Piers Morgan wades into Ellen DeGeneres row with ‘diabolical’ discovery: ‘Rule one of TV’
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Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan, 55, has aired his views on claims about a “toxic” workplace culture at The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The programme, which is hosted by comedian Ellen DeGeneres, 62, has come under fire recently, as accusers complained the show was “dominated by fear” behind-the-scenes.
An internal investigation was launched into the show following a story shared by Buzzfeed News, in which employees made allegations of racism, unfair dismissal, intimidation and an overall toxic environment, perpetuated by the show’s senior producers.
Piers shared an article about the news in view of his 7.6 million Twitter followers and insisted that the “nicer” stars seem on-camera, “the more diabolical they tend to be”.
He tweeted: “Rule one of TV: the ‘nicer’ stars seem on camera, & the more they bang on about ‘being kind’, the more diabolical they tend to be in real life…”
Fans took to the comments section of Piers’ post to share their thoughts on the situation.
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One person wrote: “Sooo true. I’ve worked for one or two and the sugar-coated icing is simply that – just a sickly coating to mask the ranting underbelly! At least with @piersmorgan what you see is what you get – a forthright man who may shout to get to the truth, but a decent chap nonetheless.”
A second Twitter user commented: “I totally agree, I have met some famous people and how different they are on tv to in person amazes me, it’s all for show and to get followers sadly.”
However, others defended Ellen, with one fan replying: “I feel the need to add this. In the case of a show like this one or any other it does not categorically mean the person in charge is responsible for the conduct of those working under them. You can be a fabulous person but still have vile people working around you. It happens.”
Another argued: “The accusers say it’s not Ellen DeGeneres but sure let’s make sweeping statements about kindness.”
Express.co.uk has contacted a representative for Ellen for comment.
Ellen recently apologised in an email to staff and said she was “committed to ensuring this does not happen again”.
The email, which was published in full by The Hollywood Reporter, read: “On day one of our show, I told everyone in our first meeting that The Ellen DeGeneres Show would be a place of happiness – no one would ever raise their voice, and everyone would be treated with respect.
“Obviously, something changed, and I am disappointed to learn that this has not been the case.
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“And for that, I am sorry. Anyone who knows me knows it’s the opposite of what I believe and what I hoped for our show.”
The television personality went on to distance herself from the accusations, saying that “people who work with me and for me are speaking on my behalf and misrepresenting who I am, and that has to stop”.
Ellen went on to address the backlash she dealt with after coming out as gay in the 1990s, adding: “As someone who was judged and nearly lost everything for just being who I am, I truly understand and have deep compassion for those being looked at differently, or treated unfairly, not equal, or – worse – disregarded. To think that any one of you felt that way is awful to me.
“I am so proud of the work we do and the fun and joy we all help put out in the world. I want everyone at home to love our show and I want everyone who makes it to love working on it. Again, I’m so sorry to anyone who didn’t have that experience.”
The show’s production company WarnerMedia also said “several staffing changes” would take place as a result of its investigation.
They said in a statement: “Though not all of the allegations were corroborated, we are disappointed that the primary findings of the investigation indicated some deficiencies related to the show’s day-to-day management.
“We have identified several staffing changes, along with appropriate measures to address the issues that have been raised, and are taking the first steps to implement them.
“Warner Bros. and Ellen DeGeneres are all committed to ensuring a workplace based on respect and inclusion. We are confident this course of action will lead us to the right way forward for the show.”
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