According to VICE, for years, media types and Hollywood insiders have whispered about how Ellen DeGeneres isn't exactly the paragon of kindness she seems to be, and how working on her show is actually a nightmare, despite its bubbly, innocent facade.
Now those rumors have finally come out into the open in the form of serious allegations. Last month, BuzzFeed News published a pair of stories that detail the allegedly toxic environment on set at Ellen, along with allegations of sexual misconduct by three of the show's producers.
Aside from a lackluster apology in which DeGeneres refused to take full responsibility for what happened behind the scenes on her show, she's remained silent. But that likely won't last long. According to public relations experts who spoke with VICE, she's almost certainly plotting her comeback, and the odds are high that she's hired a crisis PR specialist to help her make it.
There's a playbook for situations like this, and a handful of PR professionals who know every move it contains. HeraldPR President Juda Engelmayer-who's done crisis work for Paula Deen, Luann de Lesseps, and Harvey Weinstein-and Infinite Global founder Jamie Diaferia, whose firm specializes in crisis PR for corporations, told VICE about how DeGeneres might be using it.
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