Comic Kevin Hart, vocalist Katy Perry and other stars have concerned Ellen DeGeneres’ defence after accusations that her TV show is a toxic office.
Nevertheless, the program’s one-time resident DJ has said he “did experience and feel the toxicity of the environment”.
It follows a Buzzfeed Newspaper article that declared senior staff had actually bullied and frightened others on set.
DeGeneres later apologised to staff, stating actions would be required to “fix the problems” that had come to light.
One existing and 10 previous employees told Buzzfeed they had experienced bigotry and a workplace that was “dominated by worry”.
On Tuesday, Tony Okungbowa, who was the programme’s DJ from 2003-2006 and 2007-2013, echoed those accounts, adding: “I stand with my previous coworkers in their quest to produce a much healthier and more inclusive work environment.”
DeGeneres has distanced herself from the allegations, saying she had actually been “misrepresented” by “people who deal with me and for me”.
Some of the host’s celebrity pals have now closed ranks. Hart said he had actually understood DeGeneres “for years” and called her “one of the dopest people on the … world”.
He wrote on Instagram: “It’s insane to see my friend go thru what she’s going thru publicly … The web has ended up being an insane world of negativity … We are falling for individuals down fall [sic].”
Perry stated she had “only ever had positive takeaways” from appearing on DeGeneres’ daytime talk show.
Writing on Twitter, the pop star called her a “pal” and stated she was sending her “love & a hug”.
She went on: “I think we all have actually seen the light & consistent defend equality that she has given the world through her platform for decades.”
Other celebs to have actually backed DeGeneres consist of actors Diane Keaton and Ashton Kutcher.
DeGeneres’ wife Portia de Rossi took to Instagram on Tuesday to thank fans for their support.
“ To all our fans … we see you,” composed the previous Ally McBeal starlet, who wed DeGeneres in 2008.
Yet other stars have supported the claims made against her programme, amongst them Everybody Enjoys Raymond actor Brad Garrett.
” Sorry however it originates from the top,” he composed on Twitter when DeGeneres’ letter to personnel was revealed last week.
” Know more than one who were treated horribly by her,” he included, saying such declared behaviour was “common knowledge”.
In her letter to personnel, the host composed: “On the first day of our program, I informed everyone in our very first conference that The Ellen DeGeneres Show would be a location of joy.
” Obviously, something changed, and I am disappointed to find out that this has actually not been the case.”
The claims resulted in an internal questions by production business WarnerMedia, who said there would be “several staffing changes” as an outcome.
Meanwhile, viewing figures for DeGeneres’ show was up to “a brand-new series low” last month, according to The Wrap
It stated ratings for the penultimate week of July were down 9%on the previous week and 29%down on the comparable week in 2019.