//Ellen DeGeneres crew left in the dead of night about pay for a month amid the coronavirus shutdown: report

Ellen DeGeneres crew left in the dead of night about pay for a month amid the coronavirus shutdown: report

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Crew members from Ellen DeGeneres’ daytime discuss present have been reportedly left with few solutions about their pay and employment amid the coronavirus shutdown, because the host started doing exhibits from her dwelling with out them.

After the present halted manufacturing in March as a result of considerations over COVID-19, Ellen returned on April 6, now filming from the consolation of her dwelling, which she joked was more like a prison beneath quarantine.

In accordance with a brand new report from Variety, the greater than 30 staff who make up the stage crew for “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” weren’t given any formal communication in regards to the standing of the present, their working hours or pay for greater than a month after common manufacturing was shut down. In accordance with two unnamed sources, those that have been in a position to get by means of to higher-ups by way of telephone weren’t given any concrete solutions as to what was taking place.


Representatives for Warner Bros. TV, which distributes the present, didn’t instantly reply to Fox Information’ request for remark.

Ellen DeGeneres reportedly upset her crew when she started filming from home without them.

Ellen DeGeneres reportedly upset her crew when she began filming from dwelling with out them.
(Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Nevertheless, talking to Selection, a spokesperson for Warner Bros. TV defined that whereas communication might have been higher, caring for forged and crew members on its productions is a prime precedence.

“Our executive producers and Telepictures are committed to taking care of our staff and crew and have made decisions first and foremost with them in mind,” the spokesperson stated.

Selection notes that the present usually tapes 4 days per week. The final episode filmed was on March 9 and the crew was reportedly paid in full for the week of March 16. The week of March 23 was a pre-planned spring break hiatus.

“When returning from break, the crew was paid the week of March 30th despite having no firm plans for production to resume,” the spokesperson stated. Nevertheless, the outlet studies that pay was diminished to eight hours per work day from 10.


After two weeks of listening to nearly nothing about pay, crew members for “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” have been reportedly lastly advised by executives final week to brace for a discount in pay of two eight-hour days per week.

As if the 2 weeks of uncertainty wasn’t sufficient, it quickly got here to mild {that a} non-union, third-party firm, Key Code Media, was employed to assist produce the present from the comic’s dwelling whereas her ordinary crew was left to sit down idle with diminished pay and unanswered questions on their job safety.

Staff on Ellen DeGeneres' show were reportedly left in the dark about their pay for a month amid the coronavirus shutdown.

Employees on Ellen DeGeneres’ present have been reportedly left in the dead of night about their pay for a month amid the coronavirus shutdown.
(Randy Holmes/Walt Disney Tv by way of Getty Pictures)

The nervousness of her employees is in direct distinction to what DeGeneres stated upon returning to air after halting manufacturing for these weeks.

“I wanted to start doing my new show as soon as possible because it’s really for people who are stuck at home. Especially my staff and crew, I love them, I miss them and the best thing I can do to support them is to keep the show on the air, so here we are,” DeGeneres said in the course of the opening monologue of the primary present hosted from her dwelling.


Nevertheless, because of the diminished pay, Warner Bros. TV famous that nobody misplaced their job on account of Key Code Media being employed.