That bugs me if someone is saying that because it’s an outright lie. The first day I said: ‘The one thing I want is everyone here to be happy and proud of where they work, and if not, don’t work here.’ No one is going to raise their voice or not be grateful. That’s the rule to this day.
However, several former celebrity guests and other associates of DeGeneres have spoken out against her, including Back to the Future actress 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 DeGeneres at the 2014 Oscars ceremony, has also accused her of being "cold, sly and demeaning".
But some people have leapt to DeGeneres's defence.
And it hasn't always gone well for them.
Here's everyone who has publicly defended DeGeneres and her show so far...
1. Katy Perry
Pop star Katy Perry took to Twitter to defend DeGeneres, writing "I have only ever had positive takeaways from my time with Ellen".
1/2 I know I can’t speak for anyone else’s experience besides my own but I want to acknowledge that I have only eve… https://t.co/jOqZNCvn0q
She also alluded to DeGeneres's "continual fight for equality": DeGeneres was awarded the presidential medal of freedom, the highest civilian honour in the United States, by president Obama in 2016, largely for her LGBTQ+ activism.
But many of Perry's followers hit back at her, pointing out that the allegations she was attempting to defend DeGeneres and her show from were made by staff, not multi-millionaire guests.
@katyperry @TheEllenShow you're rich and well known Katy. you may have had positive experience, but her staffs & co… https://t.co/Gax3leHCXF
Stand By Me actor Jerry O'Connell commented: "Love Ellen and Portia. Always have. Always will." He repeated this caption in a post of his own.
Singer Brandi Carlile added:
Ellen has made my life so much easier for me and other LGBTQ people. I'll never stop being grateful for that, but more importantly she's NEVER stopped making life better and easier for all kinds of people. This attack is unprecedented.
De Rossi didn't say much else in her 'I stand by Ellen' Instagram post, but her hashtag #stopbotattacks spoke volumes.
Her post attracted ridicule.
anyone who is not a fan of Ellen is a bot. This logic about technology makes Portia a woman in STEM 💕believe women… https://t.co/YAkxmBtfS3