Ellen DeGeneres made her return to her talk show Monday with an apology after a summer marked by workplace misconduct allegations and an investigation.
DeGeneres started season 18 of the show by addressing a virtual studio audience about the allegations.
"I learned that things happened here that never should have happened. I take that very seriously and I want to say I am so sorry to the people who were affected. ... We have made the necessary changes and today we are starting a new chapter."
DeGeneres faced a number of complaints this summer over workplace misconduct, including allegations of a toxic work environment from former and current employees. Following an internal investigation, three senior producers were fired from the show.