As comedian Ellen DeGeneres tries to keep her talk show amid a barrage of controversy pushed by her staff over allegations of sexism and racism, she is starting to get some support in high places. The pop star came strongly to Degeneres's defense in a pair of tweets posted around midnight.
"I think Ellen has had a problem with reading the room lately", he said, in reference to DeGeneres broadcasting from her sizable home amid the pandemic and calling self-quarantine a "prison", and the criticism she received after photos surfaced of her attending an National Football League game with former President George W. Bush a year ago.
As the drama surrounding Ellen DeGeneres and her daytime talk show grows, one former employee is adding his voice to the conversation.
DeGeneres doesn't have many outspoken supporters at this point, but Perry isn't totally alone.
After pop music superstar Katy Perry came out to her defense, funnyman Kevin Hart chose to do the same. "Sending you love and a hug, friend Ellen". "Know more than one who were treated horribly by her. Common knowledge". The Internet has become a insane world of negativity we are falling in love with people downfall.
He continued by saying that he's supporting Ellen throughout this unraveling.
De Rossi, who has been married to DeGeneres for 12 years, posted an "I Stand By Ellen" hashtag on her Instagram account. "It's honestly sad.When did we get here?" "Hopefully it goes out of style soon...." The 35-year-old singer, who is pregnant with her first child, noted that she can't speak for other people, but that she's only had positive experiences when she's around Ellen.
The segment involved setting up a table of Ellen merchandise and encouraging audience members to take only one item, while they were filmed by hidden cameras.
Staff returned remotely to work after the summer hiatus on Monday, Melissa Little Padgitt - the spokesperson for the show - confirmed.
How the recent reports will impact the "Ellen" viewership in the fall remains to be seen.
"I think we all have witnessed the light and continual fight for equality that she has brought to the world through her platform for decades".
DeGeneres, 67, added: "I'm also learning that people who work with me and for me are speaking on my behalf and misrepresenting who I am and that has to stop".