During the interview itself, Breen also claimed he had to ask Ellen's staff to stop laughing at her jokes because it was interrupting the recording. Australian radio host Neil Breen recently recalled a "bizarre" encounter from 2013 when he was told by Ellen DeGeneres Show producers not to look at her ahead of an interview.
Ellen DeGeneres has once again come under fire after 36 former employees came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment from senior-level producers working on the star's TV show.
Warner Bros Television said in a statement that although "not all of the allegations were corroborated, we are disappointed that the primary findings of the investigation indicated some deficiencies related to the show's day-to-day management". They largely pointed the finger at the program's three executive producers - Ed Glavin, Mary Connelly and Andy Lassner - but noted the responsibility ultimately falls on the talk show host.
"It's been way too long, but we're finally having conversations about fairness and justice", DeGeneres said, adding that she would push herself and others to "learn and grow".
DeGeneres, 62, has now addressed the situation in a letter to her crew, which was obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.
The criticisms were in stark contrast to the image of Ellen who is seen as a happy-go-lucky comedian with the tag line "Be kind to one another", and who describes her show as "a place of happiness". "Obviously, something changed, and I am disappointed to learn that this has not been the case." she wrote in the letter. But I can tell you the people who work with her walked on eggshells the whole time.
Glavin is reportedly leaving his executive producer role imminently.
In the midst of everything that's going on with The Ellen DeGeneres show, Justin Bieber's manager Scooter Braun is defending the talk show host.
"The Ellen DeGeneres Show is, and has always strived to be, a place that brings positivity to the world", they said. Since the show appeals to a prime demographic, 18-44 year-old women, it ends up making bank for Warner Media through its advertising. For a 30 second ad to air during The Ellen DeGeneres Show, it would cost the advertiser over $50,000.
In comparison, an ad during Dr. Oz's show only costs $35,000. So he may just be the first to come out and say it. If they seem genuine in their apologies, and try to enact crucial changes to help improve the show, people will be willing to give Ellen a second shot.
DeGeneres wrote that she has "deep compassion" for people who are treated unfairly or disregarded.