The ‘Ellen’ Show Has Fired Three Senior Producers
It looks like folks at The Ellen Degeneres Show are in the process of cleaning up their image. Per Variety, the show “has overhauled its senior production team in the wake of accusations of racial insensitivity, sexual misconduct, and other problems in the work environment at the long-running daytime talk show.”
The three producers who are no longer with the show are executive producers Ed Glavin and Kevin Leman and co-executive producer Jonathan Norman. Mary Connelly, Andy Lassner, and Derek Westervelt will remain with the show.
The news was delivered to employees today (August 17) during a videoconference staff meeting.
As Variety states, “DeGeneres was emotional and apologetic as she addressed more than 200 staffers. According to multiple sources, DeGeneres told the staff she was ‘not perfect’ and realized that in the effort for the show to run as a ‘well-oiled machine,’ sometimes leaders were not as sensitive to ‘human beings’ as they should have been.”
They add, “DeGeneres even went so far as to note that the show has at times alienated staffers and even guests by shifting shooting timetables on short notice. She vowed to stick to agreed-upon timetables to make the production process smoother for all.”
Glavin, Leman, and Norman were all named in the recent Buzzfeed story about allegations of misconduct, harassment, and questionable behavior on the set of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Variety is also reporting that DJ tWitch has been promoted to a co-executive producer.
As we reported, last week, tWitch spoke out in support of Ellen DeGeneres. He said, “We can’t speak too much legally about it, but I’ll say this, there’s been love. Obviously there’s some things to address, but from my standpoint and from countless others, there’s been love. I’ll just leave it at that until there’s a time where we can address more publicly. There’s been love and there’ll will continue to be love.”