Portia De Rossi standing by Ellen DeGeneres during TV show drama

Brenda Watkins
August 4, 2020

The Arrested Development star spoke out on the workplace accusations for the first time on August 3, 2020, posting a photo to Instagram that read "I stand by Ellen" in the show's signature colors.

As controversy consumes Ellen DeGeneres and her namesake show, a few stars are starting to show support for the embattled television host - including her wife.

The "Be kind to one another" comedian and her talk show have been facing an onslaught of bad publicity in recent months after longstanding rumors of a toxic work environment surfaced publicly in a number of ways.

Many Twitter users sought to remind Perry that she, a rich, white celebrity, would no doubt have a different experience of the 62-year-old broadcaster than, say, the Black staffers who have levelled complaints against her.

The comment follows an Instagram post from Nacho Figueras over the weekend who vigorously praised DeGeneres and her show, calling out celebrities for staying silent.

About 10 days after that report came out, show producers said they were looking into the allegations of a toxic workplace.

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"To all our fans.we see you". Portia's message also included, "Thank you for your support".

The Australian actress concluded her post with the hashtags #stopbotattacks, #IStandWithEllenDeGeneres, #IStandByEllen, #IstandByEllenDeGeneres ‬and #bekindtooneanother, the phrase DeGeneres uses to close out her show.

'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, ' she wrote.

"That will now change and I'm committed to ensuring this does not happen again", she added. "And for that, I am sorry". I have known Ellen for years and I can honestly say that she's one of the dopest people on the f****** planet.

She added: 'As someone who was judged and almost 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.

Perry has appeared on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" 13 times since 2008, according to IMDb. The host added she was "glad the issues at our show were brought to my attention" and that they are "taking steps.to correct them".

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