Ellen DeGeneres Former DJ Backs Up Show’s ‘Toxicity’ Claims As Its Ratings Plummet
Ellen DeGeneres' former hype man, DJ Tony, confirmed "the toxicity of the environment", plus the show's ratings plummetted to an all-time low.
Things just keep getting worse for Ellen DeGeneres as a popular staple from her eponymous talk show, DJ Tony, just came forward to corroborate claims of a toxic work environment made by current and former employees. Adding to the turmoil, ratings for “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” plummeted to an all-time low.
Once a massive hit, The Ellen DeGeneres Show has its worst ratings in its 17 year history. At the same time the show is being investigated for having a toxic work environment, the viewership has plunged by 30%. pic.twitter.com/JLjh8UlbeZ
— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) August 5, 2020
Ellen DeGeneres’ Former Hype Man, DJ Tony, Breaks Silence On “Toxic” Environment
Daily Mail reported that Tony Okungbowa, who is better known as DJ Tony, served two stints as “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” DJ from 2003 until 2006 and then again from 2007 until 2013.
After dozens of current and former employees of the talk show came forward to accuse Ellen of turning a blind eye to racism, intimidation, and sexual misconduct on the set of her show, DJ Tony took to Instagram to say that he felt the “toxicity of the environment” on the show:
I hope you are all keeping safe out there during these trying times. I have been getting calls asking me about the Ellen Degeneres Show and I would like to address the time I spent there. I was on air talent from 2003-2006 and from 2007 -2013.
While I am grateful for the opportunity it afforded me, I did experience and feel the toxicity of the environment and I stand with my former colleagues in their quest to create a healthier and more inclusive workplace as the show moves forward.
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Hey Guys, I hope you are all keeping safe out there during these trying times. I have been getting calls asking me about the Ellen Degeneres Show and I would like to address the time I spent there. I was on air talent from 2003-2006 and from 2007 -2013. While I am grateful for the opportunity it afforded me, I did experience and feel the toxicity of the environment and I stand with my former colleagues in their quest to create a healthier and more inclusive workplace as the show moves forward.
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“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Ratings Plummet
Earlier this week, Ellen and her executive producers Andy Lassner, Mary Connelly and Derek Westervelt held a call with employees. The call was their attempt to “clear the air” and move forward.
Ellen’s show producers were in a panic after weeks of staffers publicly making claims about their negative experiences on set.
Unfortunately for Ellen, it might already be too late for her to save the show. Reports have come out stating that ratings have plummeted to an all-time low.
The Wrap reported that ratings for “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” hit a record low in the program’s 17-year run at the end of July, plummeting to a 1.0 Live + Same Day household rating for the week ending July 26.
This was a a 9% drop from the previous week, as well as a staggering -29% fall from the same period in summer 2019.
Rumors Hint It’s The End
The claims made against Ellen have been devastating to her brand, which is all about telling people to “be kind” to one another. The Emmy-winning daytime host says that the end of every one of her shows.
Reports have come out over the past few days indicating that Ellen has “had enough” and wants to quit.
“She feels she can’t go on and the only way to recover her personal brand from this is to shut down the show,” an insider at Telepictures told Daily Mail at the end of last week. “The truth is she knew what was going on, it’s her show. The buck stops with her. She can blame every executive under the sun – but Ellen is ultimately the one to blame.”
On this week’s call with staffers, however, producers denied rumors that Ellen is ready to throw in the towel. For now, at least.
It remains to be seen if Ellen DeGeneres will be able to save herself, or if she will become the latest celebrity to be “cancelled” forever.