The Ellen Show hosted by Ellen DeGeneres is being investigated by WarnerMedia over claims of ‘racism’ and ‘intimidation’ from former employees, according to reports.
It is alleged the probe has been launched after numerous accounts of staff on the US talk show being mistreated.
TV bosses from show producer Telepictures and distributor Warner Bros sent a memo to staffers explaining the investigation is being launched, sources claim.
According to the memo, WarnerMedia’s employee relations group and a third party firm will be holding interviews with staff of the show to discuss their own experiences.
The news of the alleged probe comes as BuzzFeed published a report alleging racism and intimidation on the show this month, Variety reports.
The report found that 10 former employees spoken to had negative experiences with the producers and bosses of the series.
It was alleged in the report that two black staff members were reportedly mocked by producers for ‘looking too much alike’.
It is claimed Ellen herself wasn’t involved in the incidents, but was urged to take some responsibility for atmosphere on set.
The memo was sent by Telepictures executive vice president Donna Redier Linsk and WBTV vice president of human resources Donna Hancock Husband.
It was also claimed another was told to take down a GoFundMe page for medical bills not covered by the show’s insurance policy, because it would ‘affect Ellen’s image’.
An insider told BuzzFeed News: ‘They feel that everybody who works at The Ellen Show is lucky to work there — “So if you have a problem, you should leave because we’ll hire someone else because everybody wants to work here.”