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    15 TV Shows With Toxic Sets That Were Called Out By The Cast And Crew

    "Many of us were, to varying degrees, manipulated psychologically and emotionally. More than one of us is still in treatment for post-traumatic stress. Many of us were put in uncomfortable positions and had to swiftly learn to fight back."

    A few days ago, The Kelly Clarkson Show was called out for allegedly cultivating a toxic work environment. One current and 10 former employees anonymously reported to Rolling Stone instances of favoritism, bullying, harassment, and low pay, with one former staffer saying it was “by far the worst experience I’ve ever had in my entire life.”

    An episode of "The Kelly Clarkson Show" with Julianne Hough

    Clarkson, apparently unaware of the treatment staff were receiving, responded to the reports on an Instagram post saying, "I love my team at 'The Kelly Clarkson Show,' and to find out that anyone is feeling unheard and/or disrespected on this show is unacceptable."

    But this isn't the first time sets have been called out for having an awful workplace culture. Here are a few others that were exposed by cast and crew members for being incredibly toxic:

    1. America's Next Top Model

    Tyra Banks as a judge on America's Next Top Model

    In 2020, Tyra Banks addressed the ANTM criticism in a tweet saying, “Been seeing the posts about the insensitivity of some past ANTM moments, and I agree with you. Looking back, those were some really off choices. Appreciate your honest feedback and am sending so much love and virtual hugs.”

    Tyra Banks at an event

    2. The Ellen DeGeneres Show

    Ellen DeGeneres interviewing Taylor Swift on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show"

    Ellen responded to the massive backlash, stating that she had no idea what was going on behind the scenes of her show and that the criticism surrounding her was fueled by misogyny.

    Ellen DeGeneres at the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards

    3. One Tree Hill

    A scene from "One Tree Hill"

    After an investigation, Mark Schwahn was subsequently fired from The Royals, his show at the time. Cast and crew of that show also accused Schwan of inappropriate behavior.

    Mark Schwahn attends "The Royals" New York Series Premiere in 2015

    4. The O.C.

    A scene from "The O.C."

    Bilson admitted to being "pretty confused" by Barton's claims, adding that she would "like to talk to her and find out what her experience was from her perspective because I saw things a little differently.”

    Rachel Bilson and Mischa Barton during the 2006 Golden Globes After Party

    5. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    A scene from "Buffy The Vampire Slayer"

    In a 2022 Vulture profile, Whedon denied most of the charges against him, but admitted to having affairs on the set of Buffy. He told interviewers he felt "fucking terrible about them" but quickly followed up by saying he felt like he "had to" have the affairs as he was "surrounded by beautiful women."

    Joss Whedon at an event

    6. iCarly

    A scene from "iCarly"

    7. Zoey 101

    A scene from "Zoey 101"

    Nickelodeon parted ways with Schneider in 2018, but in a 2021 interview, he broke his 3-year silence, expressing his desire to return and denying the allegations made against him.

    Dan Schneider at an event

    8. Grey's Anatomy

    A scene from "Grey's Anatomy"

    Pompeo later mentioned in her interview, however, that she and Shonda Rhimes "turned the culture around" on the show.

    Ellen Pompeo and Shonda Rhimes attend the GLSEN Respect Awards

    9. Dr. Phil

    Host of Dr. Phil, Phil McGraw

    Attorneys for executive producer Carla Pennington and McGraw denied the allegations, adding that, “Dr. McGraw categorically denies racist conduct, and CBS does not tolerate racist conduct."

    Talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw visits SiriusXM Studios

    10. The Idol

    A scene from "The Idol"

    In a tweet, Tesfaye shared a clip of his character mocking Rolling Stone, calling the publication "irrelevant." He later shared with Vanity Fair that he “thought the article was ridiculous. I wanted to give a ridiculous response to it.”

    The Weeknd attends 20th Century Studio's "Avatar 2: The Way of Water" U.S. Premiere

    11. Late Night with David Letterman

    A 1989 clip from "Late Night With David Letterman"

    Letterman's admission in 2009 received a laugh from his audience and a shrug from other media stars. At the time, he apologized to his staff and wife, but Vice points out that the scandal still feels "unresolved."

    David Letterman attends the Netflix #FYSEE "My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman"

    12. The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, and Arrow

    A scene from "The Flash"

    Kreisberg denied the allegations, telling Variety, “I have made comments on women’s appearances and clothes in my capacity as an executive producer, but they were not sexualized. Like many people, I have given someone a non-sexual hug or kiss on the cheek.”

    Andrew Kreisberg attends the Paley Center For Media's 34th Annual PaleyFest

    13. Boy Meets World

    A scene from "Boy Meets World"

    On top of all that, Trina McGee, who played Angela, tweeted about the racism she experienced on set, saying she was referred to as "aunt Jemima" by her costar Friedle (who has since apologized).

    @realtrinamcgee / Via Twitter: @realtrinamcgee

    14. Community

    A scene from "Community"

    After three and a half seasons, Chase was written out of the show and given a rather sudden and comedic death. When asked about his previous behavior, he replied with, “I am who I am.”

    Chevy Chase as a hologram in "Community"

    15. Criminal Minds

    A scene from "Criminal Minds"

    In 2022, ABC Signature paid $3 million to settle the sexual harassment lawsuit brought forth against the show.

    A scene from "Criminal Minds"