As you might have heard, Ellen DeGeneres and her show are being under investigation due to allegations about a toxic workplace environment as well as racism, intimidation, and other unprofessional behavior. The international investigation conducted by WarnerMedia has started because of complaints that were filed by Ellen’s former and present employees who have stated that she is being unprofessional and rude to her employees and crew.
Then, after a couple of days of radio silence, Ellen issues a public statement concerning the allegations. In the apology to her employees, she assured everyone that she is aware of the issues and is working on addressing them. At the end, she added, “We all have to be more mindful about the way our words and actions affect others, and I’m glad the issues at our show were brought to my attention.”
As expected, many saw Ellen’s apology as a PR stunt and didn’t believe her. Others stick to innocent until proven guilty and want to see actual proof of these allegations.
As usual, Twitter had a field day with this developing story, starting a hashtag #EllenDeGeneresisoverparty.
Even though the whole situation blew up rather quickly, the problem with the allegations against Ellen is that no one has heard directly from the employees.
Fans are equally as split as to if they believe the allegations or if it’s just another round of #cancelculture on Twitter. Sadly we’re still waiting for proof and unfortunately we may have to wait a while to find out, especially since Ellen is one of the top rated shows for WarnerMedia.
Oftentimes, celebrities are under a lot of pressure to sign autographs, always be pleasant, and take photos with every single fan they encounter. However, this can get draining and, not to mention, everybody is in a bad mood every once in a while. While rumors concerning Ellen’s attitude have been circulating for years now until there’s no definite proof, should we really believe everything we read?
In a new update, Ellen’s wife Portia de Rossi shared a post to her Instagram account that reads, “I stand by Ellen” showing her support for her wife. Additionally, she’s attempting to start a positive hashtag to show her support, suggesting others should do the same.
This was particularly surprising since there have been rumors concerning a divorce between the couple amidst the investigation. However, Portia showed that she stands in solidarity with her famous wife, no matter what.
Furthermore, Ellen is not the only TV talk show host under an attack. Recently, Jimmy Kimmel has received backlash for using blackface in a comedy sketch a couple of years ago. As a result, he decided to take an extended holiday this summer. Currently, Jimmy Kimmel Live! is hosted by a different celebrity guest each night.
At the end of the day, it seems like life is not easy for celebrities these days, as for all of us. However, if these allegations are real, we would be truly disappointing since Ellen’s motto is “be kind to one another” — she doesn’t seem really kind to me if she treats her employees this way. Blame it on diva behaviour or an oversized ego, it’s never acceptable in the workplace, and NDA’s are the only thing from preventing the public from hearing the stories directly from them in the news. Nevertheless, this story is nowhere close to being over. We will keep you updated with any news we have.
Do you think Ellen DeGeneres is really a meanie? Or do you think the allegations are exagerated?
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