Ellen DeGeneres wins at People’s Choice Awards 2020 despite ‘toxic workplace’ allegations

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The Ellen DeGeneres Show has been at the centre of a whirlwind of allegations of alleged “abuse” on set, with various former employees coming forward to tell of their experiences. But despite the recent controversy over a “toxic” workplace culture, the chat show was named best daytime talk show at the 2020 People’s Choice Awards, which was held at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica.

I am not only accepting this award for myself but on behalf of my amazing crew and staff who make the show possible

Ellen DeGeneres

Executives from Warner Bros, who produce the show along with US TV show TMZ, revealed they were “concerned and disappointed” by the reports of “unacceptable behaviour” back in September.

But despite the accusations, the show took home the prestigious chat show award.

And while gracing the stage to accept her prize at the awards ceremony on Sunday night, the popular host paid a loving tribute to her “amazing crew and staff”.

“Thank you, thank you, thank you, from deep, deep down in my heart. I thank you,” she said.

“I am not only accepting this award for myself but on behalf of my amazing crew and staff who make the show possible.

“They show up every single day, give 100 percent of themselves, 100 percent of the time.”

The Finding Dory actress added: “I love them all; I thank them for what they do every single day to help that show be the best that we try to make it every single day.”

“Thank you to the people and fans for supporting me and sticking by me.

She concluded her speech by saying: “I cannot tell you how grateful I am and how much it means to me.”

The show is now in its 18th season and DeGeneres began its launch by apologising and vowed to “take responsibility for what happens here”, hoping to “start a new chapter”.

She said: “I learned that things happened here that never should have happened.

“I take that very seriously and I want to say that I am so sorry to the people who were affected.”

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She added: “I know I’m in a position of privilege and power and I realise with that comes responsibility.”

Elsewhere, host Demi Lovato opened the show with a humorous joke about the recent US Presidential elections.

The virtual ceremony saw the stage surrounded by video screens of superfans from all over the country watching at home.

These “virtual in person” fans also presented the awards by revealing the winner’s names.

While noting that the awards are all calculated by fan votes, she joked: “Don’t worry, we made sure to count every vote in Pennsylvania first.”

She also made reference to the coronavirus pandemic, describing how many people feel by saying “this year has been the longest three years of my life.”

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