Ellen DeGeneres’ brother got here to his sister’s protection this week as allegations in regards to the daytime speak present host’s office demeanor proceed to make headlines.
Actor and former “The Each day Present” correspondent Vance DeGeneres described his sibling as “one of many kindest, most beneficiant individuals you’ll ever meet” on Twitter Tuesday. To those that imagine Ellen would “knowingly permit bullying or racism” to happen on her present, he added, “You don’t know my sister.”
Later Tuesday, Vance expanded on his ideas in a strongly worded put up on Fb.
“My sister is being viciously attacked,” he wrote. “And let me guarantee you — it’s all bullshit. … If you happen to don’t assist Ellen, you then don’t assist me, so please unfriend me.”
Ellen “all the time has ― and all the time will ― stand in opposition to bullying of any form,” he added. “She’s a wise, sturdy girl who has made a optimistic distinction on the earth.”
Vance’s statements are available response to a flurry of troubling claims about working circumstances at “The Ellen DeGeneres Present,” which is now present process an inner investigation by Warner Bros. Tv, whose Telepictures subsidiary produces the present.
A July 16 BuzzFeed story featured accounts from 10 former “Ellen” workers members and one present worker who stated they have been subjected to racism and intimidation on set.
A second set of allegations emerged in a follow-up story revealed July 30, during which BuzzFeed spoke to “dozens” of female and male “Ellen” staff who alleged sexual misconduct and assault involving a number of members of the present’s inventive workers.
A lot of the claims outlined by BuzzFeed have been directed at govt producers and senior managers fairly than Ellen DeGeneres herself, who has since apologized to her crew in a broadly reported memo. However former “Ellen” producer Hedda Muskat described her ex-boss to The Wrap this week as a “poisonous host” who condoned a “tradition of worry” on the present.
Muskat’s statements have since been corroborated by Tony Okungbowa, who labored on “The Ellen DeGeneres Present” as DJ Tony from 2003 to 2006 and once more from 2007 to 2013.
“Whereas I’m grateful for the chance it afforded me, I did expertise and really feel the toxicity of the atmosphere,” Okungbowa wrote on Instagram Tuesday. “I stand with my former colleagues of their quest to create a more healthy and extra inclusive office because the present strikes ahead.”
PoliFonics reached out to “The Ellen DeGeneres Present” for touch upon this story.
On Wednesday, Folks reported that Ellen DeGeneres was working carefully with Warner Bros. TV to make sure “a office primarily based on respect and inclusion” forward of the present’s Sept. 9 season premiere.
When information of the preliminary allegations first broke final month, “Ellen” govt producers Ed Glavin, Mary Connelly and Andy Lassner informed PoliFonics in an announcement that they have been “sorry to study that even one particular person in our manufacturing household has had a detrimental expertise.”
“It’s not who we’re and never who we attempt to be, and never the mission Ellen has set for us,” they wrote. “We take all of this very severely and we understand, as many on the earth are studying, that we have to do higher, are dedicated to do higher, and we are going to do higher.”
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