Ellen DeGeneres Jokingly Tells Her Staff ‘Please Don’t Look Me in the Eye’ as She Returns to Show


“As you may have heard, this summer there were accusations of a toxic work environment at our show, and then there was an investigation,” Ellen DeGeneres said in her opening monologue

As Ellen DeGeneres discussed the recent controversy surrounding her show on the season 18 premiere, she made sure to infuse a few jokes while at it.

On Monday, DeGeneres returned to the set of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where she addressed allegations of workplace toxicity in a six-minute opening monologue and also poked fun at rumors and claims surrounding her behavior — including not wanting to be looked at or allowing staff to chew gum.

“So I’m excited to see, obviously tWitch. I’m excited to see all of my staff and my crew. Hi everybody,” said DeGeneres, 62, who also announced during the show that Stephen “tWitch” Boss had been promoted from show DJ to co-executive producer.

“Please don’t look me in the eye,” she quipped. “Oh, I’m kidding. But I will be passing out gum for everyone,” DeGeneres said with a laugh. “Kidding again.”

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