Kyle and Jackie O have defended Ellen DeGeneres as the TV host faces accusations of a ‘toxic’ work environment on her show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Numerous former staff members have come forward with allegations against the show, including former producer Hedda Muskat, who spoke on Channel 7’s Sunrise this morning about her experience with the star.
Hedda claimed Ellen would laugh when executive producer Ed Glavin would allegedly talk down to staff, recounting a time where Ellen turned around and said: “Every production needs their dog”.
It seems the KIIS FM hosts couldn’t agree more with Ellen, with Kyle taking to the show this morning to claim that that kind of behaviour comes part-in-parcel with working on such a successful show.
“I see nothing wrong with that. Every production does need its dog. You can’t be all sitting around holding hands, patting each other on the back all the time.This is a daily live television broadcast it’s serious business,” Kyle said.
Jackie O agreed, saying: “I’m with you on that Kyle. It is like that, it is serious, and it’s a lot of hard work and it’s stressful for a lot of people and it would be stressful for Ellen and the producers particularly. Sometimes they do have to be the bad guy.”
Kyle went on to say: This is going to surprise a lot of woke people. Sometimes people get in trouble at work for not doing the right thing or doing something too slow or not doing it properly, this is just real life.
Hedda discussed on Sunrise how Ellen reportedly used to tell producers to “get to the point”, which Kyle and Jackie O also thought was fair.
“I know exactly what sort of producer this woman was,” Kyle laughed.
“She was a ‘have a chat,’ wasn’t she,” Jackie O said.
Kyle went on to say that the exact same thing happens with producers at their show, explaining: “Sometimes they come in with the best intentions and they’re not dumb, they just don’t know how to get to the point real quick?” Kyle said.
“I don’t think Ellen disliked this producer,” Jackie O added. “This is normal in this business. I just feel like she’s being unfairly targeted.
Kyle agreed: “When you’re dealing with big shows that are at the top of their game, clearly this is one of those shows, clearly Ellen is one of those shows, you haven’t got time for pissants.”
“The fact that Ellen was sitting there hearing pitches is actually quite impressive,” Jackie O said, claiming it usually goes through the executive producer who hears the pitches.
“I refuse to even hear a pitch, “ Kyle said, with Jackie adding: “Kyle would never listen to a pitch from staff.”
At the end of the segment, Jackie asked: “Are we bad for saying this?”, to which Kyle responded: “No, it’s the truth. Every show’s doing it.”
A-listers come out to support Ellen
It seems Kyle and Jackie O aren’t the only ones putting their support behind the embattled TV star, with Katy Perry, Kevin Hart and Diane Keaton all rushing to her defence recently.
However, they were all slammed on social media with many criticising the celebrities for speaking out.
“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. 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” Katy Perry wrote.
Many people commented slamming Katy, with one person writing: “Yeah but I feel like you would be treated positively bc you’re famous”.
Another person wrote: “I feel like part of the reason Katy Perry may have had a more positive experience with Ellen DeGeneres than the interns and less-paid staff workers coming forward about their toxic work environment is because she's like...Katy Perry”
Comedian Kevin Hart also took to his Instagram account to post a photo of himself on Ellen’s show, alongside the caption: “It’s crazy to see my friend go thru what she’s going thru publicly. I have known Ellen for years and I can honestly say that she’s one of the dopest people on the f****** planet.”
“Yeah, you don’t work for Ellen though. You’re a celebrity guest. Very different,” one person wrote on his post.
Another fan simply commented saying: “Delete this”.
Ellen Show faces a stream of allegations
The Ellen DeGeneres Show is reportedly under investigation following multiple allegations of its “toxic work environment”.
Over the past few months, the show has been plagued by rumours and recently, a number of staff and former workers on the daytime talk show spoke out anonymously to Buzzfeed, slamming the reported mistreatment they experienced during their time at the show.
There have also been allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment against a number of the show's senior staff members.