Ellen Degeneres is one of the biggest talk show hosts on the planet, so when news broke last year of her alleged bullying behavior behind the scenes and “toxic working environment,” people were in shock.
Media outlets paid close attention to the story, But Ellen says she feels somebody was behind it all.
“I mean, I really don’t understand it. I still don’t understand it,” she said on the Today show. “It was too orchestrated. It was too coordinated. And you know, people get picked on, but for four months straight for me, and then for me to read in the press about a toxic work environment when all I have ever heard from every guest that comes on the show is what a happy atmosphere this is and what a happy place it is.”
This week, it was announced that Ellen’s show would wrap after the 19th season. She says she had no idea any toxic things were happening behind the scenes.
“I don’t know how I could have known when there is 255 employees here, and there are a lot of different buildings, unless I literally stayed here until the last people goes home at night,” she said. “It is my name on the show, so clearly it affects me, and I have to be the one to stand up and say, this can’t be tolerated. But I do wish somebody would have come to me and said, ‘Hey, there is something that you should know about.'”