Ellen DeGeneress wife Portia de Rossi breaks silence on her infamy

Carla Harmon
August 4, 2020

DeGeneres has been in the center of a firestorm of controversy over allegations of fostering a "toxic" and "abusive" work environment on her nationally syndicated program, including allegations that her producers have committed sexual misconduct.

'I knew this was coming, but you'd be surprised by how many people are super rude when you become someone they are writing a cheque to, ' Ronson said.

What did Ellen DeGeneres' wife, actress Portia de Rossi, have to say about the embattled comedian?

A little over a week later, on 27 July, The Ellen DeGeneres Show was formally placed under investigation by WarnerMedia, but the flow of complaints showed no sign of stopping, although not all of them centred on Ellen herself.

The AFL WAG laid into DeGeneres over an "awful" stunt she played on her audience, while backing her rumoured replacement James Corden.

DeGeneres's wife Portia de Rossi also took to social media in support of her partner on Tuesday, posting on Instagram to say "I stand by Ellen".

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".

Last week, DeGeneres issued an apology in a memo to staff obtained by the Press Association. "Thank you for your support".

"I know I can't speak for anyone else's experience besides my own but I want to acknowledge that I have only ever had positive takeaways from my time with Ellen and on The Ellen DeGeneres Show", tweeted Katy Perry, adding, "I think we all have witnessed the light and continual fight for equality that she has brought on the world through her platform for decades". "And for that, I am sorry". As someone who was judged and almost lost everything for just being who I am, I truly understand and have deep compassion for those being looked at differently, or treated unfairly, not equal, or - worse - disregarded.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show has always been a beloved syndicated program, but spikes have been thrown by not only former staffers, but celebrities who have appeared on the show itself and an internal investigation launched by WarnerMedia. "To think that any one of you felt that way is bad to me".

There have even been calls for Ellen, who has been the face of her show for 17 years, to step down from her role.

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