Published Aug 18, 2020Now that WarnerMedia has committed to investigating allegations of the "toxic" work culture at The Ellen DeGeneres Show, three top executive producers have been fired amid accusations of sexual harassment and intimidation.
A WarnerMedia representative has confirmed to media that executive producers Ed Glavin and Kevin Leman, as well as co-executive producer Jonathan Norman, have all been ousted. Additional internal investigations are still ongoing.
According to an employee at the show, DeGeneres hosted a meeting for staff yesterday (August 17) in which other execs promised to eliminate the "culture of fear" among staffers.
Previously, Leman had vehemently denied allegations of "sexual impropriety" lodged against him. Norman also denied all allegations, while Glavin remained silent on the issue.
Warner Bros. vice-president of programming, David McGuire, told BuzzFeed that the internal investigation is nearing its end, but that the company's "willingness to confidentially hear your thoughts is ongoing."
Last month, DeGeneres herself committed to changing the workplace environment to "correct the issues."
The toxic workplace discussion started when BuzzFeed spoke to one current employee and 10 former employees of the show. Some employees claim they were fired after taking medical leave or bereavement days to attend funerals, while others alleged that executives engaged in racist behaviour behind closed doors.
"That 'be kind' bullshit only happens when the cameras are on. It's all for show," one former employee said. "I know they give money to people and help them out, but it's for show."