Add their two cents. Scooter Braun, Brad Garrett, James Woods and more celebrities weighed out Ellen DeGeneres amid allegations that her talk show promoted a toxic work environment.
BuzzFeed News reported in July that 10 former employees of The Ellen DeGeneres Show claimed to face racism, fear and intimidation behind the scenes of the Emmy-winning series.
“Those are nice bulls – that only happens when the cameras are on. It’s all for the show, ”an ex-employee told the outlet. “I know they give and help people, but it’s for the show.”
While the ex-employees agreed that the behavior was due to the executive producers and senior staff, they believe that Find Dory star, 62, should have intervened.
“If she wants to have her own show and have her name on the show title, she needs to be more involved to see what’s going on,” another former employee told BuzzFeed. “I think the executive producers surround her and say to her, ‘It’s going well, everyone is happy,’ and she just believes that, but it’s her responsibility to move on.”
DeGeneres addressed the charges and apologized in a lengthy letter to her staff on Thursday, July 30.
“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 voices and everyone would be treated with respect,” she wrote in a letter by Us weekly. “Clearly something has changed and I am disappointed that it has not been. And I’m sorry for that. Anyone who knows me knows this is the opposite of what I believe and what I hoped for our show. ”
Hours later, BuzzFeed News released a second report alleging sexual misconduct alleged by the show’s lead writer and executive producer Kevin Leman, executive producer Ed Glavin and co-executive producer Jonathan Norman. Leman and Norman, 42, have denied the allegations. Glavin has not yet addressed the claims publicly, however Variety reported that he plans to end his role on the show.
In May, DeGeneres also faced an attack of accusations that she has a reputation for being common to staffers and guests of the show off-camera.
A source said U.S then: “She thought these were just sour grapes from a few haters. But it doesn’t pass – the hits just keep on coming. ‘
Despite the backlash, the Daytime Emmy winner received some support. Braun, 39, sent DeGeneres encouraging words on Twitter on Friday, calling her a “friendly, thoughtful, brave person.”
Other stars like Garrett, 60, backed the claims against the Ellen’s Game of Games host said it is “generally known” that she treats people “horribly.”
Scroll down to see celebrity responses to DeGeneres’ claims.