Ellen DeGeneres’ brother, Vance, is speaking out about the ongoing controversy surrounding the workplace culture on the “Ellen DeGeneres Show.” Vance, 65, penned a couple of social media posts to defend his sister.
On Tuesday, Vance voiced his support for Ellen. “If you think Ellen would knowingly allow bullying or racism on her show, you don’t know my sister,” he writes. “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.”
Furthermore, Vance took to Facebook to blast Ellen’s critics. “Ok, I need to say something. My sister is being viciously attacked,” he writes. “And let me assure you – it is all bulls—.”
While his tweet received a larger reaction, Vance claims his initial Facebook post about the situation garnered a small response. “I put up a simple statement yesterday that said ‘I stand by Ellen,'” he writes. “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 by writing: “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.”
Ellen DeGeneres’ Brother and Other Celebrities Defend Her
Ellen DeGeneres’ brother adds his name to the list of the comedian’s friends that defended her on social media. Earlier this week, pop superstar Katy Perry tweeted out her support for DeGeneres.
“I know I can’t speak for anyone else’s experience besides my own but I want to acknowledge that I have only ever had positive takeaways from my time with Ellen & on the @theellenshow,” Perry tweeted. “I think we all have witnessed the light & continual fight for equality that she has brought to the world through her platform for decades. Sending you love & a hug, friend @TheEllenShow.”
Vance’s comments come after dozens of former employees on the “Ellen DeGeneres Show” accused several of the show’s top executives of sexual misconduct and harassment. Ex-employees ranging from longtime senior-level employees to production assistants allegedly witnessed the abuses on numerous occasions.
Following the controversial Buzzfeed report, WarnerMedia launched an internal investigation.