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Ellen DeGeneres’ show hits new series low ratings amid reports of toxic work environment – Fox News

Ratings for “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” hit a new low in July 2020 following the release of bombshell reports about the allegedly toxic work environment that staffers have to deal with.

It was announced last month that WarnerMedia is conducting an internal investigation into the daytime talk show after numerous reports from current and former staff members detailed a rigid and unforgiving work environment as well as allegedly strict guidelines for interacting with the host.

The bulk of the allegations came by way of a Buzzfeed News report that came out around the time that TheWrap reports the show hit a new series low in Nielsen ratings. The show reportedly drew a 1.0 Live + Same Day household rating in the week ending on July 26, 2020. That marks a downturn by 9% from the prior week and a massive 29% from the same week in 2019.

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The previous week saw a 27% drop, which just so happened to be the same week that Buzzfeed News released its report. However, it’s worth noting that ratings for syndicated daytime talk shows are down across the board as many opt to air summer reruns. “Dr. Oz,” “The Real” and “The Doctors” all joined “Ellen” in seeing massive ratings reductions last month, according to the report.

Ellen DeGeneres' show faced a slew of allegations of having a toxic work environment.

Ellen DeGeneres’ show faced a slew of allegations of having a toxic work environment.
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However, Ellen’s numbers are particularly low compared to her competitors like “Dr. Phil,” “Live with Kelly and Ryan” and “Maury,” whose numbers all remained steady. The outlet notes that the last time “Maury” beat DeGeneres in the ratings was in 2016 when she was pulled from consideration due to the broadcast of the Rio Summer Olympics.

Now, DeGeneres’ show is tied with the “Steve Wilkos” show. Wilkos, the former lead security guard on the “Jerry Springer Show,” has never beaten “Ellen” in the ratings before but seems poised to do so at this current trajectory.

The drama on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” began in April as reports circulated claiming the show’s staff was left uninformed as to the status of their pay or employment amid the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Additionally, accounts of “cold” behavior from the 62-year-old comedian herself, including from her former bodyguard, became numerous.

In July, BuzzFeed published its explosive story featuring testimonials from various anonymous current and former employees, who accused the show of, among other things, racism, bullying, wrongful termination and more.

“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,” DeGeneres wrote in a memo to staff about the allegations. “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 it’s the opposite of what I believe and what I hoped for our show.”

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Ellen DeGeneres ratings in July 2020 reached a new series low.
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DeGeneres continued, explaining that as the show has “grown exponentially,” she has had to turn to others to self-manage, which some employees did not do.

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“That will now change and I’m committed to ensuring this does not happen again,” she stated.

Fox News’ Nate Day contributed to this report.

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Ellen DeGeneres is not quitting her show, executive producers say – New York Post

August 1, 2020 | 5:29pm | Updated August 1, 2020 | 5:30pm

Don’t count Ellen out.

Scooter Braun may be the only celebrity in her corner right now, but embattled talk show host Ellen DeGeneres is not going down without a fight. She’s also going back to work this month, according to an internal email from the show’s executive producers obtained by the Post.

Reports of her career death — stemming from recent scathing stories about the “toxic,” “sexist” and “racist” workplace culture at the “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” — have been greatly exaggerated, sources close to the 62-year-old star told the Post Saturday.

Despite her career collapsing around her, DeGeneres has no intention of walking away from her signature talk show or game show. She plans to report to work Aug. 24 for “Ellen’s Game of Games” and to the set of the “Ellen Show” when it premieres Sept. 9, according to the internal email.

“We know that these last few days have been a lot to take in and process for everyone,” read part of the email which was signed, “Love, the EPs.”

An insider at the show said, “She’s fighting to protect the show and what she stands for. She is very upset about what happened and determined to fix the problems. She takes full responsibility. But no way is she quitting the show. That’s total BS.”

But DeGeneres is “devastated” over how Hollywood has turned on her so fast. Celebrities including Brad Garrett and Lea Thompson have called out Ellen for her mean behavior. Some in her circle wonder if it all started with her being seen with former President George W. Bush at a Dallas Cowboys game last October.

Elton John defended her at the time and Ellen herself spoke about the incident on her show, saying her infamous slogan “be kind” means showing compassion to everyone.

But the silence this time from DeGeneres’ vast network of celebrity besties — everyone from Jennifer Aniston to the Kardashians — has been deafening since a string of negative stories about her began earlier this year.

Is there a reason for that?

“Everyone’s scared of the liberal mob,” the source said. “They found something with Ellen they could latch onto and that drove even more of a pile-on. No one wants to be next.”

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‘Ellen’ crew furious over treatment during coronavirus crisis – New York Daily News

New York Daily News

Apr 17, 2020 1:20 PM

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Crew members for “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” are reportedly outraged over how they are being treated amid the coronavirus crisis.(Handout/Getty Images)

Crew members for “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” are outraged at how producers of the long-running daytime program are treating them amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report.

The core stage crew of the popular TV show hasn’t received any official written communication about how the COVID-19 crisis would affect their jobs, Variety reports.

Two sources, who asked to remain anonymous, told the publication that the show’s producers haven’t answered the group’s inquiries on employment status or payment.

One of the sources added that their bosses would occasionally answer phone calls, but without revealing much. The situation became even more aggravating after the group heard that the show hired Key Code Media — an outside, non-union tech firm — to help DeGeneres tape her show from home, as the entertainment industry adapts to follow California’s mandatory stay-at-home order.

Only four core crew members are working on the at-home taping of the show. Last week, nearly all employees were told to brace for a 60% pay cut, even though the show remains on the air. The core stage crew consists of more than 30 people.

Warner Bros. Television, which distributes the show, told Variety that employees have been paid regularly, but at reduced hours. “Our executive producers and Telepictures are committed to taking care of our staff and crew and have made decisions first and foremost with them in mind,” a spokesperson said.

Warner Bros. also acknowledged that it could have done a better job communicating with employees, but partly blamed the chaos caused by the coronavirus crisis.

The last episode taped in the studio took place the week of March 9, and the crew was paid in full for the week of March 16. They weren’t supposed to work the following week, which had already been scheduled as a spring break hiatus. After their break, “the crew was paid the week of March 30 despite having no firm plans for production to resume,” the spokesperson added.

Pay was reduced from 10 to 8 hours per work day for that week. As of April 10, crew members were told to expect a reduced compensation of two days per week, the unnamed sources told Variety.

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Later, employees were reportedly shocked to find out — through social media — about the show’s virtual set in DeGeneres’ home.

Warner Bros. said that no crew member lost their job with the hiring of Key Code, which was hired “to comply with city ordinances and public health protocols.”

The show returned to the air after a three-week-hiatus the week of April 7. DeGeneres was fiercely criticized for a joke she cracked during the first return show in which she compared self-quarantining — with her wife Portia de Rossi in the couple’s Architectural Digest-ready mansion — to being in jail.

The LGBTQ icon and comedian-turned-daytime-queen is one of the highest-paid stars on television. She earns more than $50 million per year from her Telepictures deal, with a reported net worth of $330 million.

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