Ellen DeGeneres Says 'Toxic Workplace' Claims Aren't What Ended Her Show

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Ellen DeGeneres announced this week that her talk show would be ending after its upcoming 19th season and now says her decision had nothing to do with previous claims that the environment on set was toxic.

In an interview with Today on Thursday, DeGeneres told host Savannah Guthrie: "If it was why I was quitting, I would have not come back this year."

The 63-year-old emphasized to Guthrie this week that she had "no idea" there were issues behind the scenes until BuzzFeed's reporting.

Since the controversy last summer, DeGeneres' show has had weakened ratings which also prompted many to suggest that was why she decided to go off the air. However, DeGeneres insisted to Guthrie that "everything in television is down."

"I really did think about not coming back, because it was devastating. It started with attacks on me and attacking everything that I stand for and believe in and built my career around ... I am a kind person. I am a person who likes to make people happy," she emphasized.

DeGeneres' show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, was embroiled in controversy last year when a BuzzFeed report interviewing 36 former employees alleged that the set was a toxic workplace, rife with sexual misconduct and inappropriate behavior. In the wake of that report, Warner Bros. said parent company WarnerMedia launched an investigation that revealed “some flaws in the show’s daily management."

"I don't know how I could have known when there's 225 employees here and there are a lot of different buildings," she said. "Unless I actually stayed here until that last person goes home at night. It's my name on the show, so clearly it affects me, and I have to be the one to stand up and say this can't be tolerated."

"It's got nothing to do with why I'm leaving. If I was having fun, I would do this show with nobody watching. So it's got nothing to do with that," she shared.

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