There are two things you do not want to be right now, a statue of a Confederate General or Ellen DeGeneres. Long overdue are the attacks on the former, cold images of steel and marble, and representations of a war to preserve slavery. But Ellen?
Her top producers today appear to be facing serious charges and allegations. The Hollywood Reporter stated today that “executive producer Ed Glavin — one of the show’s three EPs, and the one at the center of many of the nastier claims — is among those who will be let go. ‘Once he’s out, it will be like a new day,’ says a source close to the show, one of two who claim DeGeneres was largely kept shielded from Glavin’s day-to-day handling or mishandling of the staff. Others are expected to be out as well.”
Buzzfeed meanwhile is eager to publish anyone, and we mean ANYONE, who has an unkind word to say about Ellen personally. They have put out a plead “We want your help! If you have more information or a tip regarding workplace culture on the Ellen show or in Hollywood, contact …buzzfeed.com, or reach us securely at tips.buzzfeed.com.” Their featured article “People Think Ellen DeGeneres Needs To Be Held Accountable For The Allegedly Toxic Culture At Her Show” features a dozen non-viral twitter posts with single digit “likes” blaming Ellen personally for all the infractions.
Speaking of “people,” People magazine piled on with tweets from celebrities Leah Thompson and Brad Garrett, both of whom seem to point accusing fingers at Ellen personally. “Know more than one who were treated horribly by her. Common knowledge.” Garrett asserted. “True story. It is.” Thompson agreed.
According to the New York Post and The Daily Mail, Ellen is ready to quit. The Post reports “Anonymous insiders at Telepictures said the longtime host of her eponymous talk show is ready to hang up her microphone in the wake of recent allegations about “toxic” workplace conditions. A source at Telepictures told 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,” an insider told the outlet on Friday. ‘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.”