'Ellen DeGeneres Show' DJ speaks out on claims of toxic workplace

Albertina Lloyd
·Entertainment reporter, Yahoo UK
·3-min read

The house DJ of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Stephen “tWitch” Boss, has broken his silence to support the daytime talk show.

The Warner Bros TV series is currently being investigated following multiple allegations of a “toxic work environment”.

But tWitch, 37, told Us Weekly: "We can’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."

ELLEN'S GAME OF GAMES -- "The Sound of Musical Chairs" Episode 201 -- Pictured: (l-r) Ellen DeGeneres, Stephen Laurel "tWitch" Boss -- (Photo by: Mike Rozman/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images)
Ellen DeGeneres's house DJ and sidekick Stephen 'tWitch' Boss said the show is a place of love. (Getty Images)

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"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."

A number of staff on the daytime talk show recently spoke out anonymously to BuzzFeed about their experiences of intimidation and racism, and in response WarnerMedia has launched an internal investigation.

No specific claims were made against DeGeneres, although some staff claimed they were told not to speak to the TV presenter and comedian if she was in the office.

Outspoken US radio DJ Howard Stern has said his advice to 62-year-old DeGeneres is to change her whole image and just behave like a “pr**k” in public from now on.

FILE - In this April 14, 2018 file photo, Howard Stern speaks at the 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Cleveland. The shock jock’s “Howard Stern Comes Again” will be published May 14, Simon & Schuster announced Tuesday. It’s his first book in more than 20 years, and was No. 1 on Amazon.com within hours of its announcement. Stern’s previous books, “Private Parts” and “Miss America,” both spent months on The New York Times’ bestseller list. (Photo by Michael Zorn/Invision/AP, File)
Howard Stern has advised Ellen DeGeneres to 'be a pr**k'. (AP)

Speaking on his SiriusXM’s Howard Stern Show, he said: “I’d go on the air and be a son of a b***h. People would come on and [I would] go, ‘F*** you.’ Just be a pr**k.

“So you think I’m a pr**k? I’m going to show you exactly…”

Shock jock Stern, a longterm friend of DeGeneres, married his wife Beth on the talk show in 2019.

In 2010, he said: “Ellen DeGeneres is such a jerk. She’s such a foul piece of garbage, people who work with her know. She’s a tyrant ogre, this whole nice girl image is a lot of horses**t fakery.”

The Ellen Degeneres Show has been on the air since 2013 and has won 61 Daytime Emmy Awards and 17 People's Choice Awards. tWitch joined the show in 2014.

Ellen DeGeneres, winner of the Carol Burnett award, poses in the press room at the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Ellen DeGeneres has not been named directly in the allegations made against the show's work environment. (AP)

In 2019, DeGeneres confirmed the programme had been renewed for three more years.

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Recent allegations included employees being fired after taking medical leave or bereavement days, facing microaggressions and a culture of bullying and favouritism by executive producers.

Earlier this month Telepictures denied rumours the show was set to be cancelled.

DeGeneres’s former security guard Tom Majercak recently told Fox News the star was “very cold” and “false”, claiming that when he worked with her she didn’t engage at all beyond a “side glance out of her eye”.