Long running TV talks show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, has been the subject of several complaints of the treatment of legacy crew members during the coronavirus lockdown, as well as alleged racism and intimidation on the show. Now Variety is reporting that WarnerMedia has hired a third party consultant to look into the matter.
According to Variety “Executives from show producer Telepictures and distributor Warner Bros. Television sent a memo to staffers last week saying they have engaged WBTV-owner WarnerMedia’s employee relations group and a third party firm, who will interview current and former staffers about their experiences on set”. There have been no comments from Warner Bros. Television or The Ellen DeGeneres Show, nor has the identity of the third party firm been released. Variety has reported on several instances of complaints over the last few months however. One of the complaints they reported on was from the production crew “who were subject to reduced compensation and poor communication during initial coronavirus shutdowns — even as the series hired nonunion crews to mount a quarantined production from the host’s Los Angeles home.”
DeGeneres herself has also been targeted over the last few months by crew members and a guest on the show, as well as a Twitter feed looking for proof that she is one of the meanest people on the planet, and not the goofy, friendly person she portrays on TV.