2020-08-01 10:08:37 UTC
Ellen DeGeneres may be ready to call it quits on her daytime talk amid
claims she perpetuated a toxic work environment, DailyMail.com can reveal.
An insider at Telepictures tells DailyMail.com that the host is telling
executives at Telepictures and Warner Bros that she has had enough and
wants to walk away from the show.
'She feels she can't go on and the only way to recover her personal brand
from this is to shut down the show,' they said.
'The truth is she knew what was going on, it's her show. The buck stops
with her. She can blame every executive under the sun – but Ellen is
ultimately the one to blame.'
It comes as staff at the Ellen DeGeneres Show are hitting back at her for
shifting the blame to her executive producers in an apology memo sent this
'Don't think for a minute anything she has said in that apology means
anything. She created and then enabled this toxic culture to go on for so
long,' one staffer, who spoke to DailyMail.com on condition of anonymity,
said. 'If anyone had come to her or those three vile [executive producers]
to complain, they would've been fired.'
'Inside Telepictures we've had enough of her. She is a phony who does not
practice what she preaches,' our Telepictures source said.
'The behavior of her show executives has been appalling, but [Ellen] is no
better. In fact, she is the worst. It's outrageous that she is trying to
pretend that this is all a shock to her. The fish rots from the head, and
Ellen is the head.'
Our Telepictures insider claims that Ellen 'hates coming to work' and
'struggles to be nice to people and has utter contempt for her audience.'
'She has been phoning it in for so long, and only staying for the money and
celebrity it affords her,' they said. 'We've dealt with her BS for so many
years, she's not innocent at all, she's not nice and the show is not filled
'At this point, there's really no way to save the show from this PR
nightmare, so Ellen leaving may be the only way for this entire mess to go
'While it is our most profitable show in daytime, we no longer make the
money we used to make from the show, as we have to pay her tens of millions
of dollars per year to show up.'
The insider says Telepictures will need to develop a new show and star
quickly to take over the lucrative timeslot that Ellen currently holds.
'We thought our problems were with the cast upheaval at The Real, we had no
idea that Ellen would implode during quarantine,' they added.
Multiple staff members at the show tell DailyMail.com they are not buying
Ellen's apology and are calling on her to call it quits.
One staffer said, 'She's only addressing this now because the publicity is
so bad for her and her BS brand of happiness and kindness. Ellen can throw
everyone else under the bus, but the buck stops with her.
'Whenever she'd tell viewers to choose kindness, I'd throw up a little in
my mouth because she always chose the opposite,' they added.
In addition to these claims, the show was rocked again on Thursday when
three dozen employees of the daytime talk show alleged that senior
executives who work behind the scenes groped and kissed staffers, solicited
one of them for oral sex, and were 'handsy with women.'
Current employees are now calling on Ellen to call it quits.
'Warner Bros should cancel our show or swap her out for a fun celebrity
host. Viewers have been fed lies for years. The Ellen you see on TV is
disingenuous and inauthentic. She's a horrible person who has done nothing
to support 99% of the people who work for her.
'Yet they won't cancel it as all they care about is money and the show is a
'It's time for Ellen to leave TV. She's done enough damage. They should
replace her with someone wonderful like Jen Aniston. She's always a dream
when she comes by - gracious, kind and funny and we're actually allowed to
look her in the eyes!!'