Ryan Phillippe throws shade at Ellen DeGeneres on Instagram amid ‘toxic’ allegations

Lawrence Kim
October 29, 2020

"NOT RYAN PHILLIPPE SLYLY DISSING ELLEN", someone reacted on Twitter.

Starting with the October 28 show, 40 fans will be seated in the talk show's audience section alongside 70 virtual attendees.

It is notable that, according to Nielsen, viewership for daytime talk shows was down pretty much across the board with a few exceptions.

In April, news broke that DeGeneres' crew was "furious" about a lack of communication over their pay during the coronavirus shutdown.

The "Ellen DeGeneres Show" host has been at the center of a scandal after BuzzFeed News published a report in July which detailed staffers' negative experiences on the "Ellen" set, including claims of being penalized for taking medical leave, instances of racial microaggressions and fear of retribution for raising complaints. Variety reported an "employee relations group and a third party firm" would conduct the investigation, interviewing current and former employees about their time on set.

The show is averaging about 1.7 million viewers this season, almost 38% less than a year ago, before she had been hit with accusations from both current and former employees that she had fostered a toxic workplace.

This comes after Ellen addressed and apologized for the toxic work environment multiple times.

She later addressed the situation on the show as well but many are still not convinced she was honest. And on her 18th season premiere, she told the audience, "I learned that things happened here that never should have happened. I take that very seriously and I want to say I am so sorry to the people who were affected".

"I understand I am in a place of power and freedom, and that I recognize that with this comes responsibility".

It all started with the man doing an outdoor workout and coming across a billboard for The Ellen DeGeneres Show while he was out and about in Los Angeles. Obviously, something changed, and I'm disappointed to learn this has not been the case.

Like Ryan, several other stars have spoken out against Ellen, including Everybody Loves Raymond actor Brad Garrett. "Know more than one who were treated horribly by her.⁩ Common knowledge", Garrett tweeted on July 30.

"True story. It is", she tweeted.

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