Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Kevin Hart Claps Back at ‘Bullying and Racism’ Allegations Against Ellen DeGeneres

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*Kevin Hart posted a lengthy message on Instagram in which he defended Ellen DeGeneres against claims that she mistreats staff on her daytime talk show. 

“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—ing planet,” Hart wrote. “She has treated my family and my team with love and respect from day 1.”

DeGeneres issued an apology last week amid allegations that she fosters a toxic workplace environment. 

Numerous former and current staffers spilled the tea in a Buzzfeed article about the bullying, racism and sexual harassment going down behind-the-scenes. The article prompted an internal investigation by WarnerMedia.

DeGeneres sent a lengthy memo to staff saying she is “glad the issues at our show were brought to my attention” and that they are “taking steps … to correct” them.

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The comedian began her message, “Hey everybody – it’s Ellen. On day one of our show, I told everyone in our first meeting that The Ellen DeGeneres Show would be a place of happiness – no one would ever raise their voice, and everyone would be treated with respect. Obviously, something changed, and I am disappointed to learn that this has not been the case. And for that, I am sorry. Anyone who knows me knows it’s the opposite of what I believe and what I hoped for our show,” Ellen wrote, per PEOPLE

“I could not have the success I’ve had without all of your contributions. My name is on the show and everything we do and I take responsibility for that. Alongside Warner Bros, we immediately began an internal investigation and we are taking steps, together, to correct the issues. As we’ve grown exponentially, I’ve not been able to stay on top of everything and relied on others to do their jobs as they knew I’d want them done. Clearly some didn’t. That will now change and I’m committed to ensuring this does not happen again,” she continued.

Hart, in his IG message about the “Ellen Show” controversy, said: “The internet has become a crazy world of negativity….we are falling in love with people’s downfall. It’s honestly sad…When did we get here? I stand by the ones that I know and that I love,” Hhe wrote. 

He went on to state:  “Looking forward to the future where we get back to loving one another….this hate s— has to stop. Hopefully, it goes out of style soon….This post is not meant to disregard the feelings of others and their experiences….It’s simply to show what my experiences have been with my friend. Love you for life Ellen.”

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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