Hollywood Stars Who Spoke Out Against Ellen DeGeneres
You may have read or seen stories somewhere talking about Ellen DeGeneres. The famous TV host has been receiving backlashed after people started speaking out of her ill-treatment towards them. The story has quickly turned into one of the most controversial sagas of 2020, and a lot of celebrities have since started speaking out. Some of them have been voicing their support for DeGeneres, while others used their platform to speak out against her.
Brad Garrett was one of the celebrities that have spoken out against Ellen Degeneres. After Ellen released a letter of apology to her employees, Garrett quickly called her. He went on social media and said, "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."
After Garrett shared his opinion on the matter, Lea Thompson backed up his claims. The actress who's best known for her role back to the future didn't detail her own experiences; she only commented, "True story, it is" in reference to Garrett's claim that Ellen's behavior was common knowledge.
On the other side of the divide were celebrities who spoke out in support of Ellen DeGeneres. One of those was comedian Kevin Hart. He posted a photo of one of his many visits to the show on Instagram, along with a very defiant caption where he defended Ellen DeGeneres.
Recently Jay Leno joined the conversation and said that he wouldn't "discard a 40-year friendship on hearsay". The Tonight Show's former host took to Twitter and wrote, "I don't discard a 40-year friendship on hearsay. The Ellen I know has raised over $125 million for charity and has always been a decent person. I fully support her."
Octavia Spencer is a frequent guest on the Ellen Degeneres Show; she wrote a statement in support of the talk show host on Instagram. It read," Sending love and support to Ellen and all of the employees of her show, everyone from the show including ELLEN was supportive and fun" and said she's "praying" for the people involved.
It's safe to say that musician Phoebe Bridgers isn't a big fan of Ellen. The singer used her creativity to voice her opinion on the allegations against the talk-show host. She wrote "Ellen degenerate" on Twitter and left it at that. It's unclear if she was speaking based on her personal experiences or if she was just voicing her support for the victims.
The radio personality used his platform to give his brand of advice to Ellen DeGeneres. He said that if he were in the same position as the talk-show host, he would "change his whole image" and become a meaner and more vulgar person. Stern has appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres show before, but he didn't speak about his own experiences.
Speaking about his own experiences on the show, Kutcher claimed that Ellen treated everyone with the same "respect and kindness" regardless of their status. "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 a celebrity, which I always saw as refreshing honesty. When things aren't right, she handles it and fixes," he wrote. After his post, the former two and a half man co-star received backlash from fans.
If you've watched or heard about the Ellen DeGeneres show, you may have heard the show's mantra, "Be Kind." Comedian Andy Richter pointed out the irony of the mantra amid all the allegation leveled against the show. "Although there's toxicity tolerated by higher-ups in every industry, few of those workplaces are controlled by a manager who's entire brand is be nice."
Portia de Rossi
In a show of solidarity, Portia de Rossi shared a picture on Instagram, which read, "I Stand By Ellen." The image also had the mantra of the show "Be Kind To One Another" in the corner. Portia has been married to Ellen Degeneres since 2008 and has also appeared on the show several times.
The actor followed De Rossi's lead by posting the same photo on Instagram. O'Connell captioned the image "Love Ellen and Portia. Always have. Always will." Jarry O'Connell is a longtime friend of the couple, and in the post, he further went on to speak about all of his fond experiences with Ellen.
The singer also used her platform to show her support for Ellen. In her post, she said, "I think we all have witnessed the light & continual fight for equality that she has brought to the world through her platform for decades," "Sending you love & a hug, friend." She also received a lot of backlash from the public, but Perry defended her decision to come out in support of her friend.
Actress Diane Keaten showed her support by posting a picture of her on the set of The Ellen Degeneres Show and captioning it, "I'VE SEEN HOW THE AUDIENCE EXUDES HAPPINESS AND GRATITUDE. SHE GIVES BACK TO SO MANY INCLUDING ME." She has appeared on the show several times.
Samantha Ronson is a DJ that has previously worked for the show; she also has DJ'd for Ellen at her private parties and only had positive things to say about her relationship 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.
For those who don't know, Scooter Braun is a music manager, and his list of artists includes Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber. In a show of support, Braun sent out a series of tweets defending Ellen DeGeneres. In one of those, he called her a "kind, thoughtful, courageous human being who stands for what is right and highlights on her show the best of us."
People have accused celebrities that have spoken out in support of "gaslighting" her victims. In trying to show the support, they have also discredited many of the people who made claims against Ellen. Do you think that celebrities who have spoken out in support of Ellen were right to do so? Or should they have left the victims to have their say and let Ellen DeGeneres deal with the backlash?