Ellen DeGeneres has said that she will address the toxic workplace allegations that have been levelled at her US talk-show The Ellen DeGeneres Show when it returns to air later this month.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show is due to begin its 18th season on September 21 and will see DeGeneres return to the studio for the first time since production was shut down in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, although there will be no studio audience for now.
The daytime talk-show was hit by a series of allegations over the summer by former and current staff members who claimed in a BuzzFeed News article that there was a "toxic" environment in the workplace.
Some employees alleged that they lost their jobs for taking medical leave or bereavement days to attend family funerals, with some claiming that there is a divide between staff who "drink the Kool-Aid" and those who recognise a toxic environment.
One Black woman who worked on the show said that she had experienced racist comments, actions and microaggressions while working there, alleging that she had been reprimanded for making the suggestion that employees receive diversity and inclusion training.
DeGeneres has now promised to address the issue on air when the show returns, saying in a statement (via Deadline): "I can't wait to get back to work and back to our studio. And, yes, we're gonna talk about it".
It will mark the first time that the host has spoken publicly about the allegations, although she has already sent a letter to her crew in which she says that steps will be taken to "correct the issues" and that she is "committed to ensuring this does not happen again".
Guests expected to appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show this month include actress and comedian Tiffany Haddish, actress Kerry Washington, actor Orlando Bloom, comedian and actor Chris Rock and actor Alec Baldwin.
The show's house DJ Stephen 'tWitch' Boss is also set to serve as a guest host in the upcoming season.
The Ellen DeGeneres show will return on September 21.
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