged in sexual misconduct with employees who are lower than them.
One of the culprits was a head writer and executive producer Kevin Leman. At a company party in 2013, he allegedly asked for sexual favors from another employee in the restroom.
Additionally, one anonymous employee said they say Leman grab a production assistant’s private parts and another said they witnessed him kissing another assistant’s neck in a car. Others made it clear there’s truth to this saying he would also make sexually explicit comments in the office.
Leman has denied anything of the sort.
“I have always aimed to treat everyone on the staff with kindness, inclusivity and respect,” he stated. ”In my whole time on the show, to my knowledge, I’ve never had a single HR or inter-personal complaint made about me, and I am devastated beyond belief that this kind of malicious and misleading article could be published.”
Warner Bros. studio commented on the situation with how they’ll handle the allegations going forward. “Though not all of the allegations were corroborated, we are disappointed that the primary findings of the investigation indicated some deficiencies related to the show’s day-to-day management,” they said. “We have identified several staffing changes, along with appropriate measures to address the issues that have been raised, and are taking the first steps to implement them.”
What do you think of these claims? Will you still watch the Ellen DeGeneres Show?