Ellen DeGeneres ‘ready to shut down show’ as she ‘apologises to staff’ over accusations show is ‘toxic’

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Ellen DeGeneres is reportedly considering shutting down her daytime talk show after she apparently made a apology to employees.

The 62 year old host of The Ellen Degrees Show, who was previously branded the meanest person alive, is understood to feel that she “can’t go on with the series” following apparent complaints from staff, accusing the show of being a “toxic” place to work.

A source at Telepictures, which produces the The Ellen DeGeneres Show, has told Mail Online that the host is telling executives at their company and Warner Bros, which distributes the show, that she has had enough and wants to walk away.

The insider said of Ellen, who has been hosting the programme for 17 years: “She feels she can't go on and the only way to recover her personal brand from this is to shut down the show.

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“The truth is she knew what was going on, it's her show. The buck stops with her. She can blame every executive under the sun – but Ellen is ultimately the one to blame.”

Ellen reportedly apologised to staff in an email after an investigation revealed "deficiencies" in "the show's day-to-day management".

In an email to staff, the BBC reports that Ellen said she was “committed to ensuring this does not happen again”.

“We all have to be more mindful about the way our words and actions affect others, and I'm glad the issues at our show were brought to my attention,” she added.

In the note, the Hollywood reporter added that Ellen wrote: “As we've grown exponentially, I've not been able to stay on top of everything and relied on others to do their jobs as they knew I'd want them done. Clearly some didn't.

“That will now change and I'm committed to ensuring this does not happen again.”

Meanwhile, WarnerMedia announced “several staffing changes” would take place after an internal investigation was sparked following accusations of “racism, fear and intimidation”.

It comes after several former employees of the show and one current worker told Buzzfeed News they had experienced “racism, fear and intimidation” on the programme.

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Speaking to BuzzFeed News, the anonymous staffers told of how they were instructed by their direct managers not to speak to comedian and host Ellen if they saw her around the office.

While another former worker claimed she was “fed up” with comments about her race and decided to walk away from her job.

A third staffer told the publication: “That ‘be kind’ bulls**t only happens when the cameras are on. It’s all for show.

“I know they give money to people and help them out, but it’s for show.”

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