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    DeGeneres became famous as a stand-up comedian, but it’s her self-titled daytime talk show that made Ellen a household name and one of the most decorated TV personalities. Since its launch in 2003, it has won 61 prestigious Emmy Awards. However, this past summer the show was mired in a controversy.

    Ellen DeGeneres may have left the hostile workplace allegations made against her in the past, but social media users still can't forget about the scandal. News of the show winning the 2020 People’s Choice Awards has prompted a wave of angry and sarcastic comments online. Despite a sharp drop in ratings, Ellen picked up the prize in the Daytime Talk Show category.

    "Thank you, thank you, thank you, from deep, deep down in my heart. I thank you. I am not only accepting this award for myself but on behalf of my amazing crew and staff who make the show possible. They show up every single day, give 100 percent of themselves, 100 percent of the time", the TV host said while accepting the award.

    However, her speech failed to satisfy netizens, who accused DeGeneres of dishonesty and noted that she is nothing without her employees.

    ​Many wondered why the public had voted for her after the show's producers had been accused of bullying, racism, and sexual misconduct.

    ​Other netizens seem to have found the answer to how Ellen won the award.

    ​Many users contended that the show was nominated in the wrong category…

    ​Still others said that the vote was rigged, poking fun at the 2020 presidential election.

    ​In mid-July, Buzzfeed published a story in which 36 former employees of The Ellen Show spoke out about the toxic work environment there. Besides the above-mentioned accusations of racism, sexual harassment, and bullying, some employees complained that they were fired for attending family funerals or taking days off because of illness. Individuals who spoke to Buzzfeed also claimed that the host herself was aware of the toxic environment.

    "She knows s*** goes on, but also she doesn’t want to hear it”, one individual told Buzzfeed. "You cannot stand up in front of an audience as large as hers every single day for 17 years and say the words 'be kind to one another' and do what she did", said another.

    The Buzzfeed story prompted an internal investigation that resulted in the firing of three executive producers.

    DeGeneres started the latest season of the show with an apology to former staff members, but brushed off claims that she knew what was happening behind the scenes, saying:

    "Maybe some of you know that, you know, I was an actress. I’ve played a straight woman in movies, so I’m a pretty good actress. But I don’t think that I’m that good that I could come out here every day for seventeen years and fool you".


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