More claims of impropriety against Ellen DeGeneres staffers

Harassment, misconduct and assault are just a few of the allegations made against top producers like Kevin Leman and Ed Galvin. Read the complete article for more information.

By  Bruno Wahrmann
  • Serious allegations have been made against head writer and executive producer Kevin Leman.
  • Ed Galvin, executive producer, also faces accusations of being "handsy" with women.
  • While Ellen herself wasn't accused directly, she's still held responsible and issued an apology.

A former employee said that during a company party in 2013, Leman asked him if he could give him a hand job in a bathroom. Another ex-employee said they separately saw Leman grab a production assistant’s penis. Leman is also known for his inappropriate comments. A former staff member said Leman's comments were masked sarcasm, but the thing is they're not sarcasm at all.

Leman denied all accusations and stated: "I started at the Ellen Show as a PA more than 17 years ago and have devoted my career to work my way to the position I now hold. While my job as head writer is to come up with jokes — and, during that process, we can occasionally push the envelope — I’m horrified that some of my attempts at humor may have caused offense," 

Executive producer Kevin Leman. Source: IMDB

BuzzFeed News spoke to 36 former employees, most of which asked to remain anonymous, but most of them corroborated Leman's misconduct.

Warner Bros Studios said they hope to verify the validity of those allegations. While not all of them were corroborated the studio said they "are disappointed that the primary findings of the investigation indicated some deficiencies related to the show’s day-to-day management".

Andy Lassner, Ed Galvin, Mary Connelly, Kevin Leman and Jonathan Norman at the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at Warner Bros. Studios, 2015 Source: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

Five former employees said Ed Glavin rubbed their shoulders and back and put his hands on their lower waist, making them feel uncomfortable. Apparently Galvin put women in awkward situations where they felt they had to succumb to his inappropriate touching because it was done as some kind of reward for "doing a good job".

“Even though I was being abused [at work] constantly, Ed putting his arm around you in the control room was like the nicest experience you had all day, as messed up as that sounds,” said a former employee. 

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