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Ellen DeGeneres Talk Show Losing Viewers Amid Toxic Workplace Scandal

By Ryan Naumann

Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show ratings are plunging amid reports the host and her producers are awful people.

According to The Wrap, the ratings dropped to a 1.0 in the week after the BuzzFeed staffer expose was published.

The outlet says the show “sunk to a new series low last month following a bombshell Buzzfeed News report about the toxic work environment behind the scenes.”

Ellen, who is currently running reruns, is down 29% from the same week last year. The show rating had Ellen tied with The Jerry Springer Show.

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As The Blast previously reported, the fallout continues after former staffers spoke out about Ellen and the alleged racism, abuse and sexual misconduct they faced on set.

Earlier this week, 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.”


Ellen has been trying to use her celebrity friends to save her image. Katy Perry and Kevin Hart spoke out in defense of Ellen this week. Both faced immediately backlash with many asking why they didn’t care about the people coming forward with allegations.

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.

The investigation into the matter is ongoing.

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