Ellen DeGeneres addressed the infamous toxic workplace scandal that saw three of her most senior employees removed from The Ellen Show.
The comedian is preparing to take to the stage one last time at the Warner Bros Lot in Burbank, Calif. to wrap up her hit talk show Thursday after 19 seasons on the air.
DeGeneres refused to go off the air without briefly addressing the controversy that rocked her popular show in 2020 — including alleging she was rude to employees.
“I just have to trust that everything that happened during that time, which was obviously very, very difficult, happened for a reason,” she told the Hollywood Reporter.
“I think I learned a lot and there were some things that shocked and surprised me. It opened my eyes, but I just have faith that this had to happen.”
DeGeneres was famously slammed with allegations by past and present collaborators of enabling a “toxic culture” when the cameras weren’t rolling — casting doubt on her signature “be nice to one another” phrase.
She’s been accused of bullying not only by staff, but also by previous guests and even other celebs – some claiming her mean nature was well known among Hollywood’s elite.
The 64-year-old called the controversy a “very, very difficult” time and told the outlet that she “cried every day” while recording episodes of her final season.
The 33-time Emmy-winning actress revealed she’s been trying to keep the last two weeks of filming “fun” to help combat her “battle with anxiety and depression.”
Calling the scandal “unfortunate,” DeGeneres said, “It is what it is — you go through things in life and you just keep learning and growing. That’s how I have to see it.”
The allegations forced WarnerMedia to open an investigation into their show.
DeGeneres said she originally planned to slam the daytime show three years ago, just before it was hit with sensational allegations.
She was eventually persuaded to stay a little longer, she told the outlet.
She finally apologized in July 2020, saying at her season 18 premiere, “I’m so sorry for the people that have been affected by this. I am committed to ensuring that this does not happen again.”
DeGeneres told THR it’s the right time for her to end the show, saying the world is “in a crazy place” and “very charged.”
“But it’s definitely time to stop. And the producers, we all keep in touch. andy [Lassner] still texts me at least three times a day,” she added.
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