Katy Perry is siding with Ellen DeGeneres amidst the recent controversy surrounding the comedian’s talk show. The pop star took to Twitter this week to share what a positive experience she’s had on the show.
Katy’s comments come in the midst of reports of a toxic working environment on the set of Ellen’s talk show. WarnerMedia has reportedly launched an internal investigation into the allegations.
Katy Perry Defends Ellen DeGeneres On Twitter
“I know I can’t speak for anyone else’s experience besides my own,” Katy wrote on Twitter early Tuesday, “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,” Katy continued, adding that she was sending Ellen “love & a hug.”
Unfortunately, others don’t feel the same way Katy does. Several former employees told Buzzfeed News of the bad experiences they had on set. One called Ellen’s “be kind” mantra “all for show.” Some said they were told by managers not to interact with Ellen if they saw her in the office.
One source argued that, while much of the problem had to do with the producers, Ellen “really needs to take more responsibility” for what happens on her show. A former employee detailed the racist comments she received, while another shared that they were fired after taking medical leave over a suicide attempt.
Fans Outraged At Katy Defending Ellen
Many fans on Twitter took issue with Katy Perry’s defense of Ellen, telling her to “delete” the post and questioning whether she should have shared such an opinion ahead of her upcoming album’s release.
One fan said Katy’s “privilege is showing.” Another pointed out that her experience as a celebrity guest would likely be different than the everyday experiences of the show’s behind-the-scenes employees. Someone else said, “Just because someone has been good to you doesn’t mean they can’t be bad to someone else.”
Meanwhile, Ellen herself responded to the reports last week, sending an apologetic memo to staff in which she said she was “disappointed to learn” that people hadn’t been treated with respect on set.
“I’m also learning that people who work with me and for me are speaking on my behalf and misrepresenting who I am and that has to stop,” she added.
Warner Bros. also released a statement saying they had interviewed current and former employees, and were “disappointed that the primary findings of the investigation indicated some deficiencies related to the show’s day-to-day management.”