Brad Garrett has called out Ellen DeGeneres over her alleged mistreatment of employees. Following reports from former staff members of The Ellen DeGeneres Show describing the workplace environment as “toxic,” the 62-year-old daytime talk show host issued an apology in a lengthy memo. While the show is undergoing an internal investigation by Warner Media, DeGeneres said she is “glad the issues at our show were brought to my attention” and that steps were being taken to “correct” them, People reported.
“Hey everybody – it’s Ellen. On day one of our show, I told everyone in our first meeting that The Ellen DeGeneres Show would be a place of happiness – no one would ever raise their voice, and everyone would be treated with respect. Obviously, something changed, and I am disappointed to learn that this has not been the case. And for that, I am sorry. Anyone who knows me knows it’s the opposite of what I believe and what I hoped for our show,” DeGeneres began.
While the comedienne grabbed headlines over her apology, Everybody Loves Raymond star Garrett, 60, alleged on Twitter that DeGeneres bears sole responsibility for the workplace culture on her show. “Sorry but it comes from the top @TheEllenShow,” he wrote, tagging her in the post. “Know more than one who were treated horribly by her. Common knowledge.”
Garrett appeared as a guest on DeGeneres’ talk show at least six times between 2004 and 2007. However, he did not detail any specific allegations against her.
DeGeneres, in her message to employees, claimed responsibility for the behavior of her production team and promised to improve the day-to-day environment.
“I could not have the success I’ve had without all of your contributions. My name is on the show and everything we do and I take responsibility for that,” she wrote. “Alongside Warner Bros, we immediately began an internal investigation and we are taking steps, together, to correct the issues. As we’ve grown exponentially, I’ve not been able to stay on top of everything and relied on others to do their jobs as they knew I’d want them done. Clearly some didn’t. That will now change and I’m committed to ensuring this does not happen again,” she wrote.
The veteran talk show host said some of her colleagues have been misrepresenting her.
“I’m also learning that people who work with me and for me are speaking on my behalf and misrepresenting who I am and that has to stop,” DeGeneres continued. “As someone who was judged and nearly lost everything for just being who I am, I truly understand and have deep compassion for those being looked at differently, or treated unfairly, not equal, or – worse – disregarded. To think that anyone of you felt that way is awful to me.”
She then went on to say she was “glad” the issues were brought to her attention and promised to do her “part” in resolving them.
“We all have to be more mindful about the way our words and actions affect others, and I’m glad the issues at our show were brought to my attention. I promise to do my part in continuing to push myself and everyone around me to learn and grow. It’s important to me and to Warner Bros. that everyone who has something to say can speak up and feels safe doing so,” the comedian added.
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When Pen15 was renewed for a second season, I was excited, but skeptical. The first season was so perfect and pure that it almost seemed like tempting fate to renew it. And, in my opinion, there was a big challenge ahead of its creators. The show had to give viewers something to care about once the novelty of 30-year-olds playing 13-year-olds wore off. The hilarity of that situation wasn’t going to last forever. I’m happy to report Pen15 season 2 did that (super successfully) by getting into the deep stuff, the serious stuff that is very real for anyone who’s ever been through middle school. Pen15 season 2 is at its best when it’s at its most sensitive.
The season starts off by giving both Maya and Anna something major to reckon with. Anna’s dealing with the fallout of her parents’ impending divorce, and trying to figure out how to make both of them happy while it’s happening. It probably hits a little too close to home for any now-adult who’s been through that. Maya, on the other hand, is working through some self-esteem issues brought on mostly by the boys in her class in the aftermath of the closet incident at the end of season 1. You know, she’s up against your run-of-the-mill middle school slut-shaming and rejection. Unfortunately, that’s pretty relatable, too. [There are light spoilers ahead, FYI.]
The show brings both of these issues to a climax in episode seven, in a ten minute span that is totally devastating and yet so beautifully done it brought me to tears. First, Maya experiences her first real dumping. Anna reacts by telling Maya that she shines even when she’s at her darkest, which sounds cheesy here but is really perfect in the moment. When Maya says, “I don’t care anymore,” and Anna responds with, “I do,” I felt that in my bones. That’s friendship, dammit. We’ve all been dumped! And we’ve all needed someone to tell us they give a shit about us afterwards! Sometimes, in a moment like that, you need someone to care about you more than you care about yourself. That scene made me think about about how lucky I was to have friends like Anna when I was that age, and even more so now, which is basically the point of this entire show.
A few minutes later, Anna apologizes to her mom for the way she’s been acting lately (which has been terrible). It’s also the first time Anna’s acknowledged that her dad is sometimes really, really mean to her mom. That moment hit me harder than I would have expected. Being caught between your parents is basically the worst, and watching them hurt each other is impossible to navigate sometimes—especially when you’re 13. Even if your parents are still together, you know how that feels. It tears you apart! Someone always loses in those situations, and you’re watching everyone in Anna’s family lose. It’s brutal, but it’s portrayed in a way that is so real.
That’s what I’m happy I got with Pen15 season 2. Sure, I laughed hysterically when Maya and Anna tried to join the wrestling team, or when they tracked water into the house at the pool party and infuriated their classmate’s mom, but the emotional moments are the ones that really made the season work for me. Those are just two examples of the many I could have chosen. Don’t get me started on the bathtub scenes between Maya and her mom, which were so beautiful I texted my own mother to tell her I loved her.
This show is predicated on the reality that being a middle schooler sucks. It’s not that the first season didn’t touch on that, but this one goes deeper, and it pays off in a big, big way.
Emma Baty Emma Baty is the Associate Entertainment Editor at Cosmopolitan who focuses on movies and TV.
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It’s that time of year again, when the television industry celebrates its best and brightest with the 2020 Emmy Awards.
This year’s ceremony will be radically different, of course — can you say “pandemic?” — but host Jimmy Kimmel and crew will soldier on with a telecast conducted remotely.
But that doesn’t mean there won’t be the nail-biting envelope-opening (how will that work?) and the crowning of winners in many major categories.
Here are my picks for who will be (virtually) rewarded with a prime time Emmys statuette Sunday at 8 p.m. EST, 5 p.m. PST on ABC.
“Better Call Saul”
“The Handmaid’s Tale”
Predicted Winner: “Ozark”
I feared it ran out of steam after two seasons, but Season 3 was riveting: gripping, edge-of-your-seat drama with a twisty season finale that took the series in a completely different direction.
“Curb Your Enthusiasm”
“Dead to Me”
“The Good Place”
“The Kominsky Method”
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
“What We Do in the Shadows”
Predicted Winner: “Schitt’s Creek”
“What We Do in the Shadows” should win here — I’ve been a fan of its off-kilter humor since Day 1 — but “Schitt’s Creek” was an industry darling in its final season and will walk away with a statuette.
Outstanding Limited Series
“Little Fires Everywhere”
Predicted Winner: “Watchmen”
It’s a shoo-in: The alt-history, socially conscious superhero series starring Regina King was an immediate critical and viewer hit — racking up a whopping 26 nominations and walking off with several Creative Arts Emmys (the ones you don’t see on TV).
Best Actor, Drama
Brian Cox, “Succession”
Jeremy Strong, “Succession”
Jason Bateman, “Ozark”
Billy Porter, “Pose”
Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”
Steve Carell, “The Morning Show”
Predicted Winner: Jason Bateman
This is a race between Brian Cox and Bateman. I’m going with the latter for his steady work as unflappable, devious, win-at-all-costs Marty Byrde.
Best Actress, Drama
Jodie Comer, “Killing Eve”
Jennifer Aniston, “The Morning Show”
Laura Linney, “Ozark”
Sandra Oh, “Killing Eve”
Olivia Colman, “The Crown”
Predicted Winner: Jennifer Aniston
Yeah, yeah, I know, she’s this year’s out-of-the-box pick — but Aniston can win her first Emmy in a surprisingly weak field vis-à-vis originality (that’s you, Olivia, Jodie and Sandra).
Best Actor, Comedy
Anthony Anderson, “Black-ish”
Don Cheadle, “Black Monday”
Ted Danson, “The Good Place”
Michael Douglas, “The Kominsky Method”
Eugene Levy, “Schitt’s Creek”
Ramy Youssef, “Ramy”
Predicted Winner: Eugene Levy
I’m going to jump on the “Schitt’s Creek” bandwagon and go with this true pro, who was terrific through the entire run of the series. He deserves to be recognized for his years of solid (and very funny) work.
Best Actress, Comedy
Tracee Ellis Ross, “Black-ish”
Christina Applegate, “Dead to Me”
Linda Cardellini, “Dead to Me”
Issa Rae, “Insecure”
Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Catherine O’Hara, “Schitt’s Creek”
Predicted Winner: Issa Rae
She’s struck a chord among younger viewers by wrapping her perspectives on friendship, dating and life in general into one funny, poignant package.
Best Supporting Actor, Comedy
Mahershala Ali, “Ramy”
Alan Arkin, “The Kominsky Method”
Andre Braugher, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”
Sterling K. Brown, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
William Jackson Harper, “The Good Place”
Dan Levy, “Schitt’s Creek”
Tony Shalhoub, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Kenan Thompson, “Saturday Night Live”
Predicted Winner: Dan Levy
He’ll ride the “Schitt’s Creek” popularity train to victory. That being said, he was very funny as savagely snarky David Rose, who was, by the series finale, humanized by his down-to-earth husband Patrick (Noah Reid).
Best Supporting Actress, Comedy
Betty Gilpin, “GLOW”
D’Arcy Carden, “The Good Place”
Yvonne Orji, “Insecure”
Alex Borstein, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Marin Hinkle, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live”
Annie Murphy, “Schitt’s Creek”
Cecily Strong, “Saturday Night Live”
Predicted Winner: Annie Murphy
Boop! Her dim-bulb, fish-out-of-water Alexis Rose transformed over the course of the series into, well, a brighter bulb with surprising depth — while keeping us laughing with her cartoonish turns of phrase and mannerisms.
Best Supporting Actor, Drama
Nicholas Braun, “Succession”
Giancarlo Esposito, “Better Call Saul”
Bradley Whitford, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Kieran Culkin, “Succession”
Mark Duplass, “The Morning Show”
Matthew Macfadyen, “Succession”
Jeffrey Wright, “Westworld”
Predicted Winner: Giancarlo Esposito
This one’s a tough call, since nominees in the same category (Braun, Culkin and Macfadyen) traditionally cancel each other out. I’m going with Esposito who was, as always, terrific as Gus Fring — a man whose neutral demeanor, as we know all-too-well, masks an evil core. (Esposito is also one of the industry’s nice guys.)
Best Supporting Actress, Drama
Laura Dern, “Big Little Lies”
Meryl Streep, “Big Little Lies”
Helena Bonham Carter, “The Crown”
Fiona Shaw, “Killing Eve”
Samira Wiley, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Julia Garner, “Ozark”
Sarah Snook, “Succession”
Thandie Newton, “Westworld”
Predicted Winner: Sarah Snook
It’s her first nomination — and it’s time this fine actress was recognized for her work as Siobhan “Shiv” Roy in “Succession,” which has everyone talking. I found Streep’s performance extremely grating (the bad prosthetic teeth didn’t help) and she’ll cancel out Dern in a series that did not need a second season. (Samira Wiley barely registered in “The Handmaid’s Tale.”)
Best Actor, Limited Series or TV Movie
Jeremy Irons, “Watchmen”
Hugh Jackman, “Bad Education”
Paul Mescal, “Normal People”
Mark Ruffalo, “I Know This Much Is True”
Jeremy Pope, “Hollywood”
Predicted Winner: Mark Ruffalo
Playing identical twins is never easy, even with state of the art film technology — but Ruffalo made it look easy and etched two extremely different portraits of brothers Dominick and Thomas Birdsey in a compelling, bravura performance. This one’s a no-brainer.
Best Actress, Limited Series or TV Movie
Cate Blanchett, “Mrs. America”
Shira Haas, “Unorthodox”
Regina King, “Watchmen”
Kerry Washington, “Little Fires Everywhere”
Octavia Spencer, “Self Made”
Predicted Winner: Regina King
Shira Haas will get some votes — “Unorthodox” was good, not great — but expect King to walk away with this one, for all the reasons I noted in picking the series to win for Outstanding Limited Series.
Best TV Movie
“Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings: These Old Bones”
“El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie”
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend”
Predicted Winner: “American Son”
This category makes me feel like Bill Murray in those old “SNL” sketches where he picked Oscar winners: “No one cares.” “El Camino” was overrated and unnecessary, while “American Son” (starring Kerry Washington and Steven Pasquale) was socially conscious and timely — important to Academy voters.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s legacy as a trailblazing legal mind inspired so many people, including Meghan Markle. The Duchess of Sussex, who took a step back from royal life earlier in 2020, expressed her admiration for the late Supreme Court Justice with a heartfelt statement. Meghan Markle’s statement on Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death honored the judge as an inspiration and called upon fellow admirers to keep her spirit alive through their actions.
On Friday, Sept. 18, the Supreme Court announced the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, having died to complications from metastatic cancer of the pancreas. The feminist icon was 87 years old, having served on the Supreme Court for nearly thirty years up to the point of her death. Following the news, countless celebrities and political figures posted tributes to Ginsburg. Markle added her voice to the chorus on Saturday, Sept. 19. In a statement to People, Markle emphasized how much Ginsburg had meant to her throughout her life.
With an incomparable and indelible legacy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg will forever be known as a woman of brilliance, a Justice of courage, and a human of deep conviction. She has been a true inspiration to me since I was a girl. Honor her, remember her, act for her.
Markle’s statement reflected on how Ginsburg’s legacy had inspired since her youth, and ended with a call to action for people to continue to be inspired by her through in the future.
Although Markle herself never actually studied law, she did develop a connection to the field through her most prominent acting role. From 2011 to 2018, Markle starred on seven season of the USA legal drama Suits as paralegal-turned-attorney Rachel Zane. Much like Ginsburg, Markle soon became the center of political and cultural fascination. She married Prince Harry in 2018, and after a couple years in England, she and her husband made the unexpected decision to step away from royal life and move to the United States. Now, the couple is focused on philanthropic work and have signed an overall deal with Netflix.
In recent months, Markle has begun to speak out more openly on political matters, and it sounds like she will continue to speak up on important issues to honor Ginsburg’s legacy.