Katy Perry defends Ellen DeGeneres amid 'toxic' workplace claims saying she's had 'positive' experiences on her show

KATY Perry has come to the defense of friend Ellen DeGeneres on Twitter following reports The Ellen DeGeneres Show is a "toxic" workplace.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show is currently under an internal investigation after employees came forward about experiencing "racism, fear and intimidation” while working there.

The pregnant singer, who has been a guest on Ellen's show numerous times,showed her support for the comedian, 62, online.

Taking to Twitter today, Katy insisted that she's only ever had "positive takeaways" from her interactions with the TV star and her crew.

She began: "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 & on the @theellenshow.

"I think we all have witnessed the light & continual fight for equality that she has brought to the world through her platform for decades.


"Sending you love & a hug, friend @TheEllenShow".

The Ellen DeGeneres Show is currently under an internal investigation after employees came forward about experiencing "racism, fear and intimidation” while working there.

Yesterday, Ellen's wife Portia de Rossi broke her silence and said she "stands by" her.

"To all our fans….we see you. Thank you for your support. #stopbotattacks," the model shared on her social media on Monday afternoon.

The 47-year-old model finished her post with a series of hashtags, which included I Stand With Ellen DeGeneres, I Stand By Ellen, and Be Kind To Each Other.

Portia's comment comes after various celebrities have shown support for the famed daytime show host, such as Polo player Nacho Figueras and Scooter Braun.

Unfortunately, other celebs have also ganged up against her and claimed that she can be "cold," such as Lea Thompson, Bachelor’s Corinne Olympios, and actor Brad Garrett.

Ellen – who faces losing partnerships – has found herself in hot water after BuzzFeed News spoke to 36 staffers about their alleged experiences on the set of the hit daytime show. 


One former employee alleged Kevin Leman, the show’s head writer and executive producer, solicited him for oral sex at a company party in 2013.

Others claimed they witnessed him grope and kiss employees. 

Nearly a dozen claimed to the publication that he often made sexually explicit comments about colleagues.

He has also been accused of preying on young, lower-level employees who would fear lodging a complaint to HR. 

Kevin said he denied "any kind of sexual impropriety" in a statement.

In a separate interview in July, Ellen employees claimed they suffered from "racism, fear and intimidation” on set.

BuzzFeed News also reported staff claimed to have been fired because they took medical leave or bereavement days to attend family funerals.

Others alleged they were told by their managers to not speak directly to Ellen if they saw her at the office.

An internal investigation was launched last week week by the show's parent company WarnerMedia after the employees came forward.

Following the backlash, Ellen issued an apology letter to her staff.

She wrote: “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.”

However, staffers told The Sun exclusively that Ellen's "apology and denial that she knew anything was going on" regarding the alleged behind-the-scenes misconduct is “complete bull.”

The insiders said: “For over a decade Ellen has treated her staff poorly, which is ironic because of her on-camera persona. 

“She is literally like two different people. One is awful, power-hungry and constantly yells at everyone for any little thing that goes wrong with the production of the show. 

“The other character that Ellen plays is what the world sees – a hilarious, kind and giving woman who is a fearless advocate for the LGBTQ community.”

The sources continued that several workers “could not handle it anymore and quit.”

The insiders continued: “The show has such a high turnover rate. But up until now, everyone was terrified to say anything because they feared her power. She would let people know that they have the ‘best gig in town’ and how lucky they were to be working for her and how so many people would die to be in their shoes."

The sources believe: “So now Ellen is gasping for air. This investigation is going to reveal the truth and it will most likely tank her show and her career. 

“She cannot go on living a lie and treating people this way. Her reputation and disgusting behavior has finally caught up with her.”

Executive producers Ed Glavin, Mary Connelly, and Andy Lassner released a joint statement to the outlet, claiming they take the stories "very seriously" and admitted they need to "do better.”

Though Andy claimed the show is not “going off the air” amid cancelation rumors, The Sun exclusively reported James Corden may be in line to replace Ellen. 

NBC Entertainment Chairman Paul Telegdy, who is part of the executive team overseeing the probes on the claims against The Ellen DeGeneres Show, is deciding on the future of the Emmy-winning series.

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