Ellen DeGeneres' Brother Calls 'Bull****' on Criticism of His TV Host Sister

Buzzfeed Editor Joins KNX In-Depth To Discuss Breaking the Story

Rebekah Sager
August 05, 2020 - 3:58 pm
Ellen DeGeneres (GETTY)

Ellen DeGeneres (GETTY)


Entertainment editor for BuzzFeed News Krystie Yandoli, who broke the story of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" staffers logging dozens of stories of a toxic work environment, joined KNX In-Depth Wednesday.

She talked about the story and the latest on what's happened:

As multiple claims by former and current employees of a dysfunctional and toxic workplace at "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," continue to rage, the talk show host's movie producer brother defended his sister on social media Tuesday. 

Vance DeGeneres tweeted: "If you think Ellen would knowingly allow bullying or racism on her show, you don't know my sister. She has been and continues to be a bright light in a dark world. She's one of the kindest, most generous people you'll ever meet. And one of the funniest."

Vance DeGeneres then turned to Facebook where he slapped back at Ellen's detractors, calling their accusations "bull****." 

Vance then went on to challenge his Facebook friends to support his sister or unfriend him, saying, "If you don't support Ellen, then you don't support me, so please unfriend me. I'm sick and tired of my sister being attacked. She always has—and always will—stand against bullying of any kind. She's a smart, strong woman who has made a positive difference in the world. And to my friends who did respond with support for Ellen and my family, thank you so much. It means a lot."

Also on Tuesday, Tony Okungbowa, known as DJ Tony, who worked on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," has opened up about his experience on the show.

Okungbowa posted his supporters of DeGeneres' crew on Instagram saying, "did experience and feel the toxicity of the environment" during his stint as the show's resident DJ. 

Last week, DeGeneres confronted claims and apologized to her staff

“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,” DeGeneres wrote. Something changed, she said, “and for that, I am sorry.”

DeGeneres wrote in a memo to staff that she has “deep compassion” for people who are treated unfairly or disregarded. Coming from someone who has been judged for “who I am,” said DeGeneres, who has been public about the difficulties she's faced for being openly gay.

“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 said in the memo.

"It’s been way too long, but we’re finally having conversations about fairness and justice," DeGeneres said, adding that she would push herself and others to “learn and grow.”

A spokesperson for Warner Bros. Television declined to comment on the matter, and a rep for the show did not immediately respond to a request for comment, Variety reports.

Sources have confirmed the investigation, but WarnerMedia and Telepictures have declined to comment, according to The Hollywood Reporter. 

A show spokesperson told TODAY, DeGeneres' staff returned to work Monday virtually, but the crew has not yet returned.