Former ‘Ellen DeGeneres Show’ DJ Tony Okungbowa Says He Experienced ‘Toxicity’ on Set
Tony Okungbowa, who deejayed more than 1,600 episodes of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, spoke out for the first time since Ellen DeGeneres and her executive producers came under fire for allegedly creating a toxic work environment.
“Hey Guys, I hope you are all keeping safe out there during these trying times,” Okungbowa, 52, wrote via Instagram on Tuesday, August 4. “I have been getting calls asking me about the Ellen Degeneres Show and I would like to address the time I spent there.”
The Bob Hearts Abishola star continued, “While I am grateful for the opportunity it afforded me, I did experience and feel the toxicity of the environment and I stand with my former colleagues in their quest to create a healthier and more inclusive workplace as the show moves forward.”
Okungbowa appeared on the daytime talk show from 2003 to 2006 and again from 2007 to 2013 before pursuing a career in acting. Stephen “tWitch” Boss has been DeGeneres’ DJ since 2014.
DeGeneres, 62, faced major backlash in July after BuzzFeed News published a report detailing allegations of racism, fear and intimidation behind-the-scenes of her Emmy-winning series. The website later reported that the show’s top producers engaged in sexual misconduct with staffers, which the producers denied.
In the wake of the accusations, Warner Bros. launched an investigation into The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The comedian spoke out for the first time on Thursday, July 30, writing in a letter to employees, “On day one of our show, I told everyone in our ...
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