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Ellen DeGeneres' Brother Says Allegations Are 'All Bullst' In Passionate Defense Of His Sister

By Clark Sparky

Ellen DeGeneres' older brother Vance is offering up a fierce defense of his sister amid multiple allegations that she has fostered an abusive and toxic workplace environment on her Emmy-winning daytime talk show. NBC's parent company, WarnerMedia, announced last week its launching an investigation into the claims, but Vance says none of the specific allegations against Ellen are true.

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"If you think Ellen would knowingly allow bullying or racism on her show, you don’t know my sister," Vance tweeted on Tuesday. "She has been and continues to be a bright light in a dark world. She’s one of the kindest, most generous people you’ll ever meet. And one of the funniest."

He also took to Facebook with an even more passionate defense of Ellen.

"Ok, I need to say something. My sister is being viciously attacked. And let me assure you - it is all bullshit," he wrote.

"I put up a simple statement yesterday that said 'I stand by Ellen.' Only a handful of my Facebook 'friends' responded to it. If you don't support Ellen, then you don't support me, so please unfriend me," he continued.

"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."


While DeGeneres herself may not have been abusive, former employees have claimed that she stood by and did nothing when abuses were happening against employees under the watch.

Former producer, Hedda Muskat, detailed some of the behavior she witnessed first hand.

Muskat said she was present when executive producer Ed Glavin when on a tirade against one of the show's staff members. "He just went off on them. His whole face turned red. We were stunned," she said.

Instead of stopping the behavior, Muskat says that DeGeneres laughed and seemed to encourage it, calling Glavin her "dog."

"I was waiting for Ellen to say something. 'Whoa, Ed, don’t talk like that,' Do you know what she did? She giggled."

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DeGeneres has admitted that there are problems behind the scenes and wrote a letter to her staff on July 30 in which she vowed to address and correct the problems.

"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. Some didn't," she wrote. "That will now change, and I'm committed to ensuring this does not happen again."

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