Ellen DeGeneres gets emotional in second apology to show staff


DeGeneres went on to say, “I’m hearing that some people felt that I wasn’t kind or too short with them, or too impatient. I apologize to anybody if I’ve hurt your feelings in any way.”

The TV star said they’re “putting in real structures and resources for people so this never happens again and that is extremely important to Ellen. She was emotional seeing everybody. They’re family.”

The source described DeGeneres as “emotional,” “emphatic about making it better” and about “making herself more available.”

DeGeneres did not take questions from staffers, but promised the show would “come back strong” in its 18th season debut, which has been pushed back a few days to Sept. 14. “This will be the best season we’ve ever had,” she said.

The call was to also discuss the findings of the investigation into the show after current and former employees made claims of a culture of racism, intimidation and sexual harassment. As a result, three senior producers — executive producers Ed Glavin and Kevin Leman, and co-executive producer Jonathan Norman —were let go. Three others — Mary Connelly, Andy Lassner and Derek Westervelt — will staying as EPs along with DeGeneres.

alleging racism and intimidation on the show, followed by a second report claiming a culture of “rampant sexual misconduct.” In late July, DeGeneres broke her silence in a staff letter, which was leaked to the press, which saw her take “responsibility” for the toxic culture, saying, “my name is on the show.”

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