Watch: Ellen Addresses Toxic Workplace Controversy in Lengthy Opening Monologue on Talkshow

Monday September 21, 2020

Ellen DeGeneres on her "Ellen" talkshow.
Ellen DeGeneres on her "Ellen" talkshow.  (Source:YouTube Still)

Ellen DeGeneres' Emmy-winning daytime talk show returned for its 18th Season Monday morning and the host took time to address reports of workplace toxicity that have tarnished her otherwise squeaky clean reputation.

In a seven-minute monologue, DeGeneres welcomed her fans back her program and quickly discussed her controversy, apologizing "to the people that were affected" and said she is "taking responsibility for what happens at my show."

"As you may have heard, this summer there were allegations of a toxic work environment at our show and then there was an investigation," she went on to say. "I 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 that were affected. I know that I am in a position of privilege and power and with that comes responsibility and I take responsibility for what happens at my show.

"We have had a lot of conversations over the last few weeks about the show, the workplace and what we want for the future. We have made the necessary changes and today we are starting a new chapter," she added.

DeGeneres also went on to address reports and rumors about her reputation that she is less than kind to people behind the scenes.

"Being known as the 'be kind' lady is a tricky position to be in," she said. "So let me give you some advice out there if anybody's thinking of changing their title or giving yourself a nickname, do not go with the 'be kind' lady. Don't do it. The truth is I am that person that you see on TV."

Over the summer, a number of former and current "Ellen Show" employees told BuzzFeed of the alleged toxic workplace environment at the talk show, including racism and intimidating behavior. Warner Media then launched an investigation into the show where three top producers were fired.

Watch Ellen's opening monologue below.

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