Ex-'Ellen DeGeneres Show' staff declare tradition of 'rampant sexual misconduct' in new report


Ellen DeGeneres’s apology to her speak present staffers over office toxicity allegations hasn’t stopped new ones from surfacing.

BuzzFeed News has dozens of former staffers making claims of “rampant sexual misconduct and harassment” on the set. And Everybody Loves Raymond actor Brad Garrett said that mistreatment by DeGeneres — whose motto is “be kind” — is “common knowledge.”” data-reactid=”17″>One day after the Ellen DeGeneres Show host broke her silence in a workers letter concerning the ongoing investigation of the present, a brand new report from BuzzFeed News has dozens of former staffers making claims of “rampant sexual misconduct and harassment” on the set. And Everybody Loves Raymond actor Brad Garrett stated that mistreatment by DeGeneres — whose motto is “be kind” — is “common knowledge.”

BuzzFeed story, top executive producers engaged in inappropriate workplace behavior, with one “being handsy” with female staffers and another soliciting oral sex at a work party.” data-reactid=”22″>According to the brand new BuzzFeed story, high govt producers engaged in inappropriate office conduct, with one “being handsy” with feminine staffers and one other soliciting oral intercourse at a piece social gathering.

Many of the brand new claims focus on head author and govt producer Kevin Leman. A former worker claimed Leman was behind the work social gathering incident — which they stated performed out in a restroom at an organization occasion in 2013. Another former staffer stated they individually noticed Leman seize a male manufacturing assistant’s genitals. Another ex-staffer claimed she noticed Leman grope a manufacturing assistant in a automotive in 2017. And dozens of others talked about sexually express feedback made by him, usually to lower-level and youthful staff.

Leman denied “any kind of sexual impropriety” in a press release to the information outlet. He admitted he had “occasionally pushed the envelope” in arising with “jokes,” as the pinnacle author of the present however stated he’s “horrified that some of my attempts at humor may have caused offense.” He continued: “I have always aimed to treat everyone on the staff with kindness, inclusivity and respect. In my whole time on the show, to my knowledge, I’ve never had a single HR or interpersonal complaint made about me, and I am devastated beyond belief that this kind of malicious and misleading article could be published.”

Ellen producers Jonathan Norman, Andy Lassner, Kevin Leman, Ed Glavin and Mary Connelly with the Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show Entertainment in 2015. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

BuzzFeed News spoke to 36 former staff in complete, “many of whom independently corroborated incidents of harassment, sexual misconduct and assault from top producers like Leman,” in line with the story.

claimed they confronted racism and intimidation within the office. (In the sooner report, fingers have been pointed on the present’s three govt producers, additionally together with Ed Glavin, Andy Lassner and Mary Connelly. The three EPs issued a press release on the time saying they have been “truly heartbroken and sorry to learn that even one person in our production family has had a negative experience.”)

The behind-the-scenes drama additionally led to Garrett’s calling out DeGeneres over alleged — although unspecified — mistreatment. He reposted a tweet about how DeGeneres apologized to staffers for the poisonous office tradition and wrote, “Sorry but it comes from the top,” including that he is aware of “more than one who were treated horribly by her.” He known as it “common knowledge.”

not to have a look at her forward of an interview.

In an extended letter to staff on Thursday — that was leaked to the press — DeGeneres apologized and claimed duty for the actions of her producer group towards subordinates and promised change to enhance operations.

“I could not have the success I’ve had without all of your contributions. My name is on the show and everything we do, and I take responsibility for that,” she wrote.

She added, “We are taking steps, together, to correct the issues. As we’ve grown exponentially, I’ve not been able to stay on top of everything and relied on others to do their jobs as they knew I’d want them done. Clearly some didn’t. That will now change, and I’m committed to ensuring this does not happen again.”

DeGeneres has not issued a public assertion.

This has all been effervescent up for a while. In March, a Twitter thread went viral with individuals sharing tales about “one of the meanest people alive,” DeGeneres. The preliminary tweet was shared greater than 70,000 instances and acquired 2,700 likes.