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Ellen DeGeneres has received her fair share of backlash as of late. Over the past several months, the TV personality's show became the center of controversy when former and employees made claims of a toxic workplace culture that included sexual misconduct. This led to a wave of scrutiny from commentators across Hollywood and the internet. DeGeneres has since made behind-the-scenes changes and apologized during her first show back in the studio. Now, actor Ryan Philippe is throwing a bit of shade at her.
Ryan Phillippe recently stepped out for a workout and, along the way, the 46-year-old actor passed by a poster promoting The Ellen DeGeneres Show. In his Instagram stories (via Us Weekly), he posted a picture with a short caption:
And remember to be kind…. Wait
In just a few words, Phillippe definitely made his thoughts on Ellen quite clear to his social media followers. The actor actually hasn’t appeared on the talk show in some time, as his last appearance was back in 2011. However, his ex-wife, Reese Witherspoon, has appeared on the show quite frequently and appears to be good friends with DeGeneres.
Ryan Phillippe isn’t the only star to have commented in regard to the allegations that faced Ellen DeGeneres. In the midst of the controversy, actress and director Lea Thompson shared one of the initial stories about the claim and stated that it was a true. Actor Brad Garrett also attributed the claims to Ellen, saying that he knows “more than one person” who was allegedly mistreated by the host. And while he didn’t speak directly to DeGeneres’ character, former show DJ Tony Okungbowa did say that he could “feel the toxicity of the environment” while he was working on the show.
On the other side of the situation, there have been a number of celebrities who have come out in defense of DeGeneres. Kevin Hart and Sofia Vergara are among the stars who have shown support for her since the initial allegations were reported. The talk show host’s wife and brother have also spoken out on her behalf.
At one point, cancellation rumors began to circulate, while others theorized that DeGeneres would be replaced. These rumors were eventually shot down a by producer and, some time later, WarnerMedia chief Jason Kilar also stated that DeGeneres had the company’s support moving forward.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show has since returned to production, with reports indicating that the crew appeared to be pleased with how the return episode played out. Though it has been reported that the show is facing some ratings problems following the backlash. It remains to be seen if any other actors like Ryan Phillippe chime in on the matter and how ratings will hold up as the season moves forward.