Kevin Leman II is the head writer and executive producer of The Ellen DeGeneres Show who has recently been accused of sexual misconduct.
Buzzfeed News reported July 30 that three of the daytime talk show’s executive producers, including Leman, have been accused by former employees. The other two include Ed Glavin and Co-Executive Producer Jonathan Norman.
One victim told the outlet that Leman asked for oral sex while others claimed they witnessed him grope staffers and make sexually explicit comments, Buzzfeed said.
DeGeneres made a public apology hours before the story published after several former and one current employee criticized the show’s team of racism and toxic behavior, Buzzfeed added.
In a statement obtained by the outlet, WarnerMedia promised it would deliver on “several staffing changes, along with appropriate measures to address the issues that have been raised.”
Here’s what you need to know about Kevin Leman:
1. Leman Hails From Tuscon, Arizona
GettyAerial view of the Santa Catalina Mountains in the Coronado National Forest north of Tucson, Arizona on November 9, 2017.
According to IMDb, Leman is 48 years old and was born on February 8, 1978 in Tucson, Arizona.
He graduated from Ringling School of Art & Design and currently lives in Studio City, California with his husband, Chris Leman.
All of his social media accounts are currently private.
2. Leman Has Earned 19 Daytime Emmy Awards & a People’s Choice Award
GettyProducers Jonathan Norman, Andy Lassner, Kevin Leman, Ed Glavin and Mary Connelly pose with the award for Outstanding Talk Show Entertainment for “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in the press room during The 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 26, 2015 in Burbank, California.
Leman has worked for the Ellen show since its inception in 2003, IMDb states.
The website lists several of his recent recognitions as a Daytime Emmy 2020 Nominee for Outstanding Writing for a Special Class Series Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003); a Daytime Emmy 2019 Winner for Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003); and a Daytime Emmy 2019 Nominee
for Outstanding Special Class Short Format Daytime
Momsplaining with Kristen Bell (2018).
3. Leman Also Works as the Creator & Executive Producer of Little Ellen
GettyEllen DeGeneres speaks onstage during the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.
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