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Where’s Elton John when she needs him? Or Jennifer Aniston, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and the Kardashians?
Ellen DeGeneres, under siege, is said to be ‘devastated’ that Hollywood has turned on her so quickly as she faces a growing number of accusations that she is in fact mean, imperious and ‘power hungry’ behind her “be nice” talk show character, and that she didn’t stop the producers of her show from overseeing a “toxic”, “sexist” and “racist” workplace, the New York Post and The sun both reported. #ReplaceEllen was also trending on Twitter Monday morning, a demonstration that a number of people online want to cancel her show.
Her A-List friends, who also include Brad Pitt, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, may be too reluctant to speak on her behalf, according to the Post. In the wake of #MeToo and the recent rise of Black Lives Matter, celebrities need to be especially concerned about standing up for anyone associated with allegations of sexual misconduct or reported incidents or racism and bullying, said one source at Post.
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“Everyone is afraid of the liberal crowd,” the source told the Post. “They found something with Ellen that they could hang onto that led to even more stacking. No one wants to be next.
The “pile-on” against the 62-year-old daytime host has escalated over the past week, starting with a report in the variety that parent company Warner Bros., WarnerMedia, and a third-party company were conducting an internal investigation into working conditions at the “Ellen DeGeneres Show”. The investigation comes in response to a current employee and 10 former employees telling BuzzFeed News about incidents of racism and bullying on set.
Employees did not directly implicate DeGeneres in these incidents, but she made matters worse for herself by sending an internal note to employees on Thursday, which was meant to be an apology, but many did not see it that way. according to several reports.
In the memo, first revealed by The Hollywood Reporter, DeGeneres admitted that the culture did not match the expectations she set when she started the series 17 years ago on the principles of “happiness. “and” respect “.
DeGeneres said she takes “responsibility” because her name is on the show, her memo apparently left employees and many others dissatisfied because she did not appear to take responsibility. really the responsibility of some role in the perpetuation of this culture. Instead, she seemed to largely blame the others by saying that she was not able to “stay on top of everything and relied on others to do their jobs because they knew I wanted them to be. ‘they do.
Hours after DeGeneres’ note of apology was sent, BuzzFeed News published another report in which dozens of former employees accused executive producers of sexual misconduct, harassment and assault.
They accused editor and executive producer Kevin Leman of fumbling, making sexually explicit comments and behaving inappropriately at a corporate party, BuzzFeed reported. Leman denied the allegations, but employees also accused executive producer Ed Glavin of “being comfortable with women” and creating a culture of fear and intimidation on the show. BuzzFeed said Glavin did not respond to the allegations.
Many internet users, including some celebrities, were appalled by DeGeneres’ letter of apology. They said they found it hard to believe that she didn’t know how miserably her employees would have been treated. They also brought up long-standing rumors and reports of her unfriendly behavior towards people who work for her or those who are not celebrities.
In 2016, Kathy Griffin wrote DeGeneres has “a nasty streak that everyone knows” in her book “Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-Ins: My AZ Index”. Most recently, comedian Kevin T. Porter posted a tweet in March, asking people to share examples of “nasty” DeGeneres and received over 2,700 responses.
“Everybody Loves Raymond” star Brad Garrett has joined Griffin and Porter as entertainment insiders ready to call DeGeneres. Garrett tweeted that it was “common knowledge” that people had been abused on the set of the DeGeneres show. “Know more than one,” he wrote, blaming her as much as the producers who are the targets of allegations. “Sorry but it’s coming from the top,” he added.
– Brad Garrett (@RealBradGarrett) July 31, 2020
“Back to the Future” actress Lea Thompson tweeted her support for Garrett, retweeting an article about her statement and adding, “A true story. It is.”
So far, the only celebrity to publicly defend DeGeneres has been music mogul Scooter Braun, who said in a tweet that people “love to shoot” at other people.
“How quickly so many people forget,” he wrote, adding that Degeneres “is a kind, thoughtful and courageous human being who stands up for what is right and brings the best of us to light on his show. She helped change views for equality.
Elton John hasn’t come to DeGeneres’ defense as she faces her latest controversy – not like he did back in October when she faced backlash for being friendly with former President George W. Bush at a Dallas Cowboys game.
At the time, DeGeneres defended his friendship with Bush on his show, saying his famous slogan “be kind” means being cordial to people even if you don’t share their political beliefs. John also told NPR that it is not acceptable in a democracy for people to be rejected just because they have different views.
Some netizens want to “cancel” DeGeneres, claiming that she contributed to the “sexist, racist, demeaning and intimidating behavior of her show,” BuzzFeed News reported. The daily mail reported that DeGeneres wanted to stop after staff members criticized his apology.
The Post reported that an internal email shows DeGeneres plans to return to work on August 24 for “Ellen’s Game of Games” and on the set of the “Ellen DeGeneres Show” for its first season on September 9.
“We know that the last few days have been a long time to assimilate and process for everyone”, the e-mail signed “Love, the EPs” read.
An insider told the Post, “She’s fighting to protect the show and what it stands for. She is very upset with what has happened and determined to resolve the issues. She takes full responsibility. But in no case does she leave the series. It’s total BS.