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What Is This Ellen Controversy?

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Ellen DeGeneres built her career on being nice. Now that’s in jeopardy.

If you’re like me you might be wondering what is the controversy with Ellen DeGeneres. Apparently, it has to do the working environment offstage at The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Many reports of a toxic work culture, discrimination, and sexual harassment is beginning to tarnish the 17-year-old, feel-good talk show’s reputation.

The cracks in this veneer started off thin and narrow. As the show became a daytime TV juggernaut over the past two decades, rumors simultaneously circulated, that DeGeneres was not as nice in person as the show portrayed her to be. But the cracks grew bigger over the past year, and became glaringly obvious during a memorable, uncomfortable interview on her show in November with Dakota Johnson and months later former employees began to speak up.

Here’s how the Today Show reported the Ellen controversy


DeGeneres acknowledged that the show had its faults.

“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,” DeGeneres wrote, apologizing in a letter to her staff about the reports’ allegations. “Obviously, something changed, and I am disappointed to learn that this has not been the case. And for that, I am sorry. Anyone who knows me knows it’s the opposite of what I believe and what I hoped for our show.”

Clip of Ellen guest clap backs while appearing on her show.


Of all the guests featured in this clip, I’m most impressed with how Minhaj politely, respectfully and humorously taught Ellen the correct way to say his name. Great job, Hasan! Also, the next time I go to Starbucks I’ll tell them my name is Ansel Elgort!

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