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In a report in Buzzfeed over the summer, several employees of The Ellen DeGeneres Show alleged that they had faced harassment, intimidation and racism while on set, sparking an internal investigation. News of a toxic backstage culture stood in stark contrast to the environment DeGeneres had promised to create and her reputation as an advocate for inclusivity and decency.
After the Buzzfeed article came out, the comedian and host sent an internal memo to staff rededicating herself to overseeing a workplace in which “everyone would be treated with respect.” Still, most onlookers wondered: How had she been so neglectful of her own mantra to “be kind”?
On Monday, DeGeneres responded boldly by kicking off the show’s 18th season with a public apology that both