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Ellen DeGeneres thanks ‘amazing staff’ and fans for ‘sticking by’ her while accepting People’s Choice award

Ellen DeGeneres thanks 'amazing staff' and fans for 'sticking by'

Ellen DeGeneres has thanked her “amazing” fans and staff for standing by her after scandal enveloped her TV show.

The comic was forced to make drastic behind-the-scenes changes on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, sacking three key producers after a damning investigation exposed an alleged toxic work environment and a culture of fear and bullying.

Network executives were reported to have considered cancelling the show amid a stream of negative headlines, including many about DeGeneres – who was accused of being  “one of the meanest people alive” away from the cameras.

Talk show host says she ‘thanks staff for what they do every single day’.

Despite the controversy, the embattled host picked up the best daytime talk show award at the E! People’s Choice Awards on Sunday (November 15), acknowledging the behind-the-scenes issues.

She said: “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, they give 100 percent of themselves, 100 percent of the time.”

DeGeneres continued: “I love them all, and I thank them for what they do every single day to help that show be the best that we try to make it every single day.

“I know this award comes from the people, and I say thank you to all of my fans for supporting me, for sticking by me.

“I can’t tell you how grateful I am and what this means to me, it’s more than I could possibly tell you, especially right now.”

She joked of the trophy at the socially-distanced ceremony: “I’m going to wipe it down with Lysol and then I’m going to put it on my shelf.”

Ellen DeGeneres used her show to address claims of bullying. 

In September, DeGeneres addressed the allegations head-on as her show returned from its summer break.

“Welcome to season 18 of The Ellen DeGeneres Show!” the 62-year-old said, ending a months-long silence.

“If you’re watching because you love me, thank you. If you’re watching because you don’t love me, welcome.

“How was everybody’s summer? Good? Mine was great. Super terrific!”

Ellen DeGeneres during a taping of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Ellen DeGeneres during a taping of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. (Getty/Brooks Kraft)

DeGeneres continued: “Let’s get to it. 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 am in a position of privilege and power and I realise that with that comes responsibility, and I take responsibility for what happens at my show.”

Lesbian Mom and Veteran Political Organizer to be Kamala Harris’ Chief of Staff

Lesbian Mom and Veteran Political Organizer to be Kamala Harris'

Karine Jean-Pierre, a veteran political organizer, commentator, and author, will be the chief of staff for newly announced VP candidate Kamala Harris. She’s also a lesbian mom—and her daughter was her inspiration to join the campaign.

Karine Jean-Pierre

Karine Jean-Pierre at BookExpo at the Javits Center in New York City, May 2019. Photo: Rhododendrites. Used under a (CC BY-SA 4.0) license.

Jean-Pierre, who served as Regional Political Director for the White House Office of Political Affairs in the Obama administration and as Deputy Battleground States Director for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, was more recently chief public affairs officer for MoveOn and an NBC and MSNBC Political Analyst. She had already been serving as a senior advisor to the Biden campaign, and will continue that role while also acting as chief of staff to Kamala Harris, NBC News reports. She is also on the faculty of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

In an interview with Hollywood Life at the end of July, she spoke about her reasons for being part of the Biden campaign, saying, “I felt like this is my job as a mom to step in. I thought about my six year-old and I thought about what kind of planet or world or country are we going to be leaving to her and her peers,” adding, “I’m a Black woman, I’m a gay woman and I’m an immigrant. And Donald Trump, he is someone who hates everything I am.”

Jean-Pierre was born in Martinique to Haitian parents but raised in New York City. In her 2019 book, Moving Forward: A Story of Hope, Hard Work, and the Promise of America, she writes about her unconventional path to political involvement and how and why others, no matter their backgrounds, need to step up and participate today.

Being a lesbian mom alone isn’t enough—but Jean-Pierre has the experience and insight to make many positive contributions to the campaign—and to our country. And having a Black lesbian mom as the closest advisor to the person who could be a heartbeat away from the presidency? That’s pretty cool. (Though admittedly not quite as cool as having a Black lesbian mom president. Maybe someday….)


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