LOS ANGELES (NEXSTAR) – Ellen DeGeneres says she’ll be ready to talk about toxic workplace allegations when her daytime show returns for its 18th season on Monday.
Last month, three of the show’s producers came out amid allegations of a dysfunctional work environment that harbored inappropriate behavior, including sexual misconduct and racist-insensitive remarks.
“I can’t wait to get back to work and get back to our studio. And, yes, we’ll talk about it, ”DeGeneres said in a statement announcing the show’s premiere.
An internal company investigation into working conditions was triggered by a BuzzFeed News report in July based on 36 interviews with former staff, who complained or said they witnessed a inappropriate and unfair treatment. The people making the complaints have not been identified.
When DeGeneres briefed staff on the changes over a video conference, she reportedly described the allegations about the show’s environment as “heartbreaking.”
The actress and host sent a note to her staff after the BuzzFeed report, recalling her original promise to ensure a workplace where “everyone is treated with respect.” Something has changed, she said, “and for that I’m sorry.”
Tiffany Haddish will join DeGeneres for the launch episode, with “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” being recorded at Warner Bros. without a studio audience due to the pandemic.
The first month’s prominent guest list reads as a rebuttal to questions about how DeGeneres and his show are viewed in the industry amid the controversy that has damaged the host’s amiable image. Kerry Washington, Alec Baldwin and Chrissy Teigen are all set for week one, with Chris Rock, Amy Schumer, Adam Sandler and Orlando Bloom appearing later in September, according to the show.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.