After BuzzFeed Information printed a bit together with perception from greater than a dozen present and former staffers in regards to the poisonous work surroundings on set at The Ellen DeGeneres Present in July of 2020, many believed that neither the present nor Ellen herself may recuperate. Whereas a cancellation for the favored daytime discuss sequence appeared like an inevitability for some, the present remains to be slated to return with new episodes in September of 2020.
Ellen issued an apology to her staff in an e mail, which was circulated by Selection, and additional modifications are happening on the helm of the present. Three senior-level producers have been fired, and a few followers are involved that the present will look fairly totally different when it does return to the small display screen. So You Assume You Can Dance alum Stephen “tWitch” Boss has been the DJ for the sequence since 2014, and his function is about to change as properly.
Is tWitch nonetheless on The Ellen DeGeneres Present?
Is tWitch nonetheless on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Present’?
Whereas Ellen has but to publicly verify the modifications which can be happening on set and behind the scenes, she addressed a number of hundred of her staff in a video name on Aug. 17. Two sources with data of the scenario confirmed to Selection that she introduced a number of massive modifications from the manufacturing finish of the present. One shift that’s happening forward of Season 18 is the promotion of tWitch.
Along with persevering with to work as a DJ on each Ellen’s Sport of Video games and The Ellen DeGeneres Present, tWitch will now even be a co-executive producer for the latter sequence.
tWitch notably stood by his boss when the allegations in opposition to the work surroundings started spreading (whereas her former DJ, Tony Okungbowa, referred to as out the “toxicity” on set), and he is been a well-liked determine on the present for years.
He broke his silence in regards to the scandal surrounding the discuss sequence to Us Weekly on Aug. 11.
“We will not converse an excessive amount of legally about it, however I will say this, there’s been love. Clearly there’s some issues to deal with, however from my standpoint and from numerous others, there’s been love. I will simply depart it at that till there’s a time the place we are able to deal with extra publicly,” he advised the outlet. “There’s been love and there’ll proceed to be love.”
Who was fired from ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Present’?
Whereas tWitch’s function inside the present has been elevated, three producers have been fired following the allegations of sexual misconduct, microaggressions, and insensitivity.
Government Producers Kevin Leman and Ed Glavin and Co-Government Producer Jonathan Norman have been let go from The Ellen DeGeneres Present forward of Season 18.
That they had been suspended after the preliminary BuzzFeed Information report got here out, and the terminations come on the heels of an inside investigation.
Per the preliminary report, Kevin Leman had been accused of constructing sexually-charged feedback within the office. A number of staffers alleged that Ed Glavin had used intimidation ways and that he had inappropriately touched them.
It is unclear presently what Jonathan Norman was accused of.
Michael Plonsker, an legal professional for Kevin Leman, launched a press release on his consumer’s behalf, and he denied any wrongdoing.
“The truth that a deeply flawed BuzzFeed article has led to the termination of an harmless man — a well-liked determine and a artistic pressure behind the Ellen present and a string of different initiatives produced with Ellen — is surprising. Kevin is devastated by being scapegoated and isn’t but able to remark,” the assertion learn.
Government Producers Derek Westervelt, Mary Connelly, and Andy Lassner — who’s a staple on-camera — will stay with the present. The three have labored on the sequence because it started in 2003.
The Ellen DeGeneres Present is slated to debut its 18th season on Sept. 18, 2020.