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Ellen DeGeneres says ‘toxic’ workplace scandal ‘broke’ her heart: ‘It was a horrible time in my life’

Ellen DeGeneres has revealed how her wife Portia de Rossi helped to keep going amid her ‘toxic’ workplace controversy last year.

In a new joint interview with People magazine, the happily married couple got candid about how they have been leaning on each other for support during a year that saw them deal with a global pandemic, Ellen contracting Covid-19 and claims of ‘toxic’ behavior on the set of the comedian’s hit talk show.

Recalling how she worked through the public scrutiny about her workplace, Ellen told the publication: ‘It broke my heart; I couldn’t have gone through everything I went through without her.

‘It was a horrible time in my life, and she was a rock. She kept me going and tried to help me put things in perspective.’

The couple, who wed in August 2008 after same-sex marriage was legalized in California, stated their relationship was stronger than ever as they try to move forward from a tough year.

The Ellen Show came faced immense scrutiny in July after several former employees came forward to make allegations of working in an environment of racism, fear and intimidation.

Some accused executive producers of rampant sexual assault and harassment.

Ellen broke her silence in September with the return of the talk show and addressed the allegations of misconduct.

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Ellen faced a tough year which also saw her contract Covid-19 (Picture: Ellen Degeneres/Instagram)

She said: ‘As you may have heard, this summer there were allegations of a toxic work environment at our show and then there was an investigation.

‘I learned that things happened here that never should have happened. I take that very seriously and I want to say I am so sorry to the people who were affected.

‘I know that I’m in a position of privilege and power and I realised that with that comes responsibility, and I take responsibility for what happens at my show.’

Ellen added: ‘We have had a lot of conversations over the last few weeks about the show, our workplace, and what we want for the future. We have made the necessary changes and today we are starting a new chapter.’


Credit: Original article published here.

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