Listen up Ellen fans!

As claims of abuse, racism and creating ‘toxic’ work environment continue to plague Ellen DeGeneres, the talk show host says she will be addressing her fans.

According to The Daily Mail, the 62-year-old was spotted leaving a restaurant in Souther California and was asked about how her show would look following the firings of three top producers. She responded simply, “’I will be talking to my fans.” 

Last week, three senior producers — executive producers Ed Glavin and Kevin Leman and co-executive producer Jonathan Norman were all ousted from The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The news was apparently delivered during a staff meeting in which DeGeneres spoke via a video conference call.

In an email to staff obtained by BuzzFeed News, David McGuire, executive vice president of programming at Warner Bros., said, “We promised you change and a new culture, and we are absolutely committed to that.”

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“Many of you have spoken with WarnerMedia’s investigators, and we thank you for your honesty. And though the investigation is nearing its conclusion, our willingness to confidentially hear your thoughts is ongoing,” he said.

On July 30, Glavin, Leman and Norman were called out in a story published by BuzzFeed News regarding allegations of sexual harassment and intimidation. One ex-employee said Leman asked him if he could give him a hand job or perform oral sex in a bathroom at a company party in 2013. Another said they separately saw Leman grab a production assistant’s penis.

As OK! previously reported, claims of outrageous and mean behavior have dogged the show for months and Warner Bros. was forced to launch an official investigation. In a statement, the network said it was “disappointed that the primary findings of the investigation indicated some deficiencies related to the show’s day-to-day management.”

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In her own statement to staff, DeGeneres said: “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. As someone who was judged and nearly lost everything for just being who I am, I truly understand and have deep compassion for those being looked at differently, or treated unfairly, not equal, or – worse – disregarded. To think that any one of you felt that way is awful to me.”

But as OK! reported, the allegations range from the odd to the obscene.

One insider told OK! DeGeneres can’t stand gum and if someone near her has it in their mouth, “she freaks out.”

Viewers see the host’s cozy home during lockdown broadcasts, but a second source said things are not as warm as they look, particularly for her staff.

“She has no respect for those who literally clean up her mess. She’ll fire you on the spot if you upset her,” that source said.

A third source said the television host has little to no respect for minimum-wage production assistants who are considered totally expendable.

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The Finding Dory star came under fire yet again when a clip of her poking fun at Sofia Vergara’s accent resurfaced. The Colombian-born actress though was quick to responded and claimed they were just ‘two comedians having fun with each other to entertain.’

‘I was never a victim guys,’ she continued. ‘I was always in on the joke.’

The Modern Family star isn’t the only celeb coming to DeGeneres’ defense. Comedian Kevin Hart. stuck up for his friend in a recent interview with Deadline.

“Well, I don’t lose sight of the definition of friendship, and in our business, it’s one thing that people don’t really hold on to,” the 41-year-old said while promoting his new Netflix series, Kevin Hart: Don’t F** This Up. “There’s a lot of relationships that are fake, and there’s some that are real. In my case, the ones that are real are the ones that I’m always going to be adamant about speaking on behalf of. I know the people that both of them are, and knowing the people, all I can say is my experiences with those people.”

A number of others stars including Ashton Kutcher, Katy Perry, Samantha Ronson and Jerry O’Connell have all expressed their support for DeGeneres on social media.

 

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