WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- The Ellen DeGeneres Show’s toxic environment and culture of sexual harassment, racism, and intimidation is a subject of an ongoing investigation.
- The show’s house DJ, Stephen Boss a.k.a. DJ tWitch said that he has only positive experiences with the show.
- DJ Tony Okungbowa, the show’s former DJ, said last week that he did “experience and feel the toxicity of the environment.”
Current and former employees exposed The Ellen DeGeneres Show’s alleged toxic environment and culture of racism, sexual harassment, and intimidation, reasons why the show is under investigation. According to them, this treatment came from the show’s executive producers.
DeGeneres’ image and parting words are always, “Be Kind to One Another” also came under scrutiny.
But you would not hear any badmouthing from Stephen Boss a.k.a DJ tWitch as the investigation continues at the show.
As Boss told Us Weekly, “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 continue to be love.”
Boss has experienced more positive things with the show since he started in 2014 and feels “blessed… on a daily basis.”. He also appears in Ellen’s Game of Games.
“You know, there hasn’t been too many gigs where you feel it every day and build a genuine love from front to back. And the audience, being so happy to be there and ready to dance and ready to laugh and have a good time,” adds Boss.
His predecessor on the show, DJ Tony Okungbowa, may have experienced and felt “the toxicity of the environment, but stands with former colleagues in their quest to create a healthier and more inclusive workplace.” He remains “grateful for the opportunity” to have been with the show for almost a decade, on and off.
It is not just employees who experienced the toxicity but also guests as Everybody Loves Raymond’s Brad Garrett, said that he knows “more than one” person who was “treated horribly” by Ellen. He further says that it is “Common knowledge” to which Lea Thompson of Back to the Future added, “True story.”
On the other hand, there are stars like Diane Keaton, Katy Perry, Kevin Hart, Jay Leno and wife Portia de Rossi who backed the embattled host.
In his show, Howard Stern said in his typical fashion that when Ellen returns for its Season 18 on September 9, “Ellen “be a son of a b****. People would come on and [I would] go, ‘F*** you.’ Just be a pr**k.”
In her memo to her staff in the middle of the allegations and investigation, Ellen DeGeneres took responsibility as her name is on the show.