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DeGeneres apologizes to staff amid inquiry

Ellen DeGeneres apologized to the staff of her daytime TV talk show amid an internal company investigation of complaints of a difficult and unfair workplace.

"On day one of our show, I told everyone in our first meeting that 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' would be a place of happiness — no one would ever raise their voice, and everyone would be treated with respect," DeGeneres wrote. Something changed, she said, "and for that, I am sorry."

In a separate statement, the Warner Bros. studio said the investigation's "primary findings" revealed what it called some flaws in the show's daily management.

DeGeneres' memo and the probe by the studio's parent company followed a BuzzFeed News report in which one current and 10 former show employees complained about issues including being fired after taking medical or bereavement leave. One worker said she left because of comments about her race.

Most of the complaints were tied to executive producers and senior managers, BuzzFeed News said, but one ex-employee said DeGeneres need to take more responsibility for the work environment. The people making the allegations were not identified.

Cranston recovers from COVID-19, donates plasma

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Actor Bryan Cranston said he contracted and recovered from COVID-19 and has donated his plasma because it contains antibodies.

The actor best known for playing Walter White on AMC's "Breaking Bad" made the announcement in a video posted to Instagram on Thursday.

Cranston, 64, did not say exactly when he got infected with the new coronavirus, but indicated that it was "quite early on" in the pandemic. He had mild symptoms including a slight headache, tightness in his chest and loss of taste and smell, according to the post.

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"I was pretty strict in adhering to the protocols and still... I contracted the virus," he wrote.

Cranston recorded himself inside UCLA Blood & Platelet Center in Los Angeles making the plasma donation. He said the process took about an hour, during which he watched "A Face in the Crowd" starring Andy Griffith and Patricia Neal.

Cranston urged his followers to wear a mask, wash their hands and practice social distancing.

Kanye West won't appear on Mass. ballot

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Rapper Kanye West won't appear on the Massachusetts presidential ballot this fall, according to the office of Secretary of State William Galvin.

The deadline to submit the 5,000 signatures needed to get on the ballot was Tuesday, and no one representing West even took out nomination papers, Galvin spokeswoman Debra O'Malley said.

The nomination papers are required to include the candidate's name, the name of a vice presidential candidate and 11 Massachusetts electors.

West, who once backed Republican President Donald Trump, announced earlier this month that he had broken with Trump and would launch his own presidential bid.

His wife, Kim Kardashian West, asked the public on social media last week to show compassion and empathy toward her husband because he is bipolar.

Today's birthdays: Singer Tony Bennett is 94. Actor Martin Sheen is 80. Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart is 79. Actor John C. McGinley ("Scrubs") is 61. Actor Isaiah Washington ("Grey's Anatomy," "Soul Food") is 57. Violinist Jimmy De Martini of Zac Brown Band is 44. Bassist Brent Kutzle of OneRepublic is 35. Rapper D.R.A.M. is 32.

— The Associated Press


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