Ellen’s Former DJ Confirms The Show Had a Toxic Work Environment
Amidst Ellen DeGeneres’s drama, her former DJ Tony Okungbowa, who once helmed the booth on The Ellen DeGeneres Show for years, is speaking out.
This week, he shared a post on Instagram revealing he “did experience and feel the toxicity of the environment” while working on the series.
The actor, who currently stars on the CBS sitcom Bob Hearts Abishola, appeared as the DJ from 2003 to 2013.
“Hey Guys, I hope you are all keeping safe out there during these trying times,” he wrote. “I have been getting calls asking me about the Ellen Degeneres Show and I would like to address the time I spent there. I was on air talent from 2003-2006 and from 2007 -2013. While I am grateful for the opportunity it afforded me, I did experience and feel the toxicity of the environment and I stand with my former colleagues in their quest to create a healthier and more inclusive workplace as the show moves forward.”
Of course, last month BuzzFeed News published a report where former employees alleged a “toxic work environment” behind the scenes of the daytime show.
Some of the claims included being penalized for taking medical leave, instances of racial micro-aggressions and fear of retribution for raising complaints.
Thank you for sharing your truth, Tony.