Reputation. This is the one thing which is hard to build and easily ruined. The others can be trust and wealth. A miniscule mistake can rob an organization or an individual of their hard earned reputation. If you doubt this, just ask Ellen DeGeneres and her show producers.
In light of the recent complaints against unfair workplace culture on the show, Ellen has come forward to save some grace. She has apologised to her staff members for the alleged incidents.
Ellen had to write a sympathetic and sincere apology. Which she did, writing :
“On day one of our show, I told everyone in our first meeting that The Ellen DeGeneres Show would be a place of happiness — no one would ever raise their voice, and everyone would be treated with respect, Something changed, she said, and for that, I am sorry.”
Internal investigations are ongoing, to find whether the complaints are substantial. Warner Bros Studios, have found some “flaws” in the show’s daily management, during the initial investigation.
The investigation and Ellen’s apology note comes after, Buzzfeed first brought these complaints to light. In Buzzfeed’s report, 1 current and 10 former employees of the show, gave detailed accounts of unfair work treatment. Among them were issues such as being fired for taking medical or bereavement leave. While, one worker claimed that she left after comments about her race.
Further, Warner Bros said that the studio and Ellen are taking the allegations “very seriously”. Also, they’ll take the necessary steps to determine the adequacy of the complaints. Already, current and former employees of the show have been interviewed about the issue.
Remembering the tough time, Ellen herself had to face when she came out as gay, she became sympathetic and wrote,she has “deep compassion” for people who are treated unfairly or disregarded.
Concluding her note, Ellen wrote that COVID-19 made it impossible for her to meet the staff personally. Thus, she signed it off, writing “Stay safe and healthy ” and, “Love, Ellen”.