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Ellen DeGeneres' Wife Portia de Rossi

Ellen DeGeneres' Wife Portia de Rossi Is Standing By Her Amid Show Controversy

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By Clark Sparky

While many fans of Ellen DeGeneres are turning their backs on the daytime talk show host amid allegations of a toxic work environment at her show, one person who isn't is her wife Portia de Rossi.

On Monday, she made her first public comments about DeGeneres since NBC's parent company WarnerMedia announced last week that it, along with an outside third party firm, is launching an investigation into "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

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"To all our fans....we see you. Thank you for your support," de Rossi captioned an Instagram post alongside a graphic that read simply, "I Stand By Ellen." She also added a handful of hashtags: "#stopbotattacks. #IStandWithEllenDeGeneres, #IStandByEllen, ‪#IstandByEllenDeGeneres‬, #ellendegeneres, #ellen, #theellenshow, #ellenshow, #bekindtooneanother."

People in the comments seemed very torn about the message. While some said that they, too, are standing with DeGeneres, many thought de Rossi's post was an attempt to delegitimize the complaints current and former staff have leveled against DeGeneres and her show's staff.


There have been several investigative pieces published recently the site anonymous sources close to the show that claim an environment of racism and sexual harassment is fostered behind the scenes at the "Ellen" show.

Because of this, there's been widespread speculation that the show will be cancelled. However last week, executive producer Andy Lassner said on Twitter that "nobody is going off the air."


Lassner, along with the show's other producers, released a statement last week in which they said they are "heartbroken" about the allegations.

"Over the course of nearly two decades, 3,000 episodes, and employing over 1000 staff members, we have strived to create an open, safe, and inclusive work environment," the EPs wrote.

"We are truly heartbroken and sorry to learn that even one person in our production family has had a negative experience. It's not who we are and not who we strive to be, and not the mission Ellen has set for us."

DeGeneres also sent a note to the show's staff this week in which she promised to "correct the issues" that have been brought to her attention.

"As we've grown exponentially, I've not been able to stay on top of everything and relied on others to do their jobs as they knew I'd want them done. Clearly some didn't,” she wrote. "That will now change and I'm committed to ensuring this does not happen again."

If DeGeneres does end up stepping down or being fired, it's been reported that NBC would pursue late night host James Corden to be her replacement.

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