Figueras has now called DeGeneres a “wonderful human being” in an Instagram post.
DeGeneres recently confirmed that an “internal investigation” is taking place at her popular daytime television show. She also addressed allegations about the show’s workplace culture in a note to staff.
Figueras shared a photo of himself alongside DeGeneres alongside a lengthy caption where he called her a “great human being."
The polo player wrote, “We are all so scared to say what we really think and it seems that we are only relevant if we say whatever the trending social media topic is.”
He went on to share, “I have been patiently waiting for someone with more authority than me to speak up about what a great human being @theellenshow is. I have been very lucky to be on that show many times and I can tell you that it is a very well run machine, everyone was super nice, not just to me but to each other and anyone involved.”
Figueras explained that everyone loves DeGeneres because she “makes the world a better place for millions of people everyday and we cannot hit her because something may have not been perfect.”
He even shared his personal experiences, writing, “I have seen Ellen act not just in her show but in public appearances in theaters where she is nice to absolutely everyone, the guy serving the coffee, the person in the elevator, the security guy and the owner of the venue.”
Figueras ended his post by writing, “I stand for you my friend and I challenge all the amazing people that know you and call you a friend to say who you are.” Continuing on to explain, “If I am going to be criticized for defending someone that I think deserves to be defended then so be it.”