The alleged “culture of fear” and toxic environment at the Ellen show have long been grist for the Hollywood rumor mill. Now WarnerMedia is investigating the production in the wake of a series of revelations in 2020.
Executives from show producer Telepictures and distributor Warner Bros. Television sent a memo to staffers last week saying they have engaged WBTV-owner WarnerMedia’s employee relations group and a third party firm, who will interview current and former staffers about their experiences on set, said sources.
While most of the alleged drama has been behind the scenes involving staff and crew, there have been a few moments where hints of the environment leaked onscreen, most notably the Dakota Johnson interview where Dakota called out producers after Ellen DeGeneres tried to call her out about an alleged birthday party snub:
Earlier this month, Buzzfeed News published numerous anonymous reports from former employees.
Here’s a list of other guests who had uncomfortable moments, including Mariah Carey, who was effectively outed as pregnant on air.
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