The investigation could have "deadly consequences for Ellen" and her brand, Eric Schiffer, chairman of Reputation Management Consultants, told Fox News on Wednesday. "To think that any one of you felt that way is terrible to me", she concluded her letter, adding that she's grateful people felt "safe" enough to come forward with their experiences.
Thursday's statement from WarnerMedia said the company interviewed dozens of current and former employees about the environment at the hit daytime talk show.
In her apology, Ellen said, "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".
According to New York Post, the show's distributors, Warner Media, launched a probe into behind the scene situation at the studio after overwhelming complaints.
In her letter to staff, DeGeneres did accept overall responsibility for the show's reportedly hostile work environment, yet also seemed to portray herself as largely unaware of such problems and not directly participating in any abusive behavior.
BuzzFeed noted that it spoke to a total of 47 former employees for its piece. A female staffer also claims she saw Leman "grope a production assistant in a auto and kiss his neck" in May 2017.
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DeGeneres also asserts that some people have been speaking on her behalf and misrepresenting her - we aren't sure exactly what she's referring to here, but it's possible this is again referring to the actions of people who work on the show.
"When Ellen DeGeneres pertained to Australia to do her program in 2013, I was the executive manufacturer of the Today program, so we partnered with them. She'll come in, she'll sit down, she'll talk to Richard, then Ellen will leave'". "We have identified several staffing changes, along with appropriate measures to address the issues that have been raised, and are taking the first steps to implement them". "But I can tell you, the people who worked with her walked on eggshells the whole time and the whole thing was totally freaky".
Among the accusations were that head writer and executive producer Kevin Leman made a number of inappropriate sexual comments about junior employees in the workplace.
Five former Ellen staff claim he had touched them inappropriately, BuzzFeed said, in at least one case while in front of "nearly 30 other people".
Right after the complaints, Warner Bros., said that they were taking the allegations about the show's "workplace culture very seriously". "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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