Portia de Rossi, wife of Ellen DeGeneres, has come to the defense of the host, who faces multiple accusations of mistreatment from current and former employees of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
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Throughout the lockdown, the host was criticized in the media for the way she and her producers allegedly treated the staff. She recently apologized for allowing such a toxic culture to exist on the set. On Monday, actress Portia de Rossi stood up for his wife, posting a photo on Instagram with the message “I support Ellen” written on it. She added, “To all of our fans… we see you. Thank you for your support.”
The post comes days after WarnerMedia bosses launched an internal investigation following a BuzzFeed News article in which 10 former Ellen DeGeneres employees and a current staff member claimed to have been victims of racism and abuse. ‘intimidation during their passage behind the scenes of the talk show.
“On the first day of our show, I told everyone at our first meeting that The Ellen DeGeneres Show would be a place of happiness, no one would ever raise their voice and everyone would be treated with respect,” wrote Ellen DeGeneres in her letter of apology. Obviously, something has changed, and I’m disappointed to learn that it hasn’t. And for that, I’m sorry. Anyone who knows me knows this is the opposite of what I believe and hoped for on our show. “
She added that her position as host did not allow her to “stay on top” of the day-to-day running of the show. “I relied on others to do their jobs because they knew I wanted them to do it,” she added.