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Jimmy Fallon, Ellen DeGeneres, and Kelly Clarkson: TV hosts who faced ‘toxic workplace’ allegations

TV shows being pulled up for having a ‘toxic workplace and atmosphere’ has become a rising trend in the industry. Now, Jimmy Fallon joins the list after Kelly Clarkson and Ellen DeGeneres who faced allegations for similar issues surrounding work culture

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Toxic Work Environment in American TV shows comes to light with Jimmy Fallon’s show facing allegatio
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“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” has come to light again but for negative reasons this time. According to a Rolling Stone report, the current and former employees of the show are claiming the NBC production has a “toxic workplace”. The employees have raised issues of the host’s “erratic behavior” that left the staffers in constant fear.
The show has a high-pressure television landscape, according to two current and 14 former employees. The employees even pointed out that they were "belittled and intimidated" by their bosses, including Fallon himself. They recalled the "pretty glum atmosphere" left staffers worried about Fallon's "outbursts" and "unexpected, inconsistent" behavior.
While Fallon and his representatives refused to comment on the matter, an NBC spokesperson defended the program without mentioning Fallon in their statement.
"We are incredibly proud of The Tonight Show, and providing a respectful working environment is a top priority,” said the spokesperson. "As in any workplace, we have had employees raise issues; those have been investigated and action has been taken where appropriate. As is always the case, we encourage employees who feel they have experienced or observed behavior inconsistent with our policies to report their concerns so that we may address them accordingly."
However, this is not the first case of a TV host facing allegations of ‘toxic workplace’. Similar to Jimmy Fallon’s case, a Rolling Stone report claimed that “The Kelly Clarson Show” producers “overworked” and “underpaid” crew members. Employees also alleged that working on the show was traumatizing to their mental health.
It was later clarified in a report that it wasn't Clarkson who engaged in the toxic workplace behavior, but rather the series' executive producer Alex Duda.
Responding to the claims, Clarkson took to social media to respond to the accusations and assured that she will continue to be committed to creating and maintaining a safe and healthy environment at “The Kelly Clarkson Show”
Earlier to this, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” was also accused of having a ‘toxic work environment’.
According to a Buzzfeed report, 36 former employees faced incidents of sexual misconduct, harassment and assault. The outlet reported that allegations included sexual misconduct between executives and lower-level employees, including requests for sex.
As the news came out, DeGeneres addressed it by writing a memo to the staff ensuring to “correct” the issues raised about behind-the-scenes sexual harassment and racist behavior at her daytime show.
However, the trend of toxic workplaces doesn’t seem to see an end in TV production houses. Surely, there is a lot of work to ensure a truly inclusive and respectful workplace in American TV shows. 
 

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