Ellen DeGeneres Show Praised by Mental Health Coach Joseph Bonner for acknowledging ‘low morale’
Ellen DeGeneres has been under fire consecutively for several months following allegations from a former body guard that the famed talk show host was less than polite when he was assigned to her during a past Oscars ceremony.
Since then, past and present employees have echoed words of ex-bodyguard Majercak, stating in a BuzzFeed article that some were subjected to racial insensitivity among a toxic environment perpetuated by senior staff members, according to BuzzFeed.
“Producers surround her and tell her, Things are going great, everybody’s happy, and she just believes that, but it’s her responsibility to go beyond that,” one former employee shared the BuzzFeed.
Executive producers of the Ellen DeGeneres Show, reportedly held a staff meeting to address the issue head on. Ed Galvain, Mary Connelly and Andy Lassner released a joint statement to Entertainment Weekly.
"Over the course of nearly two decades, 3,000 episodes and employing over 1000 staff members, we have striven to create an open, safe and inclusive work environment," the statement says. "We are truly heartbroken and sorry to learn that even one person in our production family has had a negative experience. It’s not who we are and not who we strive to be, and not the mission Ellen has set for us. For the record, the day-to-day responsibility of the Ellen show is completely on us. We take all of this very seriously and we realize, as many in the world are learning, that we need to do better, are committed to do better, and we will do better."
Regarding the statement, Joseph Bonner, host of the mental health variety podcast on iHeartRadio made this statement.
“It’s important for a company to acknowledge any role they had or presently have in a toxic work environment. Most people who quit leave because of management and not the job. Executives acknowledging their role in creating and allowing such a toxic work environment to grow, is a step in the right direction. Now they will need to follow through by hosting mental health sessions with their employees to better facilitate a more positive work environment,” Joseph tells Hollywood Magazine.