Perez Hilton: Ellen Should've Shown 'More Accountability' in Toxic Workplace Scandal

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Sunday November 29, 2020

Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres  (Source:Andrew Harnick/AP)

Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton says that Ellen DeGeneres should have shown "more accountability" in the scandal around allegations of a toxic workplace that rocked her talk show, diminished her social media clout, and put a dent in her ratings.

Pink News reports that in comments to an Australian newspaper, Hilton reckoned that the apology DeGeneres delivered in September, when her daytime talk show returned for its new season, wasn't enough.

"I do wish she would have taken even more accountability, because there have been reports that she was aware to some extent, and in the room sometimes, when inappropriate things were happening," Hilton remarked. "But she's Ellen... why would a celebrity admit to more than they have to?"

Hilton opined that it's a matter of course in the entertainment industry to work long hours under stressful conditions, saying, "that is the culture. But it should also be a professional environment," Hilton added, "which means a boss, someone in a position of power, should not ask you out on a date or proposition you, or even scream at you."

But, Perez said, in the long run the flap amounts to little more than a "speed bump" in Ellen's road. "She's not going to get fired, nor is she going to quit; she's signed up for multiple seasons," the blogger noted.

"There is too much money being made by everyone involved with her show and, at the end of the day, that is what Hollywood cares about the most."

The scandal erupted last summer, with allegations of toxic back-stage conditions on Ellen's show, including workplace harassment, sexual misconduct, racial insensitivity, and Ellen herself being very different behind the scenes than the kindly persona she projects for the camera. The "be nice" lady was dubbed "the meanest person alive" as the allegations swirled.

In the fallout, the show jettisoned three producers but still saw a ratings slump. Even so, Ellen bounced back handily, claiming the prize for best daytime talk show during the annual People's Choice Awards, which are driven by a popular vote in which the public can go online to weigh in for their favorites.

Ellen was also on Hilton's mind when he posted a collage at Instagram that pictorially summarized 2020's "Celebrity scandals," noted news site The Things.

Ellen took a prominent place in the collage, The Things reported, noting how "Smack dab in the middle of it all was none other than Ellen herself."

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.

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