DeGeneres’ “be kind lady” public image was strung up like a piñata and a lot of people took a swing. Jay Leno was one person who gave her a hug instead. Referring to the scandal that blew up around “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Leno wrote, “I don’t discard a 40-year friendship on hearsay.”
He went on to show support writing, “The Ellen I know has raised over $125 million dollars for charity and has always been a kind and decent person.”
Ellen DeGeneres is the Angel of Kindness
The fan club adores her. For over a decade, A-listers have stood in line to land a guest spot and get some of Ellen’s trademark kindness rubbed off on them.
The show has close to 80 million Twitter followers. “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” YouTube channel is ranked in the top 50 worldwide for subscribers.
Ellen DeGeneres is Cruella de Vil
When the allegations against the show were published all over the Internet, people were shocked, angry, and confused. How could the kindness guru head a production be riddled with misconduct? It didn’t seem possible. The bulk of the chatter around Ellen and her show was generated on Twitter.
Talk show stalwart Jay Leno had her back, but not all celebrities had nice things to say. Andy Richter, another late-night staple we know as Conan O’Brien’s sidekick, did not take Leno’s side.
Andy Richter Distanced Himself from Ellen
While Leno was clearly backing Ellen, running to her side because she was in a lot of hot water, Andy Richter showed up on Twitter to question that kind of support. It was Ashley Black to who he responded.
She claimed that an unhealthy workplace is the norm and blamed higher-ups for looking away if shows are produced timely and under budget. Richter replied to her tweet with this zinger.
Brad Garrett is Sorry, Not Sorry
Social media entrepreneur Ashley Black said, referring to the allegations against “The Ellen Show,” that a toxic workplace in media is normal, but Brad Garrett from “Everybody Loves Raymond” categorically refuted that stance. The comedian who had guested “Ellen” six times as well as co-starred on “Finding Nemo” tweeted, “Sorry but it comes from the top @TheEllenShow.”
He said it was “common knowledge.” He also made the point that there was more than one person that he knew personally that was treated badly by the host.