Ellen DeGeneres Show staff 'offered extra holiday' amid 'toxic' set claims

The Ellen DeGeneres Show has reportedly lined up new perks for employees as they attempt to move forward from the ongoing ‘toxic workplace’ scandal.

Three producers have been fired from the show and host Ellen is reported to have apologized to more than 200 staffers during a group video call on Monday.

And now Variety has reported that staff was also offered new perks which will see them get ‘five [additional] paid days off to use at their discretion, birthdays off, and paid time for doctors appointments and family matters.’

The publication claimed that the show’s remaining producers also spoke on the call and told staff ‘don’t be afraid’ as they prepare to return to work in September.

A source told Variety that the new perks and Ellen’s apology have ‘improved morale’ as they explained: ‘It was important to know what and how much she knew. Because many of us really believe in her.’

The news came after it was revealed Ellen DeGeneres claimed not to know where the ‘crazy’ no eye contact rumours have come from.

The 62-year-old allegedly addressed claims that none of her staff members are allowed to look at her on set.

‘I don’t know where it started,’ Ellen said in the Zoom meeting, Page Six claimed. ‘Please talk to me. Look me in the eye. [The rumour is] crazy, just not true, I don’t know how it started. [It’s] not who I am.’

Former producer Neil Breen claimed in July that Ellen’s producers told him not to look at the TV star during a 2013 interview.

The Ellen Show has faced numerous allegations in recent weeks, following claims of racism and intimidation backstage by former staff members in a Buzzfeed expose.

Ellen has since penned an apology, where she said she takes ‘full responsibility’ for the working environment and is working with WarnerMedia to get rid of the ‘toxic’ culture.

The host has been defended by a slew of celebrities like Katy Perry, Octavia Spencer, Ashton Kutcher and Kevin Hart following the accusations.

Metro.co.uk has contacted a rep for Ellen for comment.

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