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Ellen DeGeneres' Former DJ Reveals He Experienced The 'Toxicity' Of The Show

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By Clark Sparky

Yet another former employee of the "Ellen DeGeneres Show" is confirming the reports of a toxic and abusive workplace environment behind the scenes. Tony Okungbowa, who is also known as DJ Felt, worked on the set of the show from 2003-2006 and then again from 2007-2013. He took to Instagram on Tuesday to share a statement about his experience on the show amid the news that WarnerMedia is launching an internal investigation into the allegations.

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"Hey Guys, I hope you are all keeping safe out there during these trying times. I have been getting calls asking me about the Ellen Degeneres Show and I would like to address the time I spent there," Okungbowa wrote.

"I was on air talent from 2003-2006 and from 2007 -2013. While I am grateful for the opportunity it afforded me, I did experience and feel the toxicity of the environment and I stand with my former colleagues in their quest to create a healthier and more inclusive workplace as the show moves forward."

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Producers and some staff have already started coming back to work after a brief summer break. While there has been some speculation that DeGeneres may be forced to step down as the host, for now the show is slated to continue with new episodes starting September 9.

One of the show's executive producers, Andy Lassner, made it clear last week that the show will go on and is not being pulled of the air.

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On Monday, a former producer for the show -- Hedda Muskat -- shared her first-hand experience with abusive behavior.

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."

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"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."

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.

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