"Be kind to one another" is the line popular US talk show host and comedian, Ellen DeGeneres, uses to end of each episode of her popular TV talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
But, according to reports and an in-depth article by BuzzFeed News, it doesn’t hold true to the employees working on the show.
"That 'be kind' bull*&%# only happens when the cameras are on. It’s all for show," one former employee told BuzzFeed News.
"I know they give money to people and help them out, but it’s for the show."
BuzzFeed News spoke to one current and 10 former employees of the show, where taking medical or family responsibility leave to attend family funerals have led to some of them being fired.
Other complaints referred to racial comments and the fact that employees aren't allowed to speak to DeGeneres if they happen to see her around the office.
While DeGeneres herself has not commented on the matter yet, the show’s executive producers released a statement saying they are "truly heartbroken and sorry to learn that even one person in our production family has had a negative experience." They also elaborated that the day-to-day responsibility of the show is not Ellen's responsibility, but theirs.
In April, Variety reported that the show’s crew members received no written communication about the status of their working hours, pay or inquiries about their mental and physical health during the COVID-19 pandemic when production was halted.
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