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Ellen DeGeneres publicly addresses workplace toxicity claims for first time

“I learned that things happened here that never should have happened,” DeGeneres said in her candid remarks. “I take that very seriously and I want to say that I am so sorry to the people who were affected. I know that I’m in a position of privilege and power and I realize with that power comes responsibility and I take responsibility for what happens at my show.”

She said that she and her staff “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.”

“I’m working on all of that,” she said. “I am a work in progress.”

But DeGeneres said she’s not trying to fool anyone — and that the version of herself that people see on TV is authentic.

“This is me and my intention is always to be the best person I can be,” she said. “And if I’ve ever let someone down, if I’ve hurt their feelings, I’m so sorry for that. If that’s ever the case, I’ve let myself down… Because I always try to grow as a person, I look at everything that comes into my life as an opportunity to learn.”

She said she “got into this business to make people laugh and feel good” and, with the success of the show, she’s now the boss of 270 employees “who help make this show what it is.” And she said all she wants is for them to be “happy” and to be “proud to work here.”

She said with the pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests, she still wants her show to be one hour of joy each day. “I’m committed to making this the best season we’ve ever had,” she promised.

received a promotion, to co-executive producer, amid the show hubbub. (He defended her amid the controversy.)” data-reactid=”43″>With that, DeGeneres chatted with show DJ Stephen “tWitch” Boss, who received a promotion, to co-executive producer, amid the show hubbub. (He defended her amid the controversy.)

TWitch said, “The summer was a little crazy. It was a little intense. During that time, there’s been a lot of learning.” He said he’s glad to be back in the studio to “lead by example” and “put our best foot forward after a bounce back.”

backstage to support her during the premiere. The magazine also reports that the crew applauded DeGeneres when she walked off the set after taping.” data-reactid=”45″>People magazine reports that DeGeneres’s wife, Portia de Rossi, was backstage to support her during the premiere. The magazine also reports that the crew applauded DeGeneres when she walked off the set after taping.

Monday’s show featured an interview with actress and comedian Tiffany Haddish — from six feet away.

Premiere week — which actually is off to a late start amid the controversy, being pushed back two weeks from its original Sept. 9 date — will also include other star-studded guests, including Kerry Washington, Alec Baldwin and Kris Jenner.