Top producers on The Ellen Degeneres Show have been fired following a slew of sexual harassment and misconduct allegations.
On Monday, Ellen DeGeneres announced that three producers: Glavin and Kevin Leman, and co-executive producer Jonathan Normal were terminated during a video conference call with the show’s crew, according to Buzzfeed News. In addition, the talk show host said that an internal investigation into the workplace allegations is quickly coming to a close.
The news about the three execs was also confirmed by Warner Bros, who said the parties have “parted ways.” Leman previously sent a statement to Buzzfeed, saying that he was “100% categorically denying these allegations.” Meanwhile, DeGeneres is expected to be” making rounds of smaller chats” with employees in the future, the outlet reports. The production said that it is looking to eliminate the “culture of fear” and said they were “shocked” to hear about the allegations. Some of which included employees being banned from looking at DeGeneres.
“We promised you change and a new culture, and we are absolutely committed to that,” said David McGuire, in an email to staff. “Many of you have spoken with WarnerMedia’s investigators, and we thank you for your honesty. And though the investigation is nearing its conclusion, our willingness to confidentially hear your thoughts is ongoing,” he said.
He continued:” We heard loud and clear that communication needs to be better at every level. The EPs are already taking steps to make our communication more frequent and effective. I hope this note is another way we are showing our commitment to do better.”
The move comes after five former employees accused Galvin of touching them inappropriately by rubbing their shoulders and back. Some also said that he would place his hand around their waist. Many said Galvin was known for “being handsy with women,” especially while in the control room. On top of the five workers who say they were sexually assaulted, 47 employees came forward about the intimidation tactics Galvin would use to inflict fear in his workers daily. The same was said about Leman, whose former employees say would make sexual gestures and comments towards them. One worker said Leman would ask questions like, “Are you a top or a bottom?” and would point out male employees’ bulges in their crotches.
Now that these necessary changes are being made, employees say they are happy that justice has finally come. “Getting rid of the toxic people at the top is the only way that that place is ever going to change, or the culture is ever going to change. It’s a relief that people spoke up, and people listened and decided to take action. It feels like justice has been served in some way,” a former employee told Buzzfeed News.