TV talk show host and comedian, Ellen DeGeneres, faces new criticism after her apology regarding sexual and racial misconduct allegations among her crew, didn't go down well with former employees.
DeGeneres marked the return of her talk show, Ellen, with a monologue in which she dealt with the rumours and accusations relating to the toxic work environment on set. The news came alight during the show's annual summer break after a BuzzFeed article.
While many viewers and fans of the actress might have taken the apology to heart and applauded her for it, a former employee told BuzzFeed that it was all for the ratings.
"It's always tactical," the employee said. "The average person will listen to it and make their own choices, but what people don't always take into account is that information is power, and she's sharing it now because it's for premiere week and it's got to get viewers back, and that just feels the opposite of what this message is about."
Another former employee told BuzzFeed that Ellen's comments were "inappropriate".
"When you're talking about people who have accused her leadership of the seriousness of sexual misconduct, I don't think it's appropriate to have jokes in the monologue."
During her monologue, DeGeneres said that she had "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."
DeGeneres is married to businesswoman and former actress Portia de Rossi, who also announced her support for her spouse on social media.
SkyNews reports that three top producers left the show in August.
During the first episode, DeGeneres also announced that her long-time show DJ, Stephen Boss, known as tWitch, has been appointed as a Co-Executive Producer of the show. tWitch was the guest DJ on the Ellen show since 2014.
Watch the Ellen video below for the talk show host's full monologue.
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