USA TODAY’s Gary Levin explains why he thinks Ellen DeGeneres will return to her daytime talk show despite allegations of mistreatment from staffers.
Stephen “tWitch” Boss, DJ for “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” recalled feeling a “genuine love from front to back” on set while noting there are “some things to address” in a series of interviews when asked about several employees who came forward last month with allegations of mistreatment at her daytime talk show.
Boss, who has been with the show since 2014, told US Weekly on Tuesday that he couldn’t “speak too much legally about it, but I’ll say this: There’s been love.”
“Obviously there’s some things to address, but from my standpoint and from countless others, there’s been love. I’ll just leave it at that until there’s a time where we can address more publicly. There’s been love and there’ll will continue to be love.”
In a separate interview with E! News, Boss added he feels “blessed… on a daily basis” to have studio audiences “being so happy to be there and ready to dance and ready to laugh and have a good time.”
“You know, there hasn’t been too many gigs where you feel it every day and build a genuine love from front to back,” he said.
The host of the popular, long-running “Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which has aired in syndication since 2003, apologized July 30 in a letter to staffers after an internal review of worker complaints conducted by parent company WarnerMedia. DeGeneres and the studio are “committed to ensuring a workplace based on respect and inclusion,” the statement provided by Warner Bros. to USA TODAY read.
After DeGeneres’ apology last month, “Everybody Loves Raymond” star Brad Garrett said it was “common knowledge” people were mistreated on the set. But the actor faulted DeGeneres as much as the producers who were the targets of the allegations.
Despite DeGeneres’ insistence of “ensuring this does not happen again,” Garrett, who has appeared on her show numerous times, called on the TV personality to bear more responsibility for her producers’ actions.
“Sorry but it comes from the top,” he tweeted, tagging her. “Know more than one who were treated horribly by her. Common knowledge.”
Warner Bros. issued a statement to USA TODAY on July 30 about the investigation, in which dozens of current and former employees were interviewed.
“’The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ is, and has always strived to be, a place that brings positivity to the world. And though not all of the allegations were corroborated, we are disappointed that the primary findings of the investigation indicated some deficiencies related to the show’s day-to-day management. We have identified several staffing changes, along with appropriate measures to address the issues that have been raised, and are taking the first steps to implement them,” the statement said.
Other major stars who have made guest appearances on “Ellen” have come to DeGeneres’ defense as of late.
On Twitter last week, Jay Leno shared a photo of himself on her show.
“I don’t discard a 40-year friendship on hearsay. The Ellen I know has raised over $125 million dollars for charity and has always been a kind and decent person,” he wrote. “I fully support her.”
Diane Keaton also shared to Instagram a photo of her and the talk show host.
“I ALWAYS ENJOYED MY VISITS TO THE ELLEN SHOW. I’VE SEEN HOW THE AUDIENCE EXUDES HAPPINESS AND GRATITUDE. SHE GIVES BACK TO SO MANY INCLUDING ME,” she captioned the image.
Alec Baldwin tweeted Aug. 4 that DeGeneres “has always been kind to me,” while acknowledging that “In the entertainment business, sometimes people can go too far in pursuit of a creative or commercial goal. Or people who work for you may do so.”
Ashton Kutcher also came to her defense on Twitter.
“I haven’t spoken with @TheEllenShow and can only speak from my own experience. She & her team have only treated me & my team w/ respect & kindness,” he wrote Tuesday. “She never pandered to celebrity which I always saw as a refreshing honesty. When things aren’t right she handles it and fixes.”
On Aug. 3 DeGeneres’ wife, Portia de Rossi, expressed her support for the comedian, posting the words “I Stand By Ellen” on Instagram.
“To all our fans….we see you,” the “Arrested Development” star wrote in the caption. “Thank you for your support. #stopbotattacks”
Others who have come to DeGeneres’ defense include her brother Vance, Katy Perry, Kevin Hart, Jerry O’Connell, Scooter Braun and Lea Thompson.
Contributing: Sara Moniuszko, Cydney Henderson, Bill Keveney, Charles Trepany, Bryan Alexander, Jenna Ryu; USA TODAY
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