The core stage crew at The Ellen DeGeneres Show is “furious” with how the show’s shutdown during the coronavirus pandemic has been handled, according to Variety.
Insiders says that the crew, which consists of more than 30 employees, “received no written communication about the status of their working hours, pay, or inquiries about their mental and physical health from producers for over a month.”
The staff members were even more angry when they found out that an outside, non-union company was hired to help film remote episodes from Ellen‘s home.
Even though Ellen‘s show is still airing new episodes, the crew has now been told to get ready for a 60% reduction in pay. Warner Bros. Television confirmed to Variety that the staff would still be paid, though at the reduced rate.
“Our executive producers and Telepictures are committed to taking care of our staff and crew and have made decisions first and foremost with them in mind,” the studio said in a statement.
In regards to the new crew working on the show at Ellen‘s home, the spokesperson said, “Due to social distancing requirements, technical changes in the way the show is produced had to be made to comply with city ordinances and public health protocols.”
When Ellen returned to the air for new episodes on April 7, she told the audience that she was filming at home for “my staff and crew. I love them, I miss them, the best thing I can do to support them is to keep the show on the air.”