SCOOTER Braun has defended Ellen DeGeneres, and called her “kind and courageous” amid ongoing accusations of workplace bullying and a toxic set.
Justin Bieber and Demi Lovato’s manager, Scooter took to Twitter to stand up for the talk show host, claiming that Ellen “isn’t about what is popular she is about what is right.”
He wrote: “People love to take shots at people. They love to see people fall. How quickly so many forget. @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.”
He added: “Needed to say this as I know first hand how she helps so many when we are watching and when we are not.
“She isn’t about what is popular she is about what is right. Sending love to Ellen today.”
An internal investigation by The Ellen DeGeneres Show’s parent company WarnerMedia is allegedly taking place after employees came forward about experiencing “racism, fear, and intimidation” while working on the talk show.
Sources told Variety that in addition to a third party company taking on the investigation, WarnerMedia’s employee relations group will also interview current and former workers about their experiences on set.
In early July, Ellen employees revealed bombshell accusations thatthey suffered from “racism, fear, and intimidation” on set.
One current and 10 former crew members from the hit daytime series spoke to BuzzfeedNews about the “toxic work environment” but remained anonymous due to fear of retribution.
The outlet said some staff claimed to have been fired because they took medical leave or bereavement days to attend family funerals.
Others alleged they were instructed by their managers to not speak directly to the 62-year-old comedian if they saw her at the office.
A Black woman, who once worked for Ellen, told the website that she experienced “racist comments, actions, and microaggressions” during her year and a half as an employee.
Former staffers have also alleged to Buzzfeed that senior executives, who work behind the scenes at the show, groped and kissed employees and solicited one of them for oral sex.
YouTuber NikkieTutorials was one of several celebrities to also speak up, and said appearing on the show had always been a dream, but she was none too happy with her experience when the dream actually came true.
Nikkie claimed that the host was “distant and cold.”
Everybody Loves Raymond star Brad Garrett took to Twitter to claims that her “horrible” behaviour is “common knowledge.”
He made the shock admission on Twitter, and wrote: “Sorry but it comes from the top @TheEllenShow.”
Former bodyguard Tom Majercak also called the talk show host “cold” and “demeaning” after working with her at the 2014 Oscars, and claimed that “Ellen is the one person that I’ve been assigned to — and I’ve been assigned to quite a few celebrities — that has never taken the time to say hi to me.”
An ex-employee of hers also alleged that her “nice” demeanor is fake.
Ellen, who was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom — America’s highest civilian honour — in 2016 by then-President Obama, has been surrounded by A-listers for years, although none of them have been quick to come to her aid.
A source told The Sun: “Ellen has gained a reputation as a friend to the stars, but A-listers would have to take great risks to publicly defend the show.
“The explosion of the #MeToo movement has really shone a light on workplace conduct in Hollywood. Studios are under pressure to change the culture.”
Executive producers Ed Glavin, Mary Connelly, and Andy Lassner said in joint statement that they “have strived to create an open, safe and inclusive work environment” over the past 16 years.
“We are truly heartbroken and sorry to learn that even one person in our production family has had a negative experience,” the EPs added.
Ellen later broke her silence, admitting in a letter sent to staff that she had to take responsibility as her name was at the top, but that as the show has grown, she had “not been able to stay on top of everything” and had instead “relied on others to do their jobs as they knew I’d want them done.”
But, she said: “Clearly some didn’t.
“That will now change and I’m committed to ensuring this does not happen again.”
In the letter she also referenced how she herself had been “treated unfairly” in the 1990s when she first came out as gay, writing: “To think that any one of you felt that way is awful to me.”