Presenter Ellen DeGeneres
personally responded on
Monday in the first episode of the new season of
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
to rumors surrounding an alleged toxic work atmosphere that would hang on the set of her talk show.
According to her, the necessary changes have been made.
"We are starting a new chapter today."
“As you may have heard, there were allegations of a toxic work environment on our show this summer.
And then there was an investigation.
I've learned that things have happened here that should never have happened, ”DeGeneres begins her speech.
She continues: "I take that very seriously and I would like to say that I am very sorry to the people who have been affected." She says she is "aware that I am in a position of privilege and power" and that there responsibilities come with it. "I take responsibility for what happens on my show."
The presenter says that in recent weeks she has had many conversations about the show, the work environment and the expectations for the future.
“We've made the necessary changes and today we're starting a new chapter,” she says.
I'm known as the 'Be nice lady'
DeGeneres has also commented on "press and social media reports" on her talk show that she would not be the same person in real life as posing on television.
According to her, it was because she publicly called for "being kinder to each other" after a man named Tyler Clementi robbed his own life for being bullied for being gay.
“I thought the world needed more kindness and it was a reminder that we all needed that - and I think we need it now more than ever. Being known as the 'Be nice' lady is a tricky one position to sit in. The truth is I'm that person you see on TV. "