Celebrities are speaking out about their firsthand experiences with Ellen DeGeneres – Insider – INSIDER

  • Celebrities are taking sides on the controversy surrounding Ellen DeGeneres and her talk show, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”
  • Current and former staffers have accused the comedian of mistreating people and fostering a toxic work environment.
  • The actor Brad Garrett is among celebrities who have shared negative sentiments about DeGeneres in the midst of the criticism.
  • Others, including Scooter Braun and Portia de Rossi, have stood up for her and defended her character.
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Ellen DeGeneres has faced a backlash throughout 2020.

Following current and former staffers’ claims that the talk-show host has mistreated employees and fostered a toxic work environment at “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” celebrities are taking the floor to share their own stories about the comedian.

Some stars, such as Brad Garrett and Lea Thompson, expressed their negative sentiments toward DeGeneres.

Others, including Scooter Braun and Portia de Rossi, have stood by the comedian and spoken highly about her character.

Here’s what celebrities are saying about DeGeneres.

Brad Garrett said DeGeneres’ mistreatment of others was ‘common knowledge’

The “Everybody Loves Raymond” actor Garrett called out the comedian via Twitter on Friday.

Garrett, who has appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” multiple times, reshared Variety’s article about the comedian’s letter apologizing to staffers who felt disrespected.

In the letter, DeGeneres said she hadn’t been able to closely manage the show as it grew in recent years.

“Sorry but it comes from the top ⁦@TheEllenShow,” Garrett wrote.

The actor continued to say he knew “more than one” person who was “treated horribly” by DeGeneres, adding that her behavior was “common knowledge.”

Lea Thompson echoed Garrett’s claims

The “Back to the Future” actress Thompson seconded Garrett’s message that DeGeneres’ mistreatment of others was “common knowledge.”

On Friday, Thompson replied to People’s report about his comment and wrote: “True story. It is.”

The actress didn’t provide further details on her personal experience with the talk-show host, however.

Music manager Scooter Braun called DeGeneres a ‘kind, thoughtful, courageous human being’

Braun, who manages artists like Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande, defended the comedian in a series of tweets Friday.

“People love to take shots at people,” he wrote. “They love to see people fall. How quickly so many forget.”

Braun continued to describe DeGeneres as a “kind, thoughtful, courageous human being who stands for what is right and highlights on her show the best of us,” adding that she’d used her platform to “change the views for equality.”

“Needed to say this as I know first hand how she helps so many when we are watching and when we are not,” he wrote. “She isn’t about what is popular she is about what is right. Sending love to Ellen today.”

Portia de Rossi, DeGeneres’ wife, shared a message in support of the comedian

The model Portia de Rossi spoke out in support of DeGeneres in an Instagram post on Monday.

De Rossi, who married the comedian in 2008, shared a picture that said “I Stand By Ellen” on it along with the show’s mantra, “Be Kind To One Another,” in the corner.

She captioned the post: “To all our fans….we see you. Thank you for your support.”

The celebrities Kris Jenner, Nacho Figueras, and Brandi Carlile were among those who liked and commented on de Rossi’s post.

Argentine polo player Nacho Figueras said DeGeneres ‘makes the world a better place’

In an Instagram post he shared Monday, Figueras opened up about his friendship with DeGeneres and called on others with platforms to defend the talk-show host.

After saying he’d waited for “someone with more authority” to speak up about DeGeneres’ character, Figueras reflected on his own appearances on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and called it a “very well run machine.”

“Everyone was super nice, not just to me but to each other and anyone involved,” he wrote.

Figueras went on to say he’d seen DeGeneres treat people kindly both on and off of her show.

“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 said.

He added: “Everyone loves her because that is who she is. She makes the world a better place for millions of people everyday.”

The athlete then challenged some of DeGeneres’ friends — like Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Lopez, Michelle Obama, Pink, Sean Hayes, Lady Gaga, Oprah, Katy Perry, and Justin Timberlake — to share their experiences with the comedian.

“The world has become a very dangerous place because it seems that we cannot make anything right,” he wrote. “If I am going to be criticized for defending someone that I think deserves to be defended then so be it.”

Katy Perry drew attention to the talk-show host’s ‘light & continual fight for equality’

Perry shared a positive message about DeGeneres in a series of tweets on Tuesday.

Prefacing her message by saying she’s speaking from her own firsthand experience with the comedian, the pop star said she wanted to acknowledge she’s “only ever had positive takeaways” from both DeGeneres and her show.

“I think we all have witnessed the light & continual fight for equality that she has brought to the world through her platform for decades,” she wrote. “Sending you love & a hug, friend.”

Samantha Ronson said DeGeneres had consistently been ‘respectful and kind’ to her

The British DJ Samantha Ronson spoke about her interactions with the talk-show host.

“Unpopular opinion: I’ve worked for @TheEllenShow as a dj, for her parties, for years and she has ALWAYS been respectful and kind to me,” she wrote in a tweet Monday.

When a Twitter user pointed out that she was a “celebrity guest” on the show rather than a staffer, Ronson responded: “I wasn’t a celebrity guest. I was an employee. Very different. Trust me.”

Someone else wrote that DeGeneres was kind only to people with a “certain stature,” like Ronson, and the DJ said she “knew this was coming.”

“You’d be surprised by how many people are super rude when you become someone they are writing a cheque to,” she wrote. “It’s super disappointing.”

Diane Keaton said DeGeneres ‘gives back to so many’

The “Something’s Gotta Give” actress Diane Keaton posted an Instagram photo Tuesday of herself and the talk-show host filming an episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”


Kevin Hart said the talk-show host was ‘one of the dopest people on the f—ing planet’

The comedian Kevin Hart shared a photo from one of his visits to “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” via Instagram on Tuesday.

“It’s crazy to see my friend go thru what she’s going thru publicly. I have known Ellen for years and I can honestly say that she’s one of the dopest people on the f—ing planet. She has treated my family and my team with love and respect from day 1,” he captioned the photo.

Hart — who stepped down from hosting the 2019 Oscars following a backlash over his past homophobic tweets — then criticized the public for “falling in love” with people’s downfalls.

“It’s honestly sad…When did we get here?” he added. “I stand by the ones that I know and that I love. Looking forward to the future where we get back to loving one another….this hate s— has to stop. Hopefully it goes out of style soon.”

The comedian said his message wasn’t meant to “disregard the feelings of others and their experiences” but rather to “show what my experiences have been with my friend.”

Ashton Kutcher claimed that DeGeneres ‘never pandered to celebrity’

In a tweet the actor shared on Tuesday, he said that the talk show host treated everyone — both celebrities and nonfamous individuals — with the same “respect & kindness.”

“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,” he wrote. 

People replied to Kutcher’s tweet to explain that mainly staffers, not celebrities, are coming forward about a toxic work environment and sexual misconduct at “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

One person tweeted that the celebrities coming forward to defend DeGeneres are “invalidating” what current and former employees “experienced on a regular basis.”

“I understand,” Kutcher responded. 

Another individual said that he doesn’t have a full perspective on the issue since he’s a famous actor. 

He replied, “But it extends to my team and people she didn’t even know I work with.”

Jerry O’Connell reposted the same photo as de Rossi

The “Stand By Me” actor shared a blue square that read, “I Stand With Ellen” on Instagram on Tuesday.

O’Connell tagged both de Rossi and DeGeneres in the post and wrote: “Love Ellen and Portia. Always have. Always will.”

The actor told Entertainment Tonight that his longtime friendship with the couple drove him to share his support for DeGeneres.

“I’ve known Ellen and Portia for almost three decades now and I saw that Portia… Instagrammed out, ‘All of our friends, we need your support right now.’ And I felt compelled to repost it,” he told the outlet, adding, “I just wanted Ellen and Portia to know that I love them very much.”

While many of the celebrities defending the comedian have faced backlash, O’Connell said that he’s not letting the public affect his relationships. 

“I’m not gonna let Instagram comments and Twitter comments tell me who can and can’t be my friends,” he said.

O’Connell explained that he does “believe all victims” and “all stories” from former and current staffers, admitting that “something has to change in that work environment.”

“But I do love Portia and Ellen. I do. And it’s gonna take a lot to change my love for them,” he said. 


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