Former "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Lisa Vanderpump is the latest in a slew of celebrities to speak in defense of Ellen DeGeneres amid allegations that her talk show is a toxic work environment.
Reality star Lisa Vanderpump candidly shared her feelings when the administrator of a fan page asked her directly where she stood regarding the controversy around "The Ellen Degeneres Show."
It all started after BuzzFeed News published an article on July 16 that detailed allegations made by former staffers of the show. They alleged a "toxic work environment," and the article caused both the famous and non-famous to take sides.
In light of all the declarations, the fan page's administrator wanted to know how Lisa Vanerpump felt about the recent developments, especially about Ellen's treatment of others - which remains a hot topic. In response, Vanderpump replied:
“I honestly found her to be lovely. Twice I’ve appeared, also I’ve met her randomly a few times, had great conversations with her.”
After the publication of the allegations against Ellen and her talk show, she wrote a heartfelt memo to all her staff. While Ellen apologized for the mistreatment of others under her watch, she felt grateful that the issues were brought to her attention.
However, Vanderpump and her husband, Ken Todd, have other pressing matters of concern. The couple shares a long-lasting marriage of almost three decades and two beautiful children, Pandora and Max, but now they face the sharing of a heavy burden as well.
Todd and Vanderpump found a shared passion in 26 restaurants they designed and opened together over the years, but now with the coronavirus pandemic, everything changed.
With quarantine rules ongoing in Los Angeles, the couple saw the closure of their restaurants, which includes the PUMP Lounge, TomTom, and SUR Restaurant. While several of Vanderpump's followers on social media didn't agree with her defense of Ellen, some other celebrities didn't either.
Following Ellen's apology to her staff, along with promises to do better and right the wrongs, actress Lea Thompson agreed with Brad Garrett when he spoke out against Ellen writing:
"Sorry but it comes from the top @TheEllenShow Know more than one who were treated horribly by her. Common knowledge."
Those who have stood up for Ellen before Vanderpump, include the comedian and actor Kevin Hart, Jay Leno, actress Diane Keaton, Alec and Hilaria Baldwin, Ashton Kutcher, Katy Perry, and her wife, Portia de Rossi.
As people took their stand one way or another, de Rossi took to social media to acknowledge those behind Ellen and to thank them for their support.
Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres attend the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 05, 2020, in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images.
The allegations prompted an investigation that led to a surprising announcement from Ellen DeGeneres as she addressed her staff again recently.
While three of the producers on her show received the boot, her resident DJ Stephen "tWitch" Boss received a promotion as a new co-executive producer on her how.