Celebrities are making their loyalties known amid the recent allegations against Ellen DeGeneres and her self-titled talk show.
The television host has recently found herself at the centre of controversy following claims from employees that she created a toxic work environment of “racism, fear and intimidation” at The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Further allegations were made stating that “the office is a place where sexual harassment and misconduct by top executive producers runs rampant”.
Last week, DeGeneres issued an apology to her staff in which she acknowledged an alleged "toxic" work environment and promised that she is "committed to ensuring this does not happen again". The show is now undergoing an internal investigation into its workplace environment by WarnerMedia.
A number of celebrities have voiced their support for DeGeneres amid the controversy.
Katy Perry, a frequent guest on the programme, tweeted, “I know I can’t speak for anyone else’s experience besides my own but I want to acknowledge that I have only ever had positive takeaways from my time with Ellen & on the @theellenshow.”
Oscar-winner Diane Keaton similarly showed her support by sharing a photo of herself and DeGeneres to her Instagram account, accompanied by a caption which read: “I ALWAYS ENJOYED MY VISITS TO THE ELLEN SHOW. I’VE SEEN HOW THE AUDIENCE EXUDES HAPPINESS AND GRATITUDE. SHE GIVES BACK TO SO MANY INCLUDING ME.”
Comedian Kevin Hart followed suit, writing: “It’s crazy to see my friend go through what she’s going through publicly. I’ve known Ellen for years and I can honestly say that she’s one of the dopest people on the f****** planet. She has treated my family and my team with love and respect from day one.”
The sentiment was shared by actor Ashton Kutcher who praised DeGeneres for having “never pandered to celebrity which I always saw as a refreshing honesty”. Kutcher added, “When things aren’t right she handles it and fixes.”
Alec Baldwin and his wife Hilaria Baldwin also publicly voiced their support, tweeting: "In the entertainment business, sometimes people can go too far in pursuit of a creative or commercial goal. Or people who work for you may do so. Having stated that, @TheEllenShow has always been kind to me. So... there’s that."
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Fellow television host Jay Leno commented, “I don’t discard a 40-year friendship on hearsay.”
DeGeneres’s wife and actor, Portia de Rossi, took to Instagram with a series of hashtags including “#stopbotattacks," "#IStandWithEllenDeGeneres," "#IStandByEllen," "#IstandByEllenDeGeneres" and "#bekindtooneanother”.
Other celebrities, however, have supported the allegations with their own claims of mistreatment or encountering rudeness on set. Dutch beauty vlogger Nikkie de Jager spoke negatively of her appearance on The Ellen Show, calling DeGeneres “cold and distant”. Jager said she was shocked that the host did not greet her before taping and also revealed that she was not offered a private toilet because it was “reserved for the Jonas Brothers”.
Everybody Loves Raymond star Brad Garrett rebuked DeGeneres’ apology, saying that a toxic work culture “comes from the top”. The actor also claimed to know “more than one who were treated horribly” and that the allegations are, in fact, “common knowledge”.
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