TV host Ellen DeGeneres is in news almost every single day following the allegations of fostered a toxic working environment on the sets of her hit show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Now, celebrity gossip blogger, Perez Hilton has slammed the TV host for the same.
For the unversed, ‘quite a few former and current employees have spoken about a toxic work culture on sets. The allegations made by these employees/ex-employees include racism, intimidation, unjust termination, bullying as well as sexual misconduct.
Speaking on PodcastOne Australia’s The Briefing on Monday, the gossip blogger admitted he was surprised the scandal didn’t erupt years earlier. He said that he had frequently heard negative stories about Ellen from those in the industry.
While on the show, Perez Hilton said, “I’m surprised that this hasn’t happened sooner because those in the industry have heard the stories about Ellen. What I have not heard about prior to 2020 was the work culture at her show. I just thought the issue was Ellen. But as we’ve learned, and it has been confirmed by the show’s producers, that a lot of changes are going to be happening because inappropriate things took place for a decade-plus on the set of her show.’
Last month, Ellen DeGeneres wrote a memo to her employees saying that she was sorry. She also wrote that she and Warner Bros. are’ taking steps, together, to correct the issues.’ Perez, however, has thrashed her for ‘placing the blame on others’ and ‘failing to take accountability’.
Perez Hilton added, “She needs to take accountability, which I don’t know if she’s done very well yet. She did an excellent job of placing the blame on others!”
Perez continued to weigh in on the matter: ‘From multiple reports, she (Ellen DeGeneres) was in the room a lot of times when this one executive producer was screaming at people. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think that screaming at somebody at a place of work is professional and it shouldn’t be tolerated.”
When asked about the allegations that Ellen wasn’t nice to work with, Perez continued: ‘I don’t think that’s the main issue a lot of people have with Ellen. From the things that I’ve read, the dozens of employees were disappointed for her not steering the ship in a much more positive direction.
Despite Perez’s criticism, quite a few A-list celebs have offered their support to Ellen. These celebrities include Kevin Hart, Katy Perry, Ashton Kutcher and Diane Keaton.
An official investigation into the allegations has been launched by WarnerMedia.