Leading the charge is Brad Garrett, who shared a response on Twitter to DeGeneres’ leaked apology which was sent to staff members in light of the accusations.
Along with a link to a story on her apology published in Variety, the fellow comedian wrote on Thursday:
“Sorry but it comes from the top @TheEllenShow Know more than one who were treated horribly by her. Common knowledge.”
We’re not exactly clear on the nature of Ellen and Brad’s relationship, but he was a guest on her show six times between 2004 and 2007.
So according to Brad, the word on the street is that none of this is news to people in the industry! So he may just be the first to come out and say it.
Andy Richter, who has worked on Conan on the Warner Bros lot near Ellen’s soundstage for years, shaded her statement, tweeting:
“I never wanted this castle to be a place where the undead feast on the living, but I’m being told that it has” – Count Dracula
This was clearly mocking the statement, in which she accepted responsibility only for not seeing the mistreatment, and not for being part of it. She began:
“On day one of our show, I told everyone in our first meeting that The Ellen DeGeneres Show would be a place of happiness – no one would ever raise their voice, and everyone would be treated with respect. Obviously, something changed, and I am disappointed to learn that this has not been the case. And for that, I am sorry.”
Man, he really nailed that.
Even down under, this “toxic work environment” is well-known. Most recently, Australian media exec Neil Breen went live this week during his radio show, 4BC Breakfast with Neil Breen, when he told a truly ridiculous story about the daytime host from a sit-down they had several years ago.
He shared with his audience some “bizarre” pre-interview requests made by her team:
“When Ellen DeGeneres came to Australia to do her show in 2013, I was the executive producer of the Today show, so we partnered with them. Originally she was going to cohost the Today show, then she was going to do this, then she was going to do that. The whole thing got watered down to Ellen DeGeneres would do a sit-down interview.”
Neil added (below) that longtime presenter and host Richard Wilkins ended up being the one to interview the now-62-year-old TV host:
“Because it’s The Ellen Show, they controlled everything. They controlled the interview seats, the lights, how it would work, everything. The producers called us aside and said, ‘This is how it’s going to work here this morning. Ellen’s going to arrive at 10:15, and she’ll be sitting in this chair. And Richard, you’ll be sitting in this chair here. Neil, no one’s to talk to Ellen. You don’t talk to her, you don’t approach her, you don’t look at her. She’ll come in, she’ll sit down, she’ll talk to Richard, then Ellen will leave.'”
We mean, that certainly sounds like something coming from the top — even if the Finding Dory star didn’t make those demands herself, her team must have been terrified of her to request such behavior of others.
Is this just the beginning? Do U think more celebs will start taking sides. y’all?? We’re pretty sure we know where Dakota Johnson stands… LOLz!!
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