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Ellen DeGeneres held a virtual staff meeting after two more producers were let go amid reports of a toxic work environment on her show.

DeGeneres boosted staff morale with a Zoom video call on Monday, Aug. 17, following the news that two producers had been axed from her daytime talk show.

DeGeneres reportedly took part in a video call during which she apologized for her "bad days" and promised she'd do better going forward.

Producers Ed Glavin, Kevin Leman, and Jonathan Norman were all told their services are no longer required, according to Deadline.com sources, who reveal the news was shared during the virtual staff meeting on Monday.

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"Producers, Ellen and crew were on a video call this afternoon," a source told Us Weekly. "Ellen addressed them. It really boosted morale. She opened up and was being real. (She) admitted to being multilayered and said she has good days and bad days. She said people on the call would know that she has not asked people not to look her in the eyes on set."

The daytime talk show host has been under fire since allegations about her treatment of employees were first exposed in a Buzzfeed article earlier this summer.

She issued an apology, but executives at WarnerMedia, the company behind The Ellen DeGeneres Show, decided to launch a wider investigation into the allegations.

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DeGeneres, 62, reportedly denied telling people not to make eye contact with her backstage or on the set. She called the claim "crazy" and "not true".

She apparently told her employees that they shouldn't "be afraid to address her and say hi".

"She encouraged it," the source added.

But former staffers took to social media to call her a liar.

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One person wrote, "Liar. You were called out for being a total BITCH so your response is to fire other people. Typical Hollywood hypocrite."

Another said, "So Ellen had claims of sexual abuse, systemic racism and her just plain being mean to her employees and so what does she do? Fires 3 producers and says her show will be better than ever next month."

There are unconfirmed reports that The Ellen DeGeneres Show will be canceled. Friends say the reports have caused considerable concern for DeGeneres, who dreads doing standup comedy tours to pay her bills.

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Comedian Kevin Hart stepped up his public support for embattled TV host Ellen DeGeneres by meeting up for a Los Angeles lunch date.

On Saturday, he was photographed enjoying a drink with DeGeneres on the patio at Santa Monica's Rosewood Miramar Hotel.

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The Finding Dory star found herself under attack in recent weeks after past and present staff members came forward with claims suggesting misconduct, racism, and sexual harassment were rampant behind the scenes of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Hart, 41, was among the talk show host's few celebrity friends to speak out in her defense earlier this month.

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Hart had previously called for a stop to the hate directed at DeGeneres amid the TV scandal, branding her "one of the dopest people on the f**king planet", insisting she doesn't deserve all the "negativity".

The comedian took a lot of flack for defending DeGeneres, who invited the funnyman on her show after he was nearly canceled for past homophobic comments.

Ellen had previously stood by Hart after he stepped down as host of the 2019 Oscars following controversy linked to old tweets featuring derogatory homophobic words he had once posted.

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Oscar winner Octavia Spencer showed her love and support for embattled daytime talk show hostess Ellen DeGeneres on Thursday.

Spencer, 50, posted a B&W throwback high school photo of DeGeneres on her Instagram account. In the lengthy caption, she wrote:

"Sending love and support to Ellen and all of the employees of her show. All of my interactions with everyone from the show including ELLEN were supportive and fun! In that spirit I am praying all involved get the love and support they need."

Spencer updated her post after the comments went left, as her followers objected to the actress and other Black stars rushing to 62-year-old DeGeneres' defense.

"UPDATE: lively debate happening in the comments. I welcome that. I also believe that all of the voices of her employees need to be heard. Past and present. Speaking truth to power is the only way change happens. My truth is everyone was kind to me. From the PAs to the producers. So yeah! I want all of those people to feel valued and heard. And no, people are NOT always kind to talent! #AllVoicesNeedToBeHeard #beyekindonetoanother".

Spencer is one of the most decorated Hollywood actresses. Her list of accolades includes an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. She is one of two Black women to receive three Oscar nominations and two consecutive nominations.

Spencer is the latest Black star to defend DeGeneres publicly. Comedian Kevin Hart, who was nearly canceled for old homophobic statements, was among the first to show his support.

DeGeneres' set DJ, Stephen "tWitch" Boss, broke his silence to show love to his boss.

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Boss is pictured with his wife, dancer Allison Holker, daughter Weslie Fowler and son Maddox Laurel Boss.

"We can't speak too much legally about it, but I'll say this, there's been love," the 37-year-old dancer, told Us Weekly.

"Obviously there's some things to address, but from my standpoint and from countless others, there's been love. I'll just leave it at that until there's a time where we can address more publicly. There's been love and there will continue to be love."

There are unconfirmed reports that DeGeneres's daytime talk show is canceled amid reports that she ignored harassment and racism on her show.
 

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Ellen Degeneres has come under fire once again after 36 former employees came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment.

Just hours after the 63-year-old comedienne admitted she was "sorry" about the "toxic" work environment on her Ellen DeGeneres Show, BuzzFeed published the new article, noting, the daytime talk show "is a place where sexual harassment and misconduct by top executive producers runs rampant," according to, "dozens of men and women who work behind the scenes".

Speaking about their experiences, the 36 former employees range from longtime, senior-level execs to production assistants.

They claim senior producers regularly made sexually explicit comments in the office, and many of the targets were "lower-level and younger employees who felt they lacked any power to speak up."

Other employees alleged inappropriate touching took place, with many of the allegations made against executive producer Ed Glavin, who has been terminated.

"We're young people who were forming our careers and were unfortunately subjected to a toxic work environment as some of our first jobs out of college," a former employee told BuzzFeed.

"Some of us were sexually harassed and that's what was shaping our careers our first year out of school."

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Degeneres addressed the allegations in an emotional statement obtained by Variety.com.

"On day one of our show, I told everyone in our first meeting that 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' would be a place of happiness - no one would ever raise their voice, and everyone would be treated with respect. Obviously, something changed, and I am disappointed to learn that this has not been the case," DeGeneres wrote.

While Warner Bros. executives issued a new statement after launching an investigation into the allegations.

"The Ellen DeGeneres Show is, and has always strived to be, a place that brings positivity to the world," they said. "We have identified several staffing changes, along with appropriate measures to address the issues that have been raised, and are taking the first steps to implement them."

Referring to coming out as a lesbian in 2009, Degeneres said, "As someone who was judged and nearly lost everything for just being who I am, I truly understand and have deep compassion for those being looked at differently, or treated unfairly, not equal, or – worse – disregarded. To think that any one of you felt that way is awful to me."

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Oprah Winfrey's O magazine will cease monthly printing after 20 years. The news comes amid reports that Hearst Magazines' president quit amid sexual abuse allegations.

According to Business of Fashion, the staff of Oprah's magazine were informed of the decision on Friday, July 24.

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The magazine was a joint venture between Oprah, 66, Harpo, Inc. and Hearst Magazines, and is known for its Oprah-centered content, the book of the month club and the annual Oprah's Favorite Things gift guide.

The magazine's readership -- mostly white women -- speculate that the magazine folded due to allegations of sexual misconduct against Troy Young, who resigned as president of Hearst magazines.

The announcement of Young's resignation came a day after the New York Times reported the 52-year-old's "bullying or harassing" behavior which include making indecent remarks to female employees.

In one case, he reportedly sent unsolicited p0rnography to an editor. Young, who was named editor in 2018, sent a note to staffers saying he was "sorry" for the comments he made and he never realized how offensive they were.

"I am sorry and I'm committed to the work I need to do here," he said in his note, which was published by the New York Times.

Hearst president and CEO Steven R. Swartz said the magazine isn't going away completely. It will become "digital-centric" with more emphasis on the O magazine website run by a smaller staff.

"This is a natural next step for the brand, which has grown to an online audience of 8 million, extending its voice and vision with video and social content," a spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter. "We will continue to invest in this platform as the brand grows and evolves into one that is more digitally centric."

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Richelieu Dennis has stepped down as CEO of Essence Communications after former and current female staffers wrote a lengthy essay on Medium.com detailing years of sexual harassment against female staffers.

The scathing essay, titled "The Truth About Essence" was published on Sunday with the byline, Black Female Anonymous, according to Page Six.

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The authors demanded the resignation of Essence's board members whom they accuse of contributing to the toxic environment at Essence:

"We demand the immediate resignation of Chief Executive Officer Richelieu Dennis, Essence Ventures board member and former Essence Communications CEO Michelle Ebanks, Chief Operating Officer Joy Collins Profet, and Chief Content Officer Moana Luu."

The essay described the workplace environment under CEOs Dennis and Ebanks as a "surface-level commitment to Black women" and that Dennis is "driven by greed and a debaucherous sexual appetite".

They accused Dennis of "a history of sleeping with women on the Sundial staff, (the parent company of Shea Moisture he sold to Unilever in 2017) and for the women who don't seemingly consent, he openly sexually harasses them at private company events."

On Monday, Essence Communications released a statement denouncing the allegations as baseless.

However, on Tuesday, Essence Communications released another statement saying Dennis will be stepping down as CEO.

"Out of an abundance of caution and an unwavering commitment to transparency, ESSENCE is in the process of hiring law firms and other independent external experts to assess and review the company's policies and practices and conduct comprehensive employee interviews," the statement reads.

Dennis, who founded Shea Moisture products, purchased the iconic Essence magazine from TIME magazine in 2018.

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Jurors in the sexual assault trial against Harvey Weinstein were shown naked pictures of the movie mogul on Tuesday, to corroborate accusers' descriptions of his "deformed" genitals.

After hearing testimony from Jessica Mann and Emanuela Postacchini, both of whom alleged the disgraced producer pressured them into participating in a threesome, the panel was shown five nude pictures of the 67-year-old, WENN.com reports.

Mann previously described Weinstein's genitals as "deformed" and "intersex" during her testimony at Manhattan Supreme Court.

"The first time I saw him fully naked... I thought he was deformed and intersex. He has extreme scarring that I didn't know if maybe he was a burn victim. He does not have testicles and it appears like he has a vagina."

Weinstein's lawyer had strenuously argued against the jury being shown the images, but they were entered into evidence on Tuesday.

When jurors were shown the images, the New York Post's gossip column Page Six reported that one of the female jurors "made a slight face", "while another woman on the panel raised her eyebrows and a male juror opened his eyes widely".

The images were among 72 shots taken on June 18, 2018, by Manhattan District Attorney photographer Yakov Mandelman, as part of the DA's investigation into the criminal case against Weinstein.

When Mandelman was asked if the pictures "fairly accurately represent how the defendant looked", he answered yes.

As Weinstein left the court after the day's proceedings, he was asked by a reporter whether the pictures were of him naked.

"No, it was Playboy," he laughed.

Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to 5 felony counts of rape and sexual assault relating to encounters with Mann and production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2013 and 2006.

He faces life behind bars if convicted.

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Mo'Nique called out Oprah Winfrey in an open letter for staying quiet about Harvey Weinstein's predatory behavior with Hollywood starlets such as Lupita Nyong'o.

Oprah has repeatedly said she knew nothing about Weinstein's rapey behavior, but Mo'Nique isn't buying her denials.

Mo'Nique took to social media to call out the media mogul for staying quiet about the disgraced Hollywood producer who is accused of raping dozens of women who willingly visited his hotel rooms for sexual favors in return for starring roles in his films.

His casting couch style of auditions were an open secret in Tinseltown, and many believe Oprah should've known about him.

Mo'Nique took issue with Oprah producing a documentary about Russell Simmons' alleged rapey behavior with younger women. Oprah cancelled the documentary after a massive blowback on social media.

"I felt compelled to write you this open letter after observing the disparity in the way that you seem to treat people, who were accused of the same allegations," Mo'Nique wrote. "You did an interview on the CBS Morning Show and were asked about Harvey Weinstein by Norah O'Donnell, and you said as it pertained to him that you "always try to look at the Rainbow in the clouds, whatever is the 'silver lining'. You also said 'if we make this all about Harvey Weinstein then we have lost the moment.'"

The comedienne questioned why Oprah planned to make documentaries about Michael Jackson and Simmons. "How is that not making it all about them?" she asked.

Mo'Nique added:

"Interestingly, Brother M.J. was acquitted, and deceased, so how is he not off limits? Russell and Harvey are accused of the same thing so in fairness how do you not "support" the accusers of both as you said you did with R.S. or you look for the silver liming for both like you said you did for H.W.?"

Mo'Nique accused Oprah of playing it safe by producing documentaries about Black men who are accused of rapey behavior.

"My personal experience with you is you've watched me as a Black woman be accused of being difficult for not promoting 'Precious' internationally for Lions Gate, at Lions Gate, Tyler Perry and your request, despite the fact my deal was with Lee Daniels Entertainment...

When I was sixteen and I meet you at your local show in Baltimore, I told you I wanted to be just like you when I grew up. You responded, 'you have to work really really hard'. My sixteen year old self didn't know that you in your silence in the face of wrongdoing, would make my life 'harder'."

 

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Dear @oprah, I felt compelled to write you this open letter after observing the disparity in the way that you seem to treat people, who were accused of the same allegations. You did an interview on the CBS Morning Show and were asked about Harvey Weinstein by Norah O’Donnell, and you said as it pertained to him that you “always try to look at the Rainbow in the clouds, whatever is the “silver lining”. You also said “if we make this all about Harvey Weinstein then we have lost the moment”. When you either are, or were going to be a part of documentary on Michael Jackson, and Russell Simmons, how is that not making it all about them? Interestingly, Brother M.J. was acquitted, and deceased, so how is he not off limits? Russell and Harvey are accused of the same thing so in fairness how do you not “support” the accusers of both as you said you did with R.S. or you look for the silver lining for both like you said you did for H.W.? The only difference between the two is there skin color and doesn’t H.W. have way more accusers? My personal experience with you is you’ve watched me as a black women be accused of being difficult for not promoting “Precious” internationally for Lions Gate, at Lions Gate, Tyler Perry and your request, despite the fact my deal was with Lee Daniels Entertainment. And, how are you for black women when you hear Tyler on audio saying I was right and he was going to speak up but you or him still haven’t said a word? When I was sixteen and I meet you at your local show in Baltimore, I told you I wanted to be just like you when I grew up. You responded, “ you have to work really really hard”. My sixteen year old self didn’t know that you in your silence in the face of wrongdoing, would make my life “harder”. Lastly, please consider standing by the people who are right and not just the “right people”. Love you to life, Mo’Nique

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Mathew Knowles has backtracked on comments he made alleging two members of the R&B group Jagged Edge sexually harassed singers Beyonce and Kelly Rowland.

Knowles, Destiny's Child's former music manager, claimed two members of Jagged Edge sexually harassed the girls on a tour bus back in the day.

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Mathew, 67, made the shocking claims in an interview with Vlad TV to promote his latest book Destiny's Child: The Untold Story.

He told DJ Vlad that two members of the R&B group made sexual advances towards his daughters, Beyonce and Kelly, when their groups toured together in the early 2000s.

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"I got a call from Kelly and Beyoncé ... saying that they were constantly being harassed by two of the members in Jagged Edge," he said. "I couldn't have that. I literally had to put the guys off the bus in Baton Rouge, Louisiana."

"Now, remember the girls are minors: They're 16-years-old, the guys are 21- and 22-years-old," said Mathew.

But now he is clarifying his comments after Jagged Edge reportedly threatened legal action.

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Mathew's scandalous allegations prompted social media users to guess the two members were the group's sex symbols Richard Wingo, left, and Kyle Norman, right.

The group's twin lead singers Brandon and Brian Casey were in relationships with Destiny's Child members LaTavia Roberson and LaToya Luckett at the time.

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Speaking to the New York Post's gossip column Page Six, Mathew changed his tune, explaining: "I feel the need to clarify that I did not say the girls were sexually harassed while on tour with Jagged Edge in the 2000s. I said 'harassed.'"

Mathew said he didn't mean to imply the guys physically assaulted the girls on the bus.

"The term 'sexual harassment' may imply to some to mean physical advances. I would classify the harassment they encountered more as unwelcome and inappropriate remarks to minors from adults who should have known better."

Neither Beyonce, Kelly nor Jagged Edge has responded to the allegations made by Mathew.
 

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Mathew Knowles claims members of R&B group Jagged Edge sexually harassed his daughters Beyonce Knowles and Kelly Rowland when they toured together in the nineties.

Mathew made the shocking allegations in an exclusive interview with DJ Vlad, of Vladtv.com. No charges were ever filed against the two group members.

Mathew, who was Destiny's Child's music manager, said the harassment occurred when Destiny's Child and Jagged Edge toured together in the nineties.

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Mathew, 67, said he acted swiftly when Beyonce and Kelly called him from the tour bus to complain that two of the boys were "constantly" sexually harassing them.

"I got a call from Kelly and Beyoncé ... saying that they were constantly being harassed by two of the members in Jagged Edge," he said. "I couldn't have that. I literally had to put the guys off the bus in Baton Rouge, Louisiana."

"Now, remember the girls are minors: They're 16-years-old, the guys are 21- and 22-years-old," said Mathew, who is promoting his new book, Destiny's Child: The Untold Story.

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Jagged Edge, who were signed to Jermaine Dupri's So So Def Records, are best known for their hit songs including "I Gotta Be", "He Don't Love U", and "Let's Get Married." The group is comprised of twin lead singers Brandon and Brian Casey and sex symbols Kyle Norman and Richard Wingo.

Mathew didn't specify which members of Jagged Edge harassed the Destiny's Child members, who were popular for their harmonious singing and scantily dressed performances.

Mathew said he acted within his fiduciary duty to stop the harassment, as a music manager.

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"I have a fiduciary duty with minors, by the law, there's a certain way I have to manage that."

He said the incident "began all this drama" that resulted in Destiny's Child members LaTavia Roberson and LaToya Luckett acquiring new management and leaving the group in 2000.

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He said he received a certified letter from a lawyer acting as the "interim manager" for LaTavia (pictured left) and LaToya (not pictured).

Mathew responded that LaTavia and LaToya contributed only 5% of the vocals to the group - and, ultimately, they were gone from the group.