The mom-to-be singer defends Ellen DeGeneres amid claims of sexual misconduct on her show.
Katy Perry took to her social media handle to defend Ellen and said she cannot speak for anyone else’s experience besides her own. The singer clarifies that she has only ever had positive experiences with the talk show host. She continues acknowledging that everybody has witnessed the continual fight for equality that she has brought to the world. Katy further says that Ellen has used her platform to bring the light and sends her love and regards.
This comes after Ellen’s wife, Portia De Rossi, took to Instagram to support her wife. Her post said that she stands by Ellen and acknowledged all the fans saying they see them. She, later on, thanks them for the support that Ellen has received.
The support comes after the show faced a number of allegations against the workplace environment of The Ellen Show. Buzzfeed News published an article in July were former and current employees of Ellen spoke about the toxic workplace.
The show’s executive producers stated to E! News after the allegations. They said for nearly two decades, they have strived to create an open, safe, and inclusive work environment. The statement involved Ed Glavin, Mary Connelly, and Andy Lassner.
They continued saying that they are heartbroken to learn that even one person has had a negative experience. The producers claim it is not who they are and not who they strive to be and it is also not the mission Ellen set them for.
Executive Producers Apologize
‘For the record, the day to day responsibility of the Ellen show is completely on us. We take all of this very seriously and we realize, as many in the world are learning, that we need to do better, are committed to doing better, and we will do better,’ the statement added.
After allegations of sexual misconduct in the workplace, Ellen addressed the claims in a letter to her staff. Although, Ellen was not accused of the misconduct and an investigation was also launched.
Ellen wrote that on the first day of her show, she told everyone that the place will be of happiness and no one will ever raise their voice. She addressed the issue saying something changed and expressed her disappointment to learn that this was not happening. The talk show host goes on to apologize saying anyone who knows her knows it is not what she believes in.
Ellen added that she could not have the success without any of their contributions and that her name is on the show because of which she will take complete responsibility. She said, “Alongside Warner Bros, we immediately began an internal investigation and we are taking steps, together, to correct the issues.”
The host continued, “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. That will now change and I’m committed to ensuring this does not happen again.”
Ellen’s Heartfelt Letter Taking Responsibilty
The talk show host also added that some people who work with her are speaking on her behalf and misrepresenting who she is. She says that has to stop and acknowledges the inequality. Ellen says that she understands people who are being looked differently because she has faced the same thing. She said, ” As someone who was judged and nearly 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.”
Ellen said she feels awful for anybody who ever felt that way. A statement from Warner Bros. states they have interviewed a dozen people including the current and former employees. The company published a statement which read, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show is, and has always strived to be, a place that brings positivity to the world.”
“And though not all of the allegations were corroborated, we are disappointed that the primary findings of the investigation. It indicated some deficiencies related to the show’s day-to-day management.
They further added, “We have identified several staffing changes, along with appropriate measures to address the issues that have been raised. And are taking the first steps to implement them. Warner Bros. and Ellen DeGeneres are all committed to ensuring a workplace based on respect and inclusion. We are confident this course of action will lead us to the right way forward for the show.”
DeGeneres’ personal spokesperson confirmed to Today that The Ellen DeGeneres Show is scheduled to return Sept. 9 after its summer hiatus.