High-profile celebrities are going public with their positive and negative experiences with Ellen DeGeneres, Forbes reports. This is happening after current and former employees at “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” shared allegations of a toxic work environment and mistreatment, which has prompted DeGeneres to apologize to staff, Warner Media to launch an ongoing internal investigation, and people to speculate that DeGeneres could be replaced on her own talk show.
Music manager Scooter Braun tweeted his support of DeGeneres, calling her “a kind, thoughtful, courageous human being who stands for what is right,” adding, “she has helped change the views for equality” — his clients have been on the show multiple times, including Justin Bieber who made his major television debut on the show in 2009.
Actor Brad Garrett retweeted a Variety article with DeGeneres’ reported apology letter to staff, saying “it comes from the top,” claiming that he knows more than one person who was “treated horribly by her” and that her behavior is “common knowledge.”
Actress Lea Thompson replied to a tweet about Garrett’s assertion that the mistreatment is “common knowledge,” tweeting, “True story.”
In an Instagram post, Argentinian polo player Ignacio “Nacho” Figuera called DeGeneres a “great human being” and shared his positive experiences with her at events and as a guest on the show before calling on other celebrities to share their support.
British DJ Samantha Ronson tweeted her experience working for DeGeneres as a DJ on the show and at parties and said she has always been kind and respectful to her.
DeGeneres’ wife, actress Portia de Rossi, thanked fans for their support in an Instagram post, sharing an image that said “I Stand By Ellen” and the show’s mantra “Be Kind To One Another.”
After actor Jerry O’Connell was criticized for stating his support for DeGeneres on Twitter and Instagram while an investigation is underway, he told Entertainment Tonight, “I believe all victims” and “obviously something has to change in that work environment," but he still loves DeGeneres and de Rossi.
Singer Katy Perry tweeted she has "only ever had positive takeaways" from the show and her time with DeGeneres, adding, “I think we all have witnessed the light & continual fight for equality that she has brought.”
Actress Diane Keaton posted a photo on Instagram of the two of them filming “The Ellen Show” and, in an all caps caption, said she has “seen how the audience exudes happiness and gratitude,” adding, “she gives back to so many including me.”
In an Instagram post, comedian Kevin Hart said “she has treated my family and my team with love and respect from day 1,” adding his thoughts on “cancel culture” and a plea for positivity — he stepped down from hosting the 2019 Oscars following criticism for his past homophobic tweets.
Actor Ashton Kutcher shared his experiences on “The Ellen Show” on Twitter, saying DeGeneres and her team always treated Kutcher and his team with “respect and kindness,” and when someone said it is because he is a celebrity, he wrote back, "but it extends to my team and people she didn't even know I work with."
DeGeneres apologized to staff last Thursday and stated that Warner Bros. parent company WarnerMedia and a third-party firm launched an internal investigation into the working conditions at “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” following allegations of racism and intimidation on set which surfaced in a BuzzFeed report on July 16. The employees did not directly implicate DeGeneres, and the show’s executive producers said in a statement the allegations are “not who we are and not who we strive to be, and not the mission Ellen has set for us,” adding, "for the record, the day to day responsibility of the Ellen show is completely on us.” On Thursday night, hours after she apologized, dozens of former employees accused multiple executive producers of sexual misconduct, harassment and assault in another Buzzfeed News report. Warner Bros. didn’t comment on the sexual misconduct allegations, citing the current investigation, but said in an earlier statement Thursday that the primary findings indicated some “deficiencies related to the show’s day-to-day management” resulting in staffing changes and other “appropriate measures” to address the issues.
“My name is on the show and everything we do and I take responsibility for that,” DeGeneres said in the internal memo obtained by Variety. “As we’ve grown exponentially, I’ve not been able to stay on top of everything and relied on others to do their jobs as they knew I’d want them done. Clearly some didn’t. That will now change and I’m committed to ensuring this does not happen again.”