The Ellen DeGeneres Show has been replaced on an Australian channel amid allegations of a ‘toxic’ work environment.
The talk show was a staple on Channel Nine for seven years, however, it has been taken off the air following the programme’s internal investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct, racism and bullying.
It was announced that repeat episodes of The Ellen Show would be removed from today, Monday 24 August.
Instead, the channel has replaced episodes of the series with Desperate Housewives.
The network has confirmed, however, that they are ‘resting Ellen repeats’ rather than ‘axing’ the programme completely.
Last week, it was reported that The Ellen DeGeneres Show has 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 apologised to more than 200 staffers during a group video call.
Variety claimed that staff was 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 also alleged 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 Ellen Show 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.
Modern Family actress Sofia Vergara is the latest A-lister to come out in support of Ellen, stating that she was ‘always in on the joke’ after old footage resurfaced of the host mocking her English speaking skills.
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