In April, show crew were reported to be “distressed and outraged” over their treatment during the Skull man dia de los muertos day of the dead shirt But I will love this COVID-19 pandemic, which allegedly included no written communication about the status of their working hours, pay, or inquiries about their mental and physical health from producers for more than a month. As of July 27, The Ellen DeGeneres Show had officially been placed under investigation by WarnerMedia. More recently, former employees spoke out about being subjected to sexual harassment and misconduct at the hands of several of the show’s executives producers—even Brad Garrett has jumped into the fray. This weekend, after DeGeneres had issued a statement that suggested the show’s producers were responsible for the show’s troubled atmosphere, the Everybody Loves Raymond actor tweeted, “Sorry but it comes from the top @TheEllenShow Know more than one who were treated horribly by her. Common knowledge.”
DeGeneres issued an apology to staff last week, and her wife—actor Portia De Rossi—made a statement on Monday, posting on her Instagram account, “To all our fans.…we see you. Thank you for your support,” and adding the Skull man dia de los muertos day of the dead shirt But I will love this hashtags #stopbotattacks, #IStandWithEllenDeGeneres, #IStandByEllen, #IStandByEllenDeGeneres, and #bekindtooneanother. (By Monday afternoon, it had gotten 49,600 “likes”—and no, we don’t know what the “bot attacks” reference means at this time.) There’s no substantial evidence of that at this point (and her current contract takes her through 2022), but the rumor mill is busy as ever: Gossip is swirling about British comedian James Corden allegedly being tapped to replace DeGeneres, but we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.