Ellen DeGenerescelebrity friends stick to her motto, “Be kind to one another. ‘
Although the TV presenter, 62, and her executive producers have been accused of creating a toxic behind-the-scenes work environment The Ellen DeGeneres Show, her ‘good friends, like Jennifer Aniston, Justin Timberlake and Mario Lopez, are on her side, ”reveals a source exclusively in the new issue of Us weekly.
“They know Ellen can be tough, but accept hers and know it takes a lot of work to drive a sleek ship like her show,” the insider said. “They get it.”
Rumors of DeGeneres’ behavior have circulated in Hollywood in the past, but she last came under fire in July after BuzzFeed News released two reports detailing accusations of racism, fear, harassment and sexual misconduct in the office. The rumors brought Warner Bros. to launch an investigation into the Emmy award-winning series.
“Ellen is nice to guests and fans, but she sets extremely high standards with her staff and employees,” said the source U.S.
On the heels of the reports, the comedian tried to limit the damage. She emailed a staff letter on Thursday, July 30, apologizing for the fact that the show was not the “place of happiness” she had intended to create when it premiered in 2003. Four days later, DeGeneres’ wife, Portia de Rossi, publicly supported her via Instagram by sharing an ‘I Stand By Ellen’ meme.
And while stars included Katy Perry and Scooter Braun also have the Find Dory star, brand management expert Eric Schiffer isn’t convinced she can make a comeback.
“If you put yourself on it, own it. Be that person, ”says Schiffer U.S. “But don’t show America one side and then be something else.”
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