Ellen DeGeneres' Former Employees Respond To the Host's Apology Monologue | 22 Words

For the first time ever, Ellen DeGeneres directly addressed the toxic workplace allegations during the opening monologue of her show yesterday. But, her former employees are far from happy, for one very big reason...

Ahead of last night's premiere of the eighteenth season of The Ellen DeGeneres Show...

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Ellen spoke out on camera during the opening monologue of the episode, addressing the toxic workplace allegations.

And, after viewers watched the 4-minute clip...

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Reactions came in strong, to say the least. Don't worry, we've got the clip coming right up...

But now...

Her former employees have spoken out after hearing what she had to say, and they didn't hold back.

The Ellen scandal has dominated news cycles of late.

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The infamous host of The Ellen Show has been batting off accusation after accusation.

When your entire personality is built on being nice...

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One small allegation can have things falling apart very quickly.

Which is exactly what seems to have happened.

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What started as a trickle of bad press, has become a flood.

And, this year, things have reached a breaking point.

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Now, more than ever before, people are starting to turn against the star as detrimental stories continue to resurface.

Her past employees certainly haven't held back.

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With BTS secrets of diva behavior, poor treatment of staff, and even more serious allegations have come to the surface.

It seems everyone knew about the real Ellen.

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Apart from her fans, that is.

Well, until now.

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Ellen's ratings are dropping as the world decides they can no longer back the star.

So how did it stay hidden for so long?

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Well, many fans are looking back over the series and asking the very same questions.

Because, as it turns out...

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Ellen has always been problematic!

As these clips prove.

And be warned - they make for some pretty uncomfortable viewing.

Let's start with her treatment of Sophia Vergara...

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Which has been pretty horrific over the years.

Vergara is known for her strong accent.

Which Ellen has found oddly hilarious over the years.

Ellen repeatedly mocked Vergara.

Offering to teach her new words and claiming her English had gotten "better."

She even did some extremely uncomfortable imitations of the star.

Not a good look, Ellen.

Here's a video of all of the clips.


The next unfortunate Ellen moment concerns a gift.

Something a fan sent to her.

It was a drawing of Ellen.

Alongside her wife Portia de Rossi.

But instead of being grateful for the gesture?

Ellen brutally mocks it, instead.

In fact, Ellen has an entire segment on the topic.

"Ellen Reviews Fans' Really Bad Gifts."

Mocking fans' kind gestures?

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Not cool, Ellen.

Another incredibly rude Ellen moment?

An uncomfortable vid has surfaced of her being incredibly unprofessional to a translator.

If this is any indication of how she treats her fans ...

This really is not good.

Ellen has no shame in embarrasing her fans.

And she's done it time and time again.

Like this instance.

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When she pulled up old embarrassing Facebook pictures of a guest in front of a huge live audience.

Another problematic Ellen incident involves Mariah Carey.

She was interviewed on the show in the midst of some big pregnancy rumors.

Well, Ellen wanted to put an end to the rumors.

And she did it in the worst way possible...

Ellen has also been in hot water for her treatment of Cardi B.

It seems she just can't resist mocking her guests.

Like this comment on Cardi's fashion week outfit.

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As the old adage goes, if you haven't got anything nice to say ...

Or how about her roast of Jessica Simpson?

It seems Ellen just has no sense of good manners at all.

Erm, WTF?

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Who would say something like this?

Ellen has also asked awkward questions to Celine Dion.

And these came with a side of hypocrisy, too.

Berating Celine about her son's hair.

While, all the while, Ellen herself has a conventionally male haircut. What?

Viola Davis also suffered at Ellen's hands.

With the entire awkward encounter.

It seems Ellen will hit the lowest blow in order to get a laugh.

Even when it's not that funny...

Ellen delights in putting celebs on the spot.

Including Lady Gaga.

Who she accused of ghosting her.

While Gaga looks visibly uncomfortable...

Another horrific Ellen question?

That went to Drew Barrymore, who has been open about her lifelong struggles with addiction.

So Ellen came right out with this.

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Just a terrible, terrible joke to make.

Another fan shared this.

Ellen truly does come across as deeply unappreciative of her fans.

And who could forget this?

The interview that started it all.

"Actually, that's not the truth Ellen."

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In the wake of these unearthed clips and toxic workplace allegations...

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Ellen has made the decision to address the situation to her fans.

The star spoke out during the opening monologue to the eighteenth season of her show yesterday.

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The footage was initially posted on YouTube, and then later on Twitter before being shown on the show that evening.

Speaking on the intro, the host said:

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"As you may have heard, this summer there were allegations of a toxic work environment at our show and then there was an investigation. I learned that things happened here that never should have happened."

She continued...

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"I take that very seriously and I want to say I am so sorry to the people who were affected. I know that I'm in a position of privilege and power and I realized that with that comes responsibility, and I take responsibility for what happens at my show."

She went on to say that changes have been put in place.

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"We have had a lot of conversations over the last few weeks about the show, our workplace, and what we want for the future. We have made the necessary changes and today we are starting a new chapter."

Speaking on the press coverage around her not being who she appeared to be on the TV, she said: "I became known as the 'be kind' lady."

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"And here's how that happened: I started saying, 'be kind to one another' after a young man named Tyler Clementi took his own life after being bullied for being gay. "I thought the world needed more kindness and it was a reminder that we all needed that, and I think we need it more than ever right now."

She continued...

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"Being known as the 'be kind' lady is a tricky position to be in. So let me give you some advice out there if anybody's thinking of changing their title or giving yourself a nickname, do not go with the 'be kind' lady. Don't do it."

She continued by saying she is working on herself.

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"The truth is I am that person that you see on TV. I am also a lot of other things. Sometimes I get sad, I get mad, I get anxious, I get frustrated, I get impatient, and I am working on all of that."

Her statement comes after Warner Bros. Television announced that 3 senior producers had exited The Ellen DeGeneres Show after an investigation.

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The show has reportedly been investigated following allegations of racism and sexual misconduct in 2 BuzzFeed News articles, in which past and present employees of the show claimed they faced racism, fear, and intimidation.

After watching the clip, viewers had some strong reactions.

And many still weren't happy with the star.

Some have lost all trust in the star...

Will she change?

But now, the footage has reached her former employees...

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And they had a lot to say on the matter.

During her monologue, mixed in with her apology were sarcastic jokes about how “terrific" her summer had been.

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And this really didn't sit well with her former employees, who came forward to BuzzFeed News to react to what the host had to say for herself.

“Not only did Ellen turn my trauma, turn our traumas, into a joke, she somehow managed to make this about her," one former employee told the outlet.

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“When she said, ‘Oh, my summer was great’ and that was supposed to be funny, I thought, ‘It’s funny that you had a rough summer because everyone was calling out all of the allegations of your toxic work environment and now you’re the one suffering?’" another former employee said.

Former employees also felt insulted by the host's’ “inappropriate jokes" throughout the monologue.

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Especially given the fact that people had come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against her former producers. “When you’re talking about people who have accused her leadership of the seriousness of sexual misconduct, I don’t think it’s appropriate to have jokes in the monologue," a former employee told the publication.

“I don’t feel sorry that she’s in a s**tload of trouble because she branded herself the ‘be kind’ person," a former employee said.

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“She’s acting like it was something she said in passing that just stuck with her. It’s not something that stuck with her, it’s not an accident. She went forward with this idea and this marketing strategy that was not true behind the scenes."

The former employee continued:

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"There’s nothing wrong with being the ‘be kind lady’ if you’re actually true to your word."

Watch the full monologue below.

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