The Ellen DeGeneres Show producer Andy Lassner has described the controversy surrounding the show as "a couple of rough months".
The US daytime talk show has come under fire after staff members complained of a toxic work environment two years ago. In July, a number of former and current employees claimed to BuzzFeed News that they had experienced racism, fear and intimidation behind the scenes.
Now, in a video shared with his followers on Instagram, Lassner has insisted he's "back", following reports that three producers would not be returning to the show.
"Oh look who it is. If it isn't Andy Lassner," he begins the clip, speaking directly to the camera. "Well, yes it is. Your eyes do not deceive you. I'm back. I've been away for a little bit, dealing with – you know, some stuff. You may have read about it."
"It's been a couple of rough months," he continued. "But it's when we go through these things, I guess, when we learn the most about ourselves, and maybe even some growth.
"But to tell you it hasn't been rough would be a lie, and I've always been honest with you. It's been rough. But I'm back."
He signed off the video by adding: "I love you guys; I miss you and I'll talk to you soon."
The Ellen DeGeneres Show is currently undergoing an investigation, with staff members being interviewed about the on-set atmosphere.
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