In April, "Ellen" producers told the union crew to expect a 60% cut in pay while a nonunion, outside tech company, Key Code, was hired to assist with production as DeGeneres tapes shows on a set constructed at her home, Variety reported.
Variety reports that a memo was sent to staff members to inform them that a third-party employee relations company will interview both current and former staff members about their experiences on set.
The investigation comes on the heels of a July 16 story by Buzzfeed in which one current employee and 10 former staffers claimed they endured a culture of racism, fear and intimidation.
The employees detail incidents in which they say they were sidelined, disciplined or fired for speaking up about discrimination, taking a mental health leave, attending family funerals or setting up a GoFundMe page to cover medical costs not covered by their workplace health insurance.
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One former employee said: "If she wants to have her own show and have her name on the show title, she needs to be more involved to see what's going on".
WarnerMedia bosses have ordered the inquiry to check on claims made by nearly a dozen The Ellen DeGeneres Show employees. "I know they give money to people and help them out, but it's for show". Warner Bros. Television has not officially commented, nor has anyone from the show.
While this also came amid many rumors that Ellen " s personality is rather mean, they all stressed that she was not the problem causing their "toxic work experience'. One employee, who claims she was fed up with comments about her race, essentially walked off the job.
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In a joint statement to BuzzFeed News, Glavin, Connelly and Lassner said: "For the record, the day to day responsibility of the Ellen show is completely on us".
The source told NBC News that Ellen DeGeneres is not part of the investigation, adding that "it is not about her at all". We take all this very seriously and realize, as many in the world are realizing that we need to do better, so we are committed to doing better, and we will do better'.
"The biggest common thread that everyone told me is that what goes on behind the scenes is a far cry from what the show represents in their "be kind" messaging and what the show and what Ellen DeGeneres herself profits off of", Buzzfeed entertainment editor Krystie Yandoli told TODAY.
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