Ellen DeGeneres insists she IS a 'kind' person but admits she also gets 'mad' and 'sad' after 'mean' behavior claims
ELLEN DeGeneres insisted she is a "kind" person but admitted she also gets "mad" and "sad" after "mean" behavior claims.
The daytime show host was involved in a serious scandal over the summer as former and current employees claimed she promoted a toxic work environment.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show is back for its 18th season on the air as Ellen, 62, stood before a virtual audience in her show's studio.
She gave the first monologue of the season and addressed how the show was under investigation after a series of allegations were made by former and current employees.
"If you're watching because you love me, thank you," the comedian began as her virtual audience clapped.
She continued: "If you're watching because you don't love me, welcome. As you may have heard, this summer there were allegations of a toxic work environment at our show and then there was an investigation.
"I learned that things happened here that never should have happened. I take very seriously and I want to say I am so sorry to the people who were affected.
"I know that I'm in a position of privilege and power and I realize that with that comes responsibility. And I take responsibility for what happens at my show."
The comedian, who tried to keep her monologue lighthearted with some sneaky jokes, said that "we've had a lot of conversations about our show, our workplace, and what we want for the future."
She also claimed that they had made the "necessary changes" and that they are now "starting a new chapter."
Ellen further addressed that the backlash gave way to claims that she is not "who I appear to be because I became known as the be-kind lady."
She explained: "Being known as the be-kind lady is a tricky position to be in […] The truth is I am that person that you see on TV, I am also a lot of other things. Sometimes I get sad. I get mad. I get anxious. I get frustrated. I get impatient. And I am working on all of that.
"I am a work in progress and I am especially working on that impatience thing."
She continued to tell her audience that her "intention is to always be the best person I can be. And if I've ever let someone down or I've ever hurt their feelings, I am so sorry for that.
"If that's ever the case, I've let myself down and I've hurt myself as well, because I always try to grow as a person."
She further talked about how she is now the boss of 270 people whom she wants to make happy and "proud to work" at her show.
The entertainer's return to TV came after she found herself under heavy scrutiny after numerous former employees accused her show of tolerating everything from bullying to racism to sexual harassment.
Warner Bros. is currently investigating the allegations.
Amid the drama, Ellen's executive producers Ed Glavin and Kevin Leman and co-executive producer Jonathan Norman were fired, which was then followed by a "teary-eyed" apology.
A source exclusively told The Sun that the star had been "waiting to speak to her team this whole time" but was "not allowed because of the investigation."
Stephen Boss AKA DJ tWitch, who usually accompanied Ellen on stage for most of the show, has now been promoted to co-executive producer, replacing Jonathan Norman.
Despite ongoing accusations of a "toxic" work environment on the set of her popular talk show, Ellen still reeled in $84 million as of June 4 2020, according to Forbes.
While Ellen has been dealing with chaos at work, a former staffer at one of her Los Angeles homes told Daily Mail that it is not any better when she clocks out.
The staffer said: "My belief is that someone's real personality comes out at home.
"So after everything that has been said about her at work, you can imagine how terrible Ellen is going to be at home when her guard is down."
She claimed: "Sometimes she would yell at us but it was more about the incredibly condescending tone she would use. She treated you like you were nothing.
"She was going to torture you and you were just going to sit there and listen to it because you were being paid.
"Ellen was the worst person that I've ever met in my life. She takes pleasure in firing people."
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