Tony Okungbowa, Ellen DeGeneres’s former DJ, has gone to social media to speak out about his time on the show. In an Instagram post, he reflected on his time working for Ellen and agrees that the show needs to do better.
He wrote, “Hey Guys, I hope you are all keeping safe out there during these trying times. I have been getting calls asking me about the Ellen Degeneres Show and I would like to address the time I spent there. I was on air talent from 2003-2006 and from 2007 -2013.”
“While I am grateful for the opportunity it afforded me, I did experience and feel the toxicity of the environment and I stand with my former colleagues in their quest to create a healthier and more inclusive workplace as the show moves forward.”
Along with Tony Okungbowa, many others have spoken out since the negative allegations have come out about Ellen and her show, including Kevin Hart, Katy Perry, Portia de Rossi, and Brad Garrett.
Recently, her brother also came forward to defend the talk show host. On Twitter, he wrote, “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.”
On Facebook, he added, “Ok, I need to say something. My sister is being viciously attacked. And let me assure you – it is all bulls—t. I put up a simple statement yesterday that said ‘I stand by Ellen.’ Only a handful of my Facebook ‘friends’ responded to it. 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.”