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Ellen DeGeneres Gives Half-Assed, Non-Apology on Season Premier

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One thing journalists often have to decide is whether to use the active or passive voice in describing an incident. The headlines “Unarmed Black Man Executed by Police” and “One Dead After Police-Involved Shooting” could describe the same incident, but the use of the passive voice allows the person using it to avoid assigning responsibility to guilty parties.

Here’s what Ellen DeGeneres said about the accusations that she’s a gigantic bitch who made life miserable for everyone around her on the season premiere of her talk show, via Page Six:

Sarcastically calling her summer “great,” DeGeneres apologized to anyone who had been negatively affected while working on her staff.
“As you may have heard, this summer there were allegations of a toxic work environment at our show and then there was an investigation. I learned that things happened here that never should have happened. I take that very seriously and I want to say I am so sorry to the people that were affected. I know that I am in a position of privilege and power and with that comes responsibility and I take responsibility for what happens at my show,” DeGeneres said.
She added that she is now “taking responsibility for what happens at my show.”

Lady, you did pint learn s**t, you did s**t. Look at how she frames it: “things happened here that never should have happened.” That is not someone taking responsibility, that is someone using passive voice to specifically avoid responsibility. “Gee, I guess you had to chew gum before speaking to me and were reprimanded for looking me in the eye. I don’t know how that happened but I take full responsibility. And you, I recently discovered someone tried to get you fired for having chipped nail polish? Geez, what a Karen, right?”

This is an unrepentant person hoping her behavior can be swept under the rug. It’s not an apology and it’s not taking responsibility for anything, it’s just throwing some producers under the rug. You should have listened to your wife and retired, Ellen.

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PunkA
PunkA
1 month ago

The investigation was a sham as well. It was about her staff, but did not focus on her, so she was sheltered from it from the jump. And she still won’t own her own crap. She is a terrible person. I hope people just stop watching. She needs to go away like Rosie O’Donnell did, then we’ll see what a mess she is. Just like Rosie.

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