ELLEN DeGENERES was desperate to contain the damage. On July 30, two weeks after BuzzFeed News published an explosive story in which current and former employees accused her of presiding over a “toxic work environment” at her daytime talk show, a contrite Ellen sent a lengthy, emotional letter to her staff. Saying she was “disappointed to learn” her show was not “a place of happiness” where everyone was “treated with respect,” Ellen — who closes out each episode with the motto “Be kind to one another” — promised to “learn and grow” and start practicing what she preaches.
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August 24, 2020