Ellen DeGeneres: Wife Portia de Rossi Backs Star Following Toxic Workplace Reports | Ents & Arts News

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Ellen DeGeneres’ wife Portia de Rossi has spoken out in favor of the TV star, posting on Instagram to say “I’m by Ellen’s side” following allegations of a toxic work environment on the set of his show.

Last week, DeGeneres apologized in a note to workers, while distributor Warner Bros. said it would make staff changes after an internal investigation found “shortcomings in the day-to-day running of the show.”

Amid calls for the 62-year-old presenter to step down, De Rossi, 47, has now shared a message of support for his 12-year-old wife.

Beside a graphic that read “I’m with Ellen” on Instagram, the actress wrote in the caption, “To all of our fans…. we see you. Thank you for your support. ”

The couple married in 2008, after California rolled back the ban on same-sex marriage.

Known for her mantra of “be kind,” often taking part in lavish giveaways or acts of charity, DeGeneres is one of the biggest names in American television and has hosted the Ellen DeGeneres Show since 2003.

However, his image has been shaken by recent allegations. A Buzzfeed News investigation made a series of allegations about the alleged toxic culture on the daytime talk show after speaking to former employees who made allegations of racism, unfair dismissal, intimidation and ‘a global toxic environment.

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DeGeneres apologized in a memo to staff obtained by the Press Association news agency, saying, “On the first day of our show, I told everyone at our first meeting that The Ellen DeGeneres Show would be a place of happiness – no one would ever raise their voice, and everyone would be treated with respect.

“Obviously, something has changed, and I’m disappointed to hear that it hasn’t. And for that, I’m sorry. Anyone who knows me knows this is the opposite of what I believe and hoped for on our show. ”

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DeGeneres said she was “determined to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”

The star also referred to his experiences of coming out as gay in 1997 amid huge media interest.

“As someone who has been judged and has lost almost everything to be who I am, I truly understand and have a deep compassion for those who are viewed differently, or treated unfairly, not equal or – worse – ignored,” she declared. “To think that one of you felt this is horrible to me. ”

She ended the note by saying that she was “so proud” of the show and again apologized to the staff, saying that if not for the coronavirus crisis, she would have “done it in person.”

Warner Bros said, “Warner Bros and Ellen DeGeneres are all committed to ensuring a workplace based on respect and inclusion. We are confident that this course of action will lead us to the right path for the show. “

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