'Ellen' producer says 'nobody is going off the air' amid allegations of toxic work environment
An executive producer for "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" is denying rumors that the long-running daytime talk show may end following accusations of a toxic work environment.
Andy Lassner, a longtime producer for "Ellen" and many of DeGeneres' other TV projects, tweeted Thursday that "nobody is going off the air," in response to a user wondering if the show would end over the controversy.
USA TODAY has reached out to a representative for the show for comment.
Lassner also joked that day about feeling hopeful that 2020 would "turn around and start getting better," only for the year to decide instead to "make (my) bed the epicenter."
Earlier that day, DeGeneres apologized in a letter to staffers as an internal review of worker complaints conducted by parent company WarnerMedia came to a close. The Hollywood Reporter first reported on DeGeneres' letter Thursday.
The review, which followed a July 16 BuzzFeed report in which mostly former employees anonymously alleged racism, intimidation and a toxic work culture, found "deficiencies" that will result in staffing changes, Warner Bros. said.
DeGeneres addressed the complaints in her letter, which was obtained by USA TODAY.
"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," she wrote. "Obviously, something changed, and I am disappointed to learn that this has not been the case. And for that, I am sorry. Anyone who knows me knows ...
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