Ellen DeGeneres gives employees millions in bonuses at the end of the show

DeGeneres by name, generous by nature.

Ellen, 64, is handing out “millions of dollars” in bonuses to her employees, The Post can exclusively reveal.

The final episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” is scheduled to air May 26, with a source telling the Post on Wednesday that “Ellen and [production company] Warner Bros. worked together to ensure each person was taken care of.”

The exact seven-figure sum that will be paid out to employees hasn’t been disclosed, but the source explained, “It wasn’t even a question of Ellen paying bonuses… That was very important to her.”

The insider added that the host has been “incredibly generous” to staff since the show began in 2003.

Employees were gifted by generous DeGeneres back in September.  Program staff are pictured in 2014.
Employees were gifted by generous DeGeneres back in September. Program staff are pictured in 2014.
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It comes after allegations of a “toxic” culture on the set of the hugely popular programme. Those claims surfaced back in 2020, prompting DeGeneres to apologize on-air for not being aware of the alleged issues plaguing her production.

According to Deadline, however, a “significant proportion” of their employees are “oldtimers”. Around 30 percent of the trade fair employees have been working there for over a decade.

Meanwhile, DeGeneres seems to have wasted her staff over the course of her final season. Back in September, a source told The Post, she “gave gifts to everyone, including trips, watches, cars.”

DeGeneres has hosted her hugely popular talk show since 2003.  The show ends in May.
DeGeneres has hosted her hugely popular talk show since 2003. The show ends in May.
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Deadline also reports that employees have received letters confirming Warner Bros. plans to extend health coverage six months after the program ends.

Employees have also been given access to resume and networking workshops, according to the publication.

Meanwhile, DeGeneres is recruiting a long list of A-list friends to appear on the program for the last time.

Michelle Obama will return to the show before it closes at the end of May.  She is pictured in a previous appearance in 2012.
Michelle Obama will return to the show before it closes at the end of May. She is pictured in a previous appearance in 2012.
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In the next two months, former First Lady Michelle Obama will return to the show, as will Channing Tatum, Serena Williams, Zac Efron and Adam Levine.

Diane Keaton, Kim Kardashian and Portia de Rossi, DeGeneres’ wife, are also scheduled to appear.

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