Amid allegations of sexual misconduct, harassment, and hostility on the set of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, three executive producers—Ed Glavin, Kevin Leman, and Jonathan Norman—have been terminated, BuzzFeed reports.
In a Zoom videoconference call yesterday, Ellen announced that an internal investigation would be coming to a close and broke the news about the changes being made to production.
Former executive producers Leman and Norman have denied all allegations, and Glavin has not responded to any requests for comment.
If you have not been following the Ellen drama, here’s a little background information: In March, comedian Kevin T. Porter started a Twitter thread, asking for stories about Ellen’s hidden mean streak; the thread received thousands of responses.
47 former employees came forward with stories about Glavin, BuzzFeed reports. During reprimands, he often used a remote to close his door “as an intimidation tactic.” Former and current staff also reported that Glavin “had a reputation of being handsy with women,” especially in the control room.
In an email to staff, leaked to BuzzFeed by a current employee, David McGuire, the executive VP of programming at Warner Bros., wrote, “We promised you change and a new culture, and we are absolutely committed to that.”
Well, let’s remain hopeful.
In the meeting, other executive producers said that DeGeneres “will be making rounds to smaller chats” with employees in the future. They also told staffers they’re committed to eliminating a “culture of fear,” they were “shocked” to hear about the allegations that employees weren’t allowed to look at the host, and reinforced a direct line of communication to an HR representative, the source said.
In an email to staff obtained by BuzzFeed News, David McGuire, executive vice president of programming at Warner Bros., said, “We promised you change and a new culture, and we are absolutely committed to that.”
“Many of you have spoken with WarnerMedia’s investigators, and we thank you for your honesty. And though the investigation is nearing its conclusion, our willingness to confidentially hear your thoughts is ongoing,” he said.
“We heard loud and clear that communication needs to be better, at every level. The EPs are already taking steps to make our communication more frequent and effective,” he added. “I hope this note is another way we are showing our commitment to do better.” See what happens when you give white men power, Ellen?
Chadwick Boseman Passes Away At 43
Actor Chadwick Boseman, best known for his role as King T’Challa in the box office smash “Black Panther” passed away from colon cancer Friday.
The actor was first diagnosed with stage 3 cancer in 2016, but remained active in his career with much of his work being released post-diagnosis. A statement from his family confirmed that he continued to work despite his cancer progressing, befitting a man who brought America’s first Black superhero to the silver screen.
As the news of the actor’s death spread, many took to social media to share their condolences.
The tributes continue to flood in as news of his passing continues to ripple through. Read the official statement from his family below.
“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman.
Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV.
A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy.
It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.
He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side.
The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.”
When White Privilege Isn’t Enough to Get Into USC: Lori Loughlin Sentenced to 2 Months in Prison
Actress Lori Loughlin was sentenced to two months in prison today for her role in the college admissions scandal. If you haven’t followed the 10-month-long saga, Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli, a fashion designer, plead not guilty to a bribery charge in a college admission scam back in 2019… Because white privilege just isn’t what it used to be.
The two later plead guilty to paying William Rick Singer, the mastermind, $500,000 to guarantee their two daughters a spot at the University of South Carolina.
Loughlin’s sentence came several hours after her husband’s five-month sentence. According to the US Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, Giannulli’s five-month sentence also came with a whopping fine of $250,000 and 250 hours of community service.
“[Giannulli] engaged more frequently with Singer, directed the bribe payments to USC and Singer, and personally confronted his daughter’s high school counselor to prevent the scheme from being discovered, brazenly lying about his daughter’s athletic abilities,” US Attorney Andrew Lelling of Massachusetts said in the memo released on Tuesday. “Loughlin took a less active role, but was nonetheless fully complicit, eagerly enlisting Singer for a second time for her younger daughter, and coaching her daughter not to ‘say too much’ to her high school’s legitimate college counselor, lest he caught on to their [fradulent activity].
Megan Thee Stallion Confirms Tory Lanez is the Assailant, in Shooting Incident, “Yes, you shot me.” [VIDEO]
Tonight, the Texas hot girl, Megan thee Stallion, dropped the bomb, naming Tory Lanez as the assailant in the alleged shooting.
“Yes, you shot me” the “Savage” rapper said on Instagram live. “And you got your publicist going to the blogs lying and shit.”
“I tried to keep this off this internet, but you tried it” she said before recounting the moment that he shot her. “I was walking away.”
Earlier TMZ reported that The L.A County D.A’s Office is considering filing assault charges against Tory Lanez for the alleged shooting.
With Megan’s broken silence and the incident being investigated, Tory may face jail time.