Warner Bros got the broom through the production team of the American talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show after employees criticized the unsafe work atmosphere behind the scenes. Three producers who had been with the team since the talk show’s inception in 2003 have been fired, Variety reports.
About 200 employees received the news in a video conference from presenter Ellen DeGeneres, who was very emotional and apologized several times. She would have told the staff that she is “not perfect” and that the people behind the scenes had not been taken into account.
The management of the program has been under fire for weeks because there is allegedly systematic racism, (sexual) intimidation and a diseased atmosphere. DeGeneres called the allegations heartbreaking.
The results of an internal investigation were also discussed during the meeting, according to Variety. After conversations with more than a hundred employees, this showed that there is no evidence of systematic racism. However, it turned out that more steps need to be taken in the field of diversity and inclusion. DeGeneres announced that workshops are scheduled for everyone.