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Ellen DeGeneres apologizes to staff after report of toxic culture at talk show

July 31, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Ellen DeGeneres is apologizing to her staff in the wake of allegations that her talk show fosters a toxic environment.

(CNN)Ellen DeGeneres is apologizing to her staff in the wake of allegations that her talk show fosters a toxic environment.

DeGeneres sent an email to staffers at "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on Thursday, which was first reported by Variety.

In the letter, DeGeneres states she is "disappointed" after reports by BuzzFeed in which current and former staff members alleged they faced intimidation and racism.

"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.

Anyone who knows me knows it's the opposite of what I believe and what I hoped for our show," DeGeneres wrote in part.

DeGeneres goes on to confirm that an internal investigation has been launched by the show's distributor, Warner Bros.

"Alongside Warner Bros, we immediately began an internal investigation and we are taking steps, together, to correct the issues.

A statement from WarnerMedia released on Thursday stated, "Warner Bros.

and Ellen DeGeneres take the recent allegations around the show's workplace culture very seriously," the statement read.

"We hoped to determine the validity and extent of publicly reported allegations and to understand the full breadth of the show's day-to-day culture. "

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