Ellen DeGeneres’s brother Vance has joined a long list of people coming to her defence after accusations of a “toxic” workplace at her talk show emerged – but he ended up facing backlash for trying to downplay the allegations.
In case you missed the headlines, in mid-July, Buzzfeed published allegations of "racism, fear and intimidation" committed by senior producers on the show towards other staff members.
The publication then released a second article which included allegations of "rampant" sexual harassment behind the scenes on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Soon afterwards, production company WarnerMedia removed some staff from the show, while Ellen sent an email to others in which she wrote: "I'm committed to ensuring this does not happen again".
The allegations detailed by BuzzFeed aren't aimed at Ellen herself, although one interviewee reportedly said:
If [Ellen] wants to have her own show and have her name on the show title, she needs to be more involved to see what's going on
Rumours of a "toxic workplace culture" on her show have circulated for years.
Now, on Tuesday, Vance called attacks on his famous sibling “bulls**t” in a social media post.
On Twitter he said:
Then on Facebook he added:
"My sister is being viciously attacked. And let me assure you – it is all bulls**t," he said, before asking those who do not support Ellen to unfriend him.
I'm sick and tired of my sister being attacked. She always has – and always will – stand against bullying of any kind. She's a smart, strong woman who has made a positive difference in the world."
And to my friends who did respond with support for Ellen and my family, thank you so much. It means a lot.
But people didn't like it and accused him of not sticking to the point.
However, several former celebrity guests and other associates of Ellen have spoken out against her, including Back to the Future actor Lea Thompson, Everyone Loves Raymond actor Brad Garrett, Gilmore Guys podcast host Kevin T. Porter and Nikkie de Jager, the YouTuber better known as NikkieTutorials.
Tom Majercak, a bodyguard who protected Ellen at the 2014 Oscars ceremony, has also accused her of being "cold, sly and demeaning".
Again, the allegations that have been raised aren’t actually against Ellen personality or character, rather the workplace that is provided behind-the-scenes of her show.
Meanwhile, there have been calls for Ellen to replaced by a number of celebrities.