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Ellen DeGeneres’ guests told to shower praise on host during show appearance: ‘Tell her what a big fan you are’

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After 36 former employees of ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ accused the showrunners as well as the producers of the show of sexual misconduct, it was revealed in a separate report that the producers insisted guests fawn over the comedian on-air. A couple of guests who appeared on the show in the past and requested to remain anonymous told Page Six that while being prepped for their interview, producers allegedly told them to shower praises on the daytime talk show host. “Compliment Ellen, tell her what a big fan you are,” one of them said. Another source went through something similar during an appearance three years ago on the show. “These guests were already fans of Ellen, big fans, but to be told you have to flatter her was really weird. You shouldn’t have to be told … If you do look at past interviews, most of the guests always gush over Ellen — whether they’re members of the public or her close friends,” the insider said. 

The report comes after DeGeneres finally spoke out on Thursday, taking overall responsibility for the reports of toxic workplace allegations, hinting that she would soon be firing some people to right the wrongs on her show in an open apology letter to her staffers. “I’ve not been able to stay on top of everything and relied on others to do their jobs … Clearly some didn’t,” she wrote. “That will now change and I’m committed to ensuring this does not happen again.” She added that after nearly being left without a career when she came out as gay, “I truly … have deep compassion for those being looked at differently, or treated unfairly, not equal, or — worse — disregarded.”

Ellen DeGeneres attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Getty Images)

Warner Bros released a statement to BuzzFeed News on Thursday, July 30, saying, it “hoped to determine the validity and extent of publicly reported allegations and to understand the full breadth of the show’s day-to-day culture. It was important to both Warner Bros and Ellen that as many people as possible attached to the program could be heard. The Ellen DeGeneres Show is, and has always strived to be, a place that brings positivity to the world. And though not all of the allegations were corroborated, we are disappointed that the primary findings of the investigation indicated some deficiencies related to the show’s day-to-day management. We have identified several staffing changes, along with appropriate measures to address the issues that have been raised, and are taking the first steps to implement them.”

Following previous allegations of bullying and racism on the sets of the show, it was reported that the talk show had become the subject of an internal investigation by WarnerMedia. Executives from producer Telepictures and distributor Warner Bros. Television sent a memo to staffers last week saying they have engaged WBTV-owner WarnerMedia’s employee relations group and a third-party firm after the working conditions at the show were exposed.

Regarding the probe, the studio expressed its disappointment in a statement provided to Deadline, “Though not all of the allegations were corroborated, we are disappointed that the primary findings of the investigation indicated some deficiencies related to the show’s day-to-day management.”

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Carole Baskin Responds to Lawsuit From Don Lewis’ Family After Emotional ‘Dancing With the Stars’ (Exclusive)

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Ivar Undergoes Surgery, New Short Film Released With John Morrison And Dolph Ziggler, Nina Samuels

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– Above is a new vignette for WWE NXT UK Superstar Nina Samuels. The NXT UK relaunch episode is now available on the WWE Network. Women’s division action on today’s episode saw Valkyrie defeat Isla Dawn. Next week’s episode will feature NXT UK Women’s Champion Kay Lee Ray defending against Piper Niven.

– As noted, WWE RAW Superstar Ivar was scheduled to undergo neck surgery in Birmingham, Alabama earlier this week. The operation was successful, according to PWInsider. There is still no timetable for Ivar’s return to the ring, but word is that it is not expected to be a short recovery.

Ivar has been dealing with neck issues for some time now, but he suffered this latest injury on the suicide dive from last week’s eight-man match on RAW.

– “The Speed of Time” sci-fi short film was released today via the DUST channel on YouTube. The movie stars John Morrison and also features Dolph Ziggler. The 12-minute short can be seen below, along with related tweets.

The synopsis for the movie reads like this: “Johnny Killfire (John Hennigan) must go back in time and team up with his former self (Sean Marquette) to stop the TimeBorgs from getting their hands on an app that breaks the space-time continuum by delivering pizzas into the past…before they were even ordered.”

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Skai Jackson’s Mom Kiya Manages Her Daughter’s Career

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In a 2017 interview with Refinery29, Kiya opened up about the importance of keeping her teen daughter humble while working in this competitive industry.

“When it comes to fame, I basically told Skai not to take it too seriously. Yes, it’s her job, but for the most part, just to have fun with it, because you have to love what you do,” she told the outlet. “Also, I try to keep her as grounded as possible, which I’m pretty good at,” adding, “I try to keep her humble.”

Prior to managing her daughter’s successful career, Kiya was working at the post office in New York. After a few people complimented how “cute” her daughter was, she sent pictures to modeling agencies. “At the time, the only thing I could think of is, ‘Well, hopefully she can make enough money to go to college,'” she told Refinery29

Since starting her career, Skai went on to book her breakout gig in the Disney Channel series Jessie. She also wrote a memoir,  Reach for the Skai: How to Inspire, Empower, and Clapback.

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