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Ellen's Talk Show Former DJ Tony Okungbowa Speaks Out About Toxic Set

By Ryan Naumann

Ellen DeGeneres’ former talk show sidekick DJ Tony Okungbowa is speaking out about the “toxicity” he felt on set.

DJ Tony Okungbowa, who worked on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” from 2003 until 2013, released a statement on social media amid the recent scandal.

He wrote, “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. 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.”


One fan commented, “You are such a shining soul and I applaud your honesty and strength ❤️” Another said, “I’ve missed you since you left. It’s really shocking to hear all of the truths behind the show. I pray you’re doing well these days!.”

As The Blast previously reported, Ellen DeGeneres is in the middle of trying to salvage her image and career. Her team is going into overdrive trying to execute a crisis PR campaign with the help of her famous friends including Katy Perry and Kevin Hart.


The crisis PR comes after Ellen and her producers were accused of running a show with a toxic workplace full of alleged racism, sexual misconduct and abuse.

Ellen wrote a letter to her staff apologizing and saying she was working with Warner Bros during the investigation into the show. The letter she wrote somehow leaked to the press.

Based on reports, it would appears a couple of show producers will be getting the ax and not Ellen. The investigation is ongoing.

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