Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres
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When Ellen DeGeneres sat down with Jimmy Kimmel during a recent episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, it seems the late night comedian forgot to address the topic on everyone’s lips.

During Tuesday night’s show, DeGeneres and Kimmel discussed “weed drinks,” charity work, and Ellen’s wife Portia, but there was no mention of DeGeneres’ toxic work environment allegations that broke last summer.

DeGeneres was invited on Kimmel’s show to discuss her new HBO Max series, Ellen’s Next Great Designer, a competition series about furniture design that feels tone deaf in light of the countless stories detailing harassment and abuse. To be honest, the entire interview felt like a charade, overly saturated in false niceties.

For those that need a reminder, former staffers on the Ellen DeGeneres Show accused multiple executive producers of engaging in sexual harassment and misconduct with low-level employees, as reported by BuzzFeed.

After the report came out, DeGeneres apologized to her staff and addressed the allegations on her show.

“I know that I’m in a position of privilege and power and … I take responsibility for what happens at my show,” she told her audience.

Rather than seize the opportunity to get an unrehearsed response from DeGeneres on the allegations, Kimmel easily let her off the hook. It’s yet another reminder that so long as you’re a powerful figure in Hollywood, accountability is nonexistent.

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