Ellen DeGeneres admits she 'drank her weight in wine' after 'toxic' workplace and mean behavior claims

ELLEN DeGeneres confessed that she "drank her weight in wine" after a summer filled with "toxic" workplace and mean behavior claims.

During her monologue on the second episode of her latest season, the host touched on what the last couple of months were like for her.

She explained: "We have been stuck at home for months and months. All we did was puzzles and drink our weight in wine."

The admission came just one day after the comedian, 62, addressed the claims in the season premiere of her talk show after serious allegations made by former and current employees.

Ellen said: "If you're watching because you love me, thank you. If you're watching because you don't love me, welcome. As you may have heard, this summer there were allegations of a toxic work environment at our show and then there was an investigation."

She continued: "I learned that things happened here that never should have happened. I take very seriously and I want to say I am so sorry to the people who were affected.

"I know that I'm in a position of privilege and power and I realize that with that comes responsibility. And I take responsibility for what happens at my show."

Ellen wrapped it up and said: "Being known as the be-kind lady is a tricky position to be in […] The truth is I am that person that you see on TV, I am also a lot of other things. Sometimes I get sad. I get mad. I get anxious. I get frustrated. I get impatient. And I am working on all of that.

"I am a work in progress and I am especially working on that impatience thing…"

Warner Bros. is currently investigating the "toxic" workplace allegations that accused the program of tolerating inappropriate behavior like sexual harassment, racism and bullying.

The fallout led to many changes on staff, including the firing of executive producers Ed Glavin and Kevin Leman and co-executive producer Jonathan Norman.

Stephen Boss – better known as DJ tWitch – was also promoted to co-executive producer to replace Jonathan.

While Ellen has been heavily criticized by fans and called out by some celebrities, she has had some support as Tiffany Haddish appeared on her program and stood in her corner.

The standup comic and actress told Ellen: "You’re the best, and I love you and I support you 110%.

“And I didn’t like how people are accusing you of all these things or whatever… you can’t always know what’s going on at the workplace and what not.

“What you need to do is what I do… because I’m kind too. But I’m kind… of crazy. You need to be kind of crazy."

Fans noticed how "sad" Ellen looked during this exchange as one fan person commented, "Ellen looked so sad during this interview as if she wanted to breakdown and cry. Looks like everything hit her hard.”

Another added: "Ellen looks a bit awkward & about to cry due to all these hard times."

Other famous faces like Chrissy Teigen, Alec Baldwin, and Katy Perry's fiancé, Orlando Bloom, are also scheduled to appear during the first batch of episodes.

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