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‘Nobody is going off the air’: ‘Ellen’ producer speaks out amid workplace investigation

‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ has been under investigation following employee allegations of a toxic work environment

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Ellen DeGeneres accepts the award for favorite daytime TV host for “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” during the People’s Choice Awards on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012 in Los Angeles.

Ellen DeGeneres accepts the award for favorite daytime TV host for “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” during the People’s Choice Awards on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012 in Los Angeles.

Chris Pizzello, Associated Press

An executive producer for “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” has denied new rumors that the show will be canceled, following allegations from employees of a toxic work environment on set, according to Fox News.

Andy Lassner, who is one of three executive producers on the “Ellen” show, responded to a Twitter user who suggested that the show might soon go off the air, Fox reported.

“Nobody is going off the air,” Lassner replied.

The show is currently under investigation after a report earlier this month from BuzzFeed News, in which former and current employees spoke out about experiencing racism and intimidation while on set, according to HuffPost.

So far, dozens of employees have been interviewed as part of the investigation, and Warner Bros. said in a statement last week that it was “disappointed that the primary findings of the investigation indicated some deficiencies related to the show’s day-to-day management,” according to People magazine.

DeGeneres issued a letter of apology to the show’s staff on Thursday, the Deseret Newspreviously reported.

“On day one of our show, I told everyone in our first meeting that ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ would be a place of happiness — no one would ever raise their voice, and everyone would be treated with respect,” DeGeneres wrote. “Obviously, something changed, and I am disappointed to learn that this has not been the case.”

This is not the first time the “Ellen” show has faced rumors that it would be canceled recently. In July, show representatives were forced to speak out to deny rumors that the show would be canceled due to falling ratings, which were originally reported by The Sun.