Ellen DeGeneres' Former DJ Reveals The Truth About The Show
Aug 07 2020
Things aren't looking good for daytime talk show host Ellen DeGeneres. The Emmy Award-winning comedian has faced significant backlash after numerous guests of her show and employees have come forward with personal stories of negative encounters with DeGeneres. Even her former bodyguard shared that DeGeneres isn't what she seems, which is disappointing to fans since she's built her brand on a platform of kindness.
The crew who work on The Ellen DeGeneres Show first spoke up about unfair treatment amid the coronavirus pandemic in April 2020. A few months later in July 2020, Buzzfeed News interviewed DeGeneres' current and former employees, who shed light on what several deemed a, quote, "toxic work environment." In response to allegations, WarnerMedia is conducting a workplace investigation, according to Variety.
Despite DeGeneres' attempt at damage control through an apology, information continues to come to light, confirming the "toxicity" of the daytime talk show. Case in point?
Ellen DeGeneres' former DJ, Tony Okungbowa (a.k.a DJ Tony), who worked on The Ellen DeGeneres Show for years, came forward on Instagram in August 2020 to detail his personal experience. He wrote,
"I have been getting calls asking me about the Ellen Degeneres Show and I would like to address the time I spent there. I was on air talent from 2003-2006 and from 2007-2013. While I am grateful for the opportunity it afforded me, I did experience and feel the toxicity of the environment and I stand with my former colleagues in their quest to create a healthier and more inclusive workplace as the show moves forward."
The comments were full of praise and gratitude for Okungbowa's honesty. One person wrote:
"Thank you for speaking up!"
While another commented:
"You are such a shining soul and I applaud your honesty and strength."
While DeGeneres is definitely dealing with some negative press at the moment, Page Six notes that several celebrities have come forward in defense of DeGeneres, including Katy Perry, Kevin Hart, and of course, DeGeneres' wife, Portia De Rossi.
Longtime viewers of The Ellen DeGeneres Show will know that following Tony Okungbowa's exit, Stephen "tWitch" Boss stepped up to act as the host's DJ. When it comes to his relationship with DeGeneres, she once admitted:
"Twitch, you want to know my favorite thing that we've added? It's you."
While she's obviously fond of him, is the feeling mutual? Boss certainly had positive things to say about DeGeneres when he told Medium in 2017:
"Here's the truth: she's Ellen DeGeneres and she could have any mindset she wanted to. She could be like, 'Nope, I don't agree with that, this is what I'm going to say about it, and I can be mean about it.' But she is like, 'Nope, with the platform I have, kindness is definitely going to be the best answer.'"
That being said, in light of the 2020 backlash, as of this video, the DJ hasn't spoken out about the recent allegations.
Granted, DeGeneres is still Boss' boss, so maybe he doesn't feel comfortable talking publicly about his experiences when it could mean he ends up being fired, that is, if he has something less-than-flattering to say. However, even if he does leave the show, Okungbowa is proof that your career can continue after Ellen.
Okungbowa has done a lot more than just appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and the fact that he's established himself as an actor may be why he feels comfortable enough to talk about the problematic issues that he allegedly witnessed.
Okungbowa has appeared in smaller roles on shows like The X-Files, NYPD Blue, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and many more. If you're a fan of soap operas, then you might have seen him pop up on The Bold and the Beautiful for a single episode in 2001 before returning for five additional episodes in 2010.
As of this video, Okungbowa is appearing as Kofo on the CBS sitcom Bob Hearts Abishola. While it seems obvious that he won't be returning to work with DeGeneres any time soon, at least he has new gigs to keep him busy. Watch the video to learn how Ellen DeGeneres' Former DJ Reveals The Truth About The Show!