Popular talk show host Ellen DeGeneres has addressed the allegations of a toxic workplace at the show, as filming resumes in the United States.
Throughout the year, various allegations of a dysfunctional workplace had emerged, including claims of sexual misconduct and racially insensitive comments.
Three of show’s producers quit the show over the allegations, and an internal investigation took place.
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Ellen had been filming home sessions of the show during the coronavirus period, but has just returned to a studio with a virtual audience.
She began the first show back with a monologue about the allegations, vowing the 18th season will be a ‘new chapter’.
“As you may have heard, this summer there were allegations of a toxic work environment and then there was an investigation.
“I learned that things happened here that never should have happened. I take that very seriously, and I want to say I am so sorry to the people that were affected.
“I know that I’m in a position of privilege and power and I realise that with that comes responsibility, and I take responsibility for what happens at my show.
“We have had a lot of conversations over the last few weeks about the show, our workplace, and what we want for the future.
“We have made the necessary changes and today we are starting a new chapter,” she said.
Watch the full video below.
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— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) September 21, 2020