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'Ellen DeGeneres Show' Producers Are Returning To Work And Reportedly Addressing Staff

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By Clark Sparky

The staff of the "Ellen DeGeneres Show" has been on a summer break, but they are now all starting to filter back into work during a time of intense scrutiny for the show. Amid many different accusations from current and former employees of an abusive and toxic work environment, NBC's parent company WarnerMedia announced last week it's launching an investigation into the show.

On Monday, some of the show's producers started returning to work and have begun the process of talking to staff members about the allegations, according to Variety.

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So far, only the senior members of the productions staff have returned to work, but roughly 140 additional show employees are expected to start coming back soon. The show is slated to return with new episodes on September 9.

DeGeneres and some of her producers have been the target of serious accusations of bullying and generally abusive behavior via several well sourced reports that have been published recently.

In one such report, former producer, Hedda Muskat, detailed some of the behavior she witnessed first hand.

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Muskat said she was present when executive producer Ed Glavin when on a tirade against one of the show's staff members. "He just went off on them. His whole face turned red. We were stunned," she said.

Instead of stopping the behavior, Muskat says that DeGeneres laughed and seemed to encourage it, calling Glavin her "dog."

"I was waiting for Ellen to say something. 'Whoa, Ed, don’t talk like that,'" Do you know what she did? She giggled. She crossed her legs up on the chair and she said, 'Well, I guess every production needs their dog' … And from then we knew. Ed was going to be the barking dog -- her dog."

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DeGeneres has admitted that there are problems behind the scenes and wrote a letter to her staff on July 30 in which she vowed to address and correct the problems.

"As we've grown exponentially, I've not been able to stay on top of everything and relied on others to do their jobs as they knew I'd want them done. Some didn't," she wrote. "That will now change, and I'm committed to ensuring this does not happen again."

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Glavin, along with fellow executive producers Mary Connelly and Andy Lassner, issued a statement last week addressing the allegation.

"We are truly heartbroken and sorry to learn that even one person in our production family has had a negative experience. It's not who we are and not who we strive to be, and not the mission Ellen has set for us."

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