WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Portia de Rossi showed her support for wife Ellen DeGeneres following allegations of her talk show’s toxic workplace culture.
- De Rossi seemingly claimed that the allegations came from “bots” and were unfounded.
- Several celebrities shared their stories of “Ellen being mean” while others came to her support.
Portia de Rossi has declared her support for wife Ellen DeGeneres after multiple Hollywood sources outed the talk show host for her alleged bad behavior.
De Rossi shared a quote that said “I Stand By Ellen” in the host’s signature show colors. She wrote, “To all our fans….we see you. Thank you for your support.”
She also added the hashtags #bekindtooneanother and #stopbotattacks, claiming that the allegations came from “bots” and were unfounded.
De Rossi, 47, has been married to DeGeneres, 62, since 2008.
Reports of DeGeneres’ alleged rude behavior have been shared by DeGeneres’ own staff and other celebrities since May.
Comedian Kevin Porter mocked the host for being “notoriously one of the meanest people alive” while telling her audience to “be kind to one another” in a tweet back in March.
He then invited everyone to share “the most insane stories you’ve heard about Ellen being mean” and said he would match each one with a $2 donation to the L.A. Regional Food Bank.
TV writer Ben Simeon responded, “A new staff member was told, ‘Every day she picks someone different to really hate. It’s not your fault, just suck it up for the day and she’ll be mean to someone else the next day.’ They didn’t believe it, but it ended up being entirely true.”
“Everybody Loves Raymond” star Brad Garrett added, “Know more than one who were treated horribly by her. Common knowledge.”
Meanwhile, controversial talent manager Scooter Braun showed his support for DeGeneres, describing her as “a kind, thoughtful, courageous human being who stands for what is right and highlights on her show the best of us… Needed to say this as I know first hand how she helps so many when we are watching and when we are not.”
The allegations of a toxic workplace culture prompted WarnerMedia to launch an investigation into “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” through a third-party firm in July.
Later that month, DeGeneres addressed the allegations in a memo to her staff that read, “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.”
“Obviously, something changed, and I am disappointed to learn that this has not been the case. And for that, I am sorry. Anyone who knows me knows it’s the opposite of what I believe and what I hoped for our show,” she continued.
Rumors have since circulated that DeGeneres will be leaving the show after 17 years on the air.
Her executive producers have insisted, however, that the host does not intend to quit.
Source: Page Six