Over the summer, allegations of a toxic production environment surfaced at the Ellen DeGeneres Show. Current and former staffers told BuzzFeed that they dealt with harassment, intimidation, and racism while working at the show.
DeGeneres sent an email to staffers back in July, and from there, an investigation took place. There hasn't been much said on the matter since—until now.
During her season 18 premiere monologue, DeGeneres addressed the allegations and made it clear that she and her producers are doing everything they can to make things right.
"As you may have heard, this summer there were allegations of a toxic work environment at our show, and then there was an investigation," DeGeneres said. "I learned that things happened here that never should have happened. I take that very seriously and I want to say I am so sorry to the people that were affected. I know that I am in a position of privilege and power and with that comes responsibility and I take responsibility for what happens at my show."
"This is The Ellen DeGeneres Show," she added. "I am Ellen DeGeneres. My name is there, my name is there, my name is on underwear. We have had a lot of conversations over the last few weeks about the show, our workplace and what we want for the future. We have made the necessary changes and today we are starting a new chapter."
DeGeneres also addressed the allegations that she is a much different person when she's not on camera.
"There were also articles in the press and on social media that said that I am not who I appeared to be on TV, because I became known as the 'be kind' lady," DeGeneres said. "And here's how that happened: I started saying, 'be kind to one another' after a young man named Tyler Clementi took his own life after being bullied for being gay."
Here's her entire monologue: