Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and her long-running show are the subject of recent controversy, as employees have made claims about a toxic work environment - leading to an internal review of the show’s workplace culture and an apology from the comedian.
The controversy follows a viral Twitter thread about DeGeneres’ alleged poor behaviour and an internal statement by the host, released by Variety, in which she said “people who work with me and for me are speaking on my behalf and misrepresenting who I am” - adding that it had to “stop.”
Celebrities have since weighed in on the situation, with some like her wife Portia de Rossi and Katy Perry defending her as others such as Lea Thompson and Brad Garrett sharing their own criticisms. Others, like comedian Eric Andre, have even pitched themselves as her replacement after rumours that James Corden would be stepping in for her circulated.
For more on who’s spoken about the unfolding situation, read on.
Stars supporting Ellen DeGeneres
Portia de Rossi
Actor Portia de Rossi, who is also married to DeGeneres, posted a square saying that she stands by Ellen and thanked their supporters. She also hashtagged the post #stopbotattacks.
1/2 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. I think we all have witnessed the light & continual fight for equality that she has brought— KATY PERRY (@katyperry)August 4, 2020
Singer Katy Perry has appeared on Ellen’s show numerous times and she spoke out on behalf of the talk show host, saying she “only ever had positive takeaways.”
1/2 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. I think we all have witnessed the light & continual fight for equality that she has brought 2/2 to the world through her platform for decades. Sending you love & a hug, friend @TheEllenShow ♥️
Kevin Hart revealed he has a long friendship with DeGeneres, who he called “one of the dopest people on the f**king planet.” He defended her and also called out ‘cancel culture’, writing: “The internet has become a crazy world of negativity....we are falling in love with people’s downfall.”
I haven’t spoken with @TheEllenShow and can only speak from my own experience. She & her team have only treated me & my team w/ respect & kindness. She never pandered to celebrity which I always saw as a refreshing honesty. When things aren’t right she handles it and fixes.— ashton kutcher (@aplusk)August 5, 2020
The That 70s Show actor weighed in on the situation, saying that he and his team had been treated with “respect & kindness” by her.
Keaton shared a picture of herself with DeGeneres on the show, writing in full caps: “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.”
Polo player and close friend to Prince Harry Nacho Figueras weighed in on the situation, writing a post staunchly in defence of the show host before posting a follow up in which he praised her for “publicly [addressing] the matter and [is] working towards finding out what happened and fixing the problem.”
Braun, who manages high profile celebrities including Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and Demi Lovato, called DeGeneres “kind, thoughtful, courageous” and said he was “sending love out to her.”
Stars in the middle ground
Just wanna say that I have both worked behind the scenes of tv shows and been the celebrity guest on them and the two experiences are very different. Having a good time being a guest does not necessarily have anything to do with the experiences of the employees.— Rachel Bloom (@Racheldoesstuff)August 4, 2020
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend showrunner and actor Rachel Bloom spoke from personal experience, having worked on programmes behind the scenes such as Saturday Night Live and Robot Chicken. Saying that she was “not saying this to put anyone on blast and that she wasn’t saying that “anywhere I’ve worked or guested on has been bad” - she said they were “two profoundly different experiences.”
She tweeted, “Just wanna say that I have both worked behind the scenes of tv shows and been the celebrity guest on them and the two experiences are very different. Having a good time being a guest does not necessarily have anything to do with the experiences of the employees.”
Yvette Nicole Brown
Ellen DeGeneres Sends Emotional Apology to Staff – Variety https://t.co/kEY09fcYhR— yvette nicole brown (@YNB)July 30, 2020
The Community star shared a Variety article about DeGeneres’ apology.
I don’t give a F about who replaces Ellen, I only care about Biden replacing Trump.— Busy Philipps (@BusyPhilipps)August 3, 2020
Phillips, who used to have her own talk show, said she doesn’t “give a F about who replaces Ellen” - recentering the conversation on the 2020 US election.
Comedian Eric Andre launched a petition to “Make Eric Ellen.” Andre formerly hosted his own surreal, edgy talk show which is in every way the direct opposite of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. He photoshopped Ellen’s hair onto his own face and her set into the background.
Stars criticising Ellen DeGeneres
— Brad Garrett (@RealBradGarrett)July 31, 2020
Everybody Loves Raymond star Brad Garrett didn’t hold back on Twitter, as he shared a Variety article about the talk show’s current controversy. Saying the show’s alleged toxicity behind the scenes “comes from the top”, he added he knew “more than one who were treated horribly by her.”
True story. It is.— Lea Thompson (@LeaKThompson)July 31, 2020
Thompson responded to an article about DeGeneres’ behaviour, writing, “True story. It is.”