Everyone was pretty surprised when Ellen decided to open up the 28th season of her show with an apology monologue regarding all the accusations of abuse that have dogged her over the last couple of years, but it soon became clear that she was going to try and laugh it off and not really take the allegations seriously at all.
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Thankfully, most people affected by her actions and saw this weren’t falling for her bullshit and immediately decided to call her out on it through statements released to Buzzfeed. That was quick wasn’t it, but I guess it just adds more fuel to the fire that Ellen is an absolutely awful bully and asshole to her employees.
Here’s what they all had to say about her ‘apology’:
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Not only did Ellen turn my trauma, turn our traumas, into a joke, she somehow managed to make this about her.
When she said, ‘Oh, my summer was great’ and that was supposed to be funny I thought, ‘It’s funny that you had a rough summer because everyone was calling out all of the allegations of your toxic work environment and now you’re the one suffering?’
When you’re talking about people who have accused her leadership of the seriousness of sexual misconduct, I don’t think it’s appropriate to have jokes in the monologue.
I don’t feel sorry that she’s in a shit load of trouble because she branded herself the ‘be kind’ person. She’s acting like it was something she said in passing that just stuck with her. It’s not something that stuck with her, it’s not an accident. She went forward with this idea and this marketing strategy that was not true behind the scenes.
Current Employee 1:
Speaking about how employees received minimal communication about the direction of the show post-allegations.
It’s always tactical. The average person will listen to it and make their own choices, but what people don’t always take into account is that information is power, and she’s sharing it now because it’s for premiere week and it’s to get viewers back, and that just feels the opposite of what this message is about.
I mean none of them are wrong are they? There’s literally no way that so many people can come out and say all this shit about Ellen with so many specific examples and there not be some modicum of truth in it, right? And then for her just to make joke about it in a Priti Patel ‘sorry you feel that way’/’sorry, not sorry’ kinda way really does undermine everyone involved who seem deeply traumatised about it.
Sadly, the fact is that Ellen is probably too powerful at this point and nobody is going to be able to bring her down. Three producers were fired to try and cover for her when it seems clear that she’s the main bad egg over there and this ‘apology’ – or lack thereof – just shows how no real change is going to be affected any time soon on her show.
Hopefully one day she might be ousted and left to wallow in her $330 million fortune if everyone keeps complaining about her though. Really find it highly unlikely given her status. So it goes.
For more of the same, check out her full apology monologue here. You really gotta see that to believe it.