Jimmy Kimmel doesn’t ask Ellen about claims about her ‘toxic behavior’

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Jimmy Kimmel doesn’t ask Ellen tough questions in her first interview because she was accused of ‘toxic behavior’ and instead asks about charity work and getting stoned

  • Jimmy Kimmel didn’t ask Ellen DeGeneres about ‘toxic’ workplace behavior on Tuesday during her first interview since the claims surfaced last year
  • Instead, they joked and played games, including one where they tried to remember strange things they’d done on their talk shows over the years
  • Kimmel also asked DeGeneres about her charity work, and she revealed how ‘stoned’ she was when she rushed her wife Portia de Rossi to the hospital.
  • De Rossi was due for an emergency appendectomy in March, DeGeneres said

Jimmy Kimmel hasn’t asked Ellen DeGeneres any questions about the allegations of her ‘toxic behavior’ in the workplace during her first interview since the claims surfaced last year.

Instead, the couple’s talk on Tuesday revolved around countless jokes and games, including one in which they tried to recall strange things they’d done on their talk shows over the years.

The fact that the allegations against DeGeneres did not emerge at all during the interview was first reported by The everyday beast, who noted that the host’s appearance shows how many celebrities “ cover their famous friends when low-ranking staffers are abused. ”

Kimmel also asked DeGeneres about her charity work, and she revealed how ‘stoned’ she was when she rushed her wife, Portia de Rossi, to the hospital for an emergency appendectomy in March.

“It’s probably not safe, I shouldn’t say anything about that,” she told Kimmel of the emergency.

Jimmy Kimmel hasn't asked Ellen DeGeneres any questions about the allegations of her 'toxic behavior' in the workplace during her first interview since the claims surfaced last year

Jimmy Kimmel hasn’t asked Ellen DeGeneres any questions about the allegations of her ‘toxic behavior’ in the workplace during her first interview since the claims surfaced last year

Instead, the couple's talk on Tuesday revolved around countless jokes and games, including one in which they tried to recall strange things they'd done on their talk shows over the years.

Instead, the couple’s talk on Tuesday revolved around countless jokes and games, including one in which they tried to recall strange things they’d done on their talk shows over the years.

Last year, dozens of The Ellen DeGeneres Show employees claimed that racism, bullying and sexual harassment was rife in the Hollywood studio.

The claims have cost DeGeneres 1.1 million viewers who stopped watching the show in the past year, according to Nielsen data released in March. Her viewers at one point were up to 2.6 million viewers, but now up to 1.5 million viewers.

Former workers said the show has high staff turnover due to the pressure DeGeneres is exerting, but that fear of her “ power ” has kept complainants from coming forward earlier.

The show’s parent company, WarnerMedia, started an investigation in July 2020 after employees made their grievances public.

At the time, DeGeneres sent her staff a memo in which she wrote that she was ‘taking steps … to resolve problems with her employees’ after several complaints and an internal investigation into the alleged toxic work environment had been launched.

On the first day 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. Clearly something has changed and I am disappointed to learn that it has not. And I’m sorry, ”DeGeneres said in the memo.

In September, DeGeneres used her opening monologue from the new season of her daytime talk show to address allegations of a toxic work environment and apologize for things “that should never have happened.”

The Ellen DeGeneres Show kicked off its 18th season in Los Angeles in September with the host onstage for the first time in months after filming from DeGeneres’ home during quarantine.

“We’ve had a lot of talks over the past few weeks about the show, our workplace and what we want for the future,” she said. “We’ve made the necessary changes and today we’re starting a new chapter.”

Three of the show’s producers left over the summer over allegations of a dysfunctional workplace harboring misconduct, including sexual misconduct and racially insensitive comments.

The host also addressed allegations that the off-camera DeGeneres is very different from her sunny on-air persona.

“The truth is, I am that person you see on TV,” she said. “I’m many other things too,” she said. ‘I get sad. I’m getting angry. I get anxious. I get frustrated. I’m getting impatient. And I am working on that. ‘

Since then, DeGeneres has kept a low profile, with Tuesday night’s interview being her first since the claims made headlines.

The interview with Kimmel was likely an attempt to spotlight DeGeneres ahead of the premiere of her new show, Ellen’s Next Great Designer, on HBO Max.

The show starts streaming on Thursday.

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