Katy Perry Sends Words of Support to Ellen DeGeneres Amid Her Show Scandal
Katy Perry has come to the defense of embattled Ellen DeGeneres, but she made it clear she could only speak for herself.
On Twitter, the pregnant singer pointed out how the talk show host has used her platform to fight for a good cause. She wrote:
"I think we all have witnessed… the continual fight for equality that she has brought to the world…"
The 35-year-old singer showed her support for the "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" host amid claims pertaining to a toxic work environment on the set, including of DeGeneres being "mean" to staff.
In her August 4 Twitter post, Perry stressed that she only had good experiences with DeGeneres and on her show. "Sending you love [and] hug, friend," she ended her post.
Findings from the network's investigation pointed to some deficiencies in the show's day-to-day management.
The "Firework" singer, however, said that she could not speak for everyone. A number of staff have anonymously shared stories of how they suffered from a toxic work environment behind the show's cameras.
The 62-year-old host has issued an apology, in which she thanked those who brought attention to the problem and made a promise to "learn and grow."
But she also noted that there are people who are speaking on her behalf and are misrepresenting her, adding that it has to stop.
1/2 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— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) August 4, 2020
In view of the allegations, Warner Bros. Television conducted an internal investigation in which current and former employees were interviewed about their experiences working for the show, which has run since 2003.
The accusations hurled at the show's management include racial microaggressions on the set, staff being penalized for taking medical leave, and fear of retribution for raising complaints.
In a statement, the network revealed that findings from the investigation pointed to some deficiencies in the show's day-to-day management.
2/2 to the world through her platform for decades. Sending you love & a hug, friend @TheEllenShow ♥️— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) August 4, 2020
During the interview, the "American Idol" judge opened up about her engagement to actor Orlando Bloom and her past misunderstanding with fellow pop star Taylor Swift.
Perry, who is previously married to comedian Russell Brand, is expecting her first child with Bloom, whom she became engaged with in February 2019.
In March this year, the "Teenage Dream" singer said that she doubted her preparedness to become a mother a couple of years ago.
But that changed this year, which she considered the "right time." She revealed her pregnancy in the music video for her song, "Never Worn White," last March.