Every Celebrity to Accuse Ellen DeGeneres Show of Toxic Work Culture

As The Ellen DeGeneres Show continues to be hit with accusations of toxic work culture, a number of celebrities have added their voices to the discourse.

The talk show is now reportedly the focus of an internal investigation by its parent company, WarnerMedia amid accusations of a toxic workplace culture, racism, and sexual harassment—plunging the show into crisis.

DeGeneres issued an apology in a memo to staff last Thursday in which the 62-year-old host addressed the claims that her show isn't as sunny a place to work as her on-screen persona portrays.

"As we've grown exponentially, I've not been able to stay on top of everything and relied on others to do their jobs as they knew I'd want them done. Clearly some didn't," she wrote. "That will now change and I'm committed to ensuring this does not happen again."

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However, the apology was ill-timed as just hours later, 36 former employees accused Ellen Show executives of sexual misconduct, in a damning report by Buzzfeed News.

The apology didn't fly with some and Everybody Loves Raymond star Brad Garrett has called DeGeneres out for her actions on Twitter, saying she was "responsible" for what went on at her workplace while she was at the helm.

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But he's not the first celebrity to publicly decry DeGeneres.

Beauty vlogger Nikkie de Jager

Nikkie de Jager
Nikkie de Jager of Nikki Tutorials accepts an award on stage at the The 9th Annual Shorty Awards on April 23, 2017 in New York City. Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Shorty Awards

The Ellen Show scandals have punctuated 2020, with the controversy starting to gain an increasing amount of attention back in February when Dutch beauty vlogger Nikkie de Jager—known by her 13.5 million YouTube subscribers as NikkieTutorials—said the host was "cold and distant towards her."

de Jager spoke about her experience on The Ellen Show during an appearance on talk show De Wereld Draait Door in her home country.

She said: "Maybe I'm being naive, but I expected them to welcome me with confetti: Welcome to The Ellen DeGeneres Show! But instead, I got greeted by an angry intern, who was a bit overworked. I expected a Disney show, but I got a 'Teletubbies After Dark.'"

Kevin T. Porter

Comedian and podcaster Kevin T. Porter deemed DeGeneres "one of the meanest people alive" in March, in a Twitter thread in which he encouraged others to share their experiences.

Thousands of people commented, one of whom was TV writer Benjamin Siemon, who tweeted: "A) She has a "sensitive nose" so everyone must chew gum from a bowl outside her office before talking to her and if she thinks you smell that day you have to go home and shower."

Brad Garrett

Following DeGeneres' recent apology on July 30, Garrett—who also provided a voiceover for Pixar's Finding Nemo with DeGeneres—claimed that the presenter's alleged mean behavior was "common knowledge."

He tweeted: "Sorry but it comes from the top ⁦@TheEllenShow," he tweeted, tagging DeGeneres. "Know more than one who were treated horribly by her.⁩ Common knowledge."

Garrett appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show six times between 2004 and 2007.

Lea Thompson

Actress Lea Thompson, who is perhaps best known for starring in Back to the Future, then back up Garrett's claim.

Responding to a People article about Garrett's tweet, Thompson tweeted: "True story. It is."

Wayne Dupree

Podcaster Wayne Dupree also tweeted about DeGeneres' apology to his 497.4K followers, writing: "Ellen DeGeneres decides to apologize to staff following allegations of toxic work culture: 'I Take Responsibility.' Isn't it funny how they apologize only after they've been found out, NEVER when they are treating people badly."

Dakota Johnson

50 Shades of Grey actress Dakota Johnson has not commented publicly on the scandals surrounding DeGeneres or her show, but the 30-year-old is credited with kicking off the beginning of the end for the host.

In December, Johnson's awkward appearance on The Ellen Show went viral when DeGeneres accused her of not inviting her to her birthday party.

"Actually, no, that's not the truth, Ellen, you were invited," she said in a moment that has been immortalized in thousands of gifs and memes that are no associated with the downfall of DeGeneres.

Despite the chorus of voices who have come out to publicly berate DeGeneres' behavior, some have defended the host.

Music producer Scooter Braun has displayed support for the host calling her a "kind, thoughtful, courageous human being" on Instagram.

"People love to take shots. They love to see people fall. How quickly so many forget. How easy it is to stay quiet when it doesn't affect them," he wrote. "@TheEllenShow is a kind, thoughtful, courageous human being who stands for what is right and highlights on her show the best of us. She has helped change the views for equality all around the country and the world. She doesn't do what is popular she does what is right."

Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. Steve Granitz/WireImage/Getty
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