Brad Garrett of “Everybody Loves Raymond” fame just called out Ellen DeGeneres for the apology she gave to her staff over toxic workplace claims on her talk show.
Fox News reported that DeGeneres finally sent an apology memo to her staff after weeks of claims being made by current and former staffers of a toxic workplace environment on the set of her eponymous talk show.
“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,” DeGeneres began. “Obviously, something changed, and I am disappointed to learn that this has not been the case. And for that, I am sorry. Anyone who knows me knows it’s the opposite of what I believe and what I hoped for our show.”
Garrett, however, was not having any of it.
“Sorry but it comes from the top @TheEllenShow Know more than one who were treated horribly by her. Common knowledge,” he tweeted.
— Brad Garrett (@RealBradGarrett) July 31, 2020
Garrett appeared on DeGeneres’ show six times between 2004 and 2007, but he did not elaborate on what exactly he heard about her workplace environment.
DeGeneres cited her own past struggles in her apology, saying that she is compassionate to others because she nearly lost her career after coming out as a lesbian.
“It’s been way too long, but we’re finally having conversations about fairness and justice. We all have to be more mindful about the way our words and actions affect others, and I’m glad the issues at our show were brought to my attention,” she said. “I promise to do my part in continuing to push myself and everyone around me to learn and grow. It’s important to me and to Warner Bros. that everyone who has something to say can speak up and feels safe doing so.”
“I am so proud of the work we do and the fun and joy we all help put out in the world,” DeGeneres concluded. “I want everyone at home to love our show and I want everyone who makes it to love working on it. Again, I’m so sorry to anyone who didn’t have that experience. If not for COVID, I’d have done this in person, and I can’t wait to be back on our stage and see you all then.”