The Ellen DeGeneres Show staff complained of a toxic work environment two years ago, with a complaint being filed with an industry union in 2018, according to new details.
A number of current and former employees working on the chat show claimed to BuzzFeed News in a July report that they had experienced racism, fear and intimidation behind the scenes.
The allegations included some staff saying that they were fired for taking medical leave or bereavement days to attend family funerals, with one employee saying that they returned to work after taking medical leave following a suicide attempt to be told that their role had been eliminated.
But this new report claims that executives knew about some allegations long before this summer's news emerged, with BuzzFeed News writing that "one current and one former employee said a complaint was filed with an industry union in 2018 that alleged gender discrimination, including sexist remarks made by top producers".
A Warner Bros spokesperson confirmed that the 2018 complaint existed but said that "there is nothing new or noteworthy about this issue".
"It was investigated by an outside investigator and resolved with no merit to claims of gender discrimination," they said. "As previously stated, we are committed to changing the things that need to change and moving forward in a constructive and positive way."
Digital Spy has contacted Warner Bros for further comment.
The show is currently undergoing an investigation as a result of the latest complaints, with interviews being held with staff about the programme's on-set atmosphere.
Three of the show's executive producers Ed Glavin, Mary Connelly and Andy Lassner have previously stated that the show has always "strived to create an open, safe, and inclusive work environment", adding that "we need to do better, are committed to do better, and we will do better".
Glavin, Kevin Leman and co-executive producer Jonathan Norman have all been fired during the course of the investigation, with DeGeneres herself taking part in a video conference with the show's crew last week to confirm the news.
Leman and Norman had both previously denied claims of sexual harassment, with Leman saying: "I'm horrified that some of my attempts at humour may have caused offense. I have always aimed to treat everyone on the staff with kindness, inclusivity and respect."
Norman's statement said: "I have never had a single complaint against me in my career. I have never 'groomed' anyone."
Glavin has not responded to requests for comment.
The internal investigation is still ongoing.
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