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“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” is currently under internal investigation by its parent company WarnerMedia after a number of “toxic work environment” allegations have gone public.

In a report from Buzzfeed News, one current and 10 former staff members claimed to be victims of bullying and racism.

Citing sources, Variety revealed that a memo was sent to the show’s staffers last week announcing that WarnerMedia’s employee relations group has teamed with a third-party organization to conduct the interviews.

Eric Schiffer, chairman of Reputation Management Consultants, weighed in on how the results of the investigations could have “deadly consequences for Ellen” and her brand.

“She could be perpetrating one of the biggest frauds in American celebrity history,” he suggested. “There are now serious investigators looking into the allegations and if the findings are as damning as what has been reported then you could watch the ‘Ellen Show’ go boom.”

Ellen DeGeneres (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Schiffer wasn’t surprised when news of an investigation broke because “there have been too many assertions that are credible,” he alleged, adding that “if the leadership team at WarnerMedia didn’t [act], they would feel the wrath of the public.”

The brand and PR expert also reacted to DeGeneres’ silence on the matter.

“I think Ellen has been arrogant in her entire approach in dealing with the allegations and it’s crazy for her not to accept responsibility for what is happening under her leadership,” he said. “In Hollywood, the buck stops at the star’s name on the door, not at the producer level. It would be impossible for her to not know what [was] happening within her own staff.”

Ellen DeGeneres on the set of ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show.’ The show is currently under internal investigation. (NBC)

Meanwhile, the allegations of a “toxic work environment” were addressed by the show’s executive producers Ed Glavin, Andy Lassner, and Mary Connelly in a statement to Buzzfeed at the time of the outlet’s report.

“We are truly heartbroken and sorry to learn that even one person in our production family has had a negative experience,” they said. “It’s not who we are and not who we strive to be, and not the mission Ellen has set for us.”

The statement explained that the “day to day responsibility of the… show is completely on” the producers.

Ellen DeGeneres (R) with guest Jennifer Garner (L). (NBC)

“We take all of this very seriously and we realize, as many in the world are learning, that we need to do better, are committed to do better, and we will do better,” they said.

Schiffer believes DeGeneres faces “a dangerous period in her career at a critical time in the American experience.” Any findings that reveal a toxic workplace “would be an apocalyptic ending to her TV career,” he added.

Author: Jessica Napoli

Source: Fox News: Ellen DeGeneres’ show’s investigation could result in ‘apocalyptic ending to her TV career,’ brand expert says

Universal Pictures has canceled the September 27 release of the controversial movieThe Hunt,” in the wake of significant backlash over the film that depicts privileged vacationers hunting “deplorables” for sport.

NBC’s Universal Pictures, which shares parent company Comcast with NBC News and MSNBC, told Fox News on Wednesday that the movie’s marketing campaign would be “temporarily paused” on the heels of the tragic mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, Dayton, Ohio, and Gilroy, California.

At that time, it had no plans to shelf the movie itself.

But in a statement released to Fox News on Saturday, a Universal Pictures spokesperson said: “While Universal Pictures had already paused the marketing campaign for The Hunt, after thoughtful consideration, the studio has decided to cancel our plans to release the film.

“We stand by our filmmakers and will continue to distribute films in partnership with bold and visionary creators, like those associated with this satirical social thriller, but we understand that now is not the right time to release this film.”

According to a source, “Universal insiders feel that doing the right thing was more important than releasing the movie because of the current climate.”

There are no official plans for the future of “The Hunt.” It could still be released at a later date or move to a streaming service.

The movie featured Betty Gilpin and Oscar-winner Hilary Swank, was written by Nick Cuse and Damon Lindelof and directed by Craig Zobel.

It was billed as a satirical take on wealthy liberal thrill-seekers taking a private jet to a five-star resort where they embark on a “deeply rewarding” expedition that involves hunting down and killing designated humans.

Those designated humans being “MAGA types” as described by The Hollywood Reporter. “Nothing better than going out to the Manor and slaughtering a dozen deplorables,” a character says, according to THR.

The term was originally coined by Hillary CIinton during the 2016 election as a derogatory reference to Trump supporters. The movie was reportedly going to be called, “Red State vs. Blue State,” at first.

Variety reported on Saturday morning that Swank said she wouldn’t discuss the film while at the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland. “No one’s seen the film. You can’t really have a conversation about it without understanding what it’s about,” she said.

On Friday, President Trump slammed Hollywood and presumably the movie.

“Hollywood, I don’t call them the elites. I think the elites are the people they go after in many cases. But Hollywood is really terrible,” he said.

“What they’re doing, with the kind of movie they’re putting out, it’s actually very dangerous for our country. What Hollywood is doing is a tremendous disservice to our country.”

Fox News’ Brian Flood contributed to this report.

Author: Jessica Napoli

Source: Fox News: ‘The Hunt’ canceled by Universal following significant backlash

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