Beloved Former 'Ellen Show' DJ Tony Okungbowa Releases Damning Statement About The 'Toxicity' He Felt On The Show
Who needs a Netflix subscription when The Ellen DeGeneres Show keeps serving up endless drama?
A couple of weeks ago, staff concerns about an abusive workplace were investigated by parent company WarnerMedia. Rumours that Ellen herself is "notoriously one of the meanest people alive" have been around for a while, so her sunny TV persona has taken quite the hit.
Right now we all need a little kindness. You know, like Ellen Degeneres always talks about! 😊❤️
She’s also notoriously one of the meanest people alive
Respond to this with the most insane stories you’ve heard about Ellen being mean & I’ll match every one w/ $2 to @LAFoodBank
— Kevin T. Porter (@KevinTPorter) March 20, 2020
Since then, there's been a misguided letter of apology, talk of Ellen being replaced by James Corden (huh?), and celebs hitting social media to insist that Ellen had always been super nice to them. Well fancy that.
A further development is that Tony Okungbowa – who worked as DJ on the show for a decade – opened up about the difficult work environment he experienced. “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”, he said on his Instagram page.
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.
The show’s current DJ though, Stephen “tWitch” Boss, seems relatively happy with his experience on the show. “We can’t speak too much legally about it, but I’ll say this, there’s been love,” he told Us Weekly earlier this week. “Obviously there’s some things to address, but from my standpoint and from countless others, there’s been love.” How nice. Then again, it's hard to have a go at your employer when they pay your salary. So – in the wise words of Alec Baldwin – there's that.
We’ll keep you updated on any developments, so watch this space. Perhaps a DJ battle will be on the cards..? Come on, investigators. Let's settle this once and for all.
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