Portia de Rossi speaks out to support wife

' wife Portia de Rossi is thanking fans for 'standing' with them amid claims the talk show star created a 'toxic' work environment rife with bullying, racism and sexual harassment.

The Arrested Development actress, 47, shared a graphic that read 'I stand with Ellen' on social media Monday.

She captioned the post: 'To all our fans....we see you. Thank you for your support.'

By her side: Portia de Rossi thanked fans while speaking up in support of wife Ellen DeGeneres amid claims the talk show host fostered a 'toxic' workplace culture full of bullying, racism and sexual harassment. The couple are seen in January 2020 above

By her side: Portia de Rossi thanked fans while speaking up in support of wife amid claims the talk show host fostered a 'toxic' workplace culture full of bullying, racism and sexual harassment. The couple are seen in January 2020 above

Her hashtags continued to send a message, reading:  #stopbotattacks, #IStandWithEllenDeGeneres, #IStandByEllen, and #IstandByEllenDeGeneres.

Portia, who has been married to Ellen for 12 years, also added '#bekindtooneanother,' which is how DeGeneres closes every episode of her show. 

It was unclear what the reference to 'bot attacks' meant.

Portia's short statement comes after Ellen wrote a substantial memo to her employees, saying that she and Warner Bros. are 'taking steps, together, to correct the issues.'

Dozens of staff on The Show have claimed that racism, bullying and sexual harassment was rife at the studio.

Kindness counts: Portia, who has been married to Ellen for 12 years, also added '#bekindtooneanother,' which is how DeGeneres closes every episode of her show

Kindness counts: Portia, who has been married to Ellen for 12 years, also added '#bekindtooneanother,' which is how DeGeneres closes every episode of her show

Keeping a low profile: DeGeneres was seen in Santa Monica on Saturday

Keeping a low profile: DeGeneres was seen in Santa Monica on Saturday 

The show's parent company WarnerMedia last week launched an investigation after the employees went public with their grievances.

Last month one current and ten former employees of the daytime chat show accused its three executive producers, Ed Glavin, Mary Connelly and Andy Lassner, of 'bullying.' 

The executive producers issued a statement saying: 'We are truly heartbroken and sorry to learn that even one person in our production family has had a negative experience.'  

Lassner also tweeted: 'Nobody is going off the air.' 

Jonathan Norman, a co-executive producer, is alleged to have 'groomed' a former employee by taking him to concerts and showering him with other gifts and perks before attempting to perform oral sex on him.

Kevin Leman, the show's head writer and executive producer, is alleged to have solicited oral sex from an employee. Others say they witnessed Leman grope another colleague.

And Ed Glavin, an executive producer, allegedly 'had a reputation for being handsy with women,' according to former employees. 

The former staffers told BuzzFeed News that they believe Ellen knew that several of her senior showrunners and producers were alleged to have committed sexual misconduct against junior-level employees.  

Leman and Norman have denied all allegations. Glavin has not addressed the claim publicly yet but is stepping down from his position, according to Variety. 

BULLYING, RACISM AND A 'TOXIC WORK ENVIRONMENT': THE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST ELLEN

Ten former and one current member of Ellen's staff alleged they were bullied, fired for attending family funerals or taking sick leave, while one woman claimed to have walked off the job after facing comments about her race.

'That 'be kind' bulls*** only happens when the cameras are on. It's all for show,' one anonymous staff member said.

Staff said they were told not to talk to DeGeneres herself while she was on set, and that the day-to-day running of the show was left to producers.

The employees said they did not have first-hand experience of DeGeneres being unpleasant, but said she needs to take more responsibility for how her employees are treated.

However, allegations have mounted from other sources against the host herself - sparked by a Twitter thread from comedian Kevin T. Porter

Calling DeGeneres 'notoriously one of the meanest people alive', he asked people for 'the most insane stories you've heard about Ellen being mean'.

The tweet received 2,600 replies and saw Porter give $600 to an LA foodbank, after promising to donate $2 for every legitimate mean story.

Claims included that staff are required to chew gum before speaking to her because of her 'sensitive nose', and that she polices staff lunch orders and bans anyone from eating fish or meat.

Separately, security worker Tom Majercak - who was assigned to be Ellen's bodyguard at the 2014 Oscars - said she was 'sly' and 'demeaning' to him.

'Ellen is the one person that I've been assigned to - and I've been assigned to quite a few celebrities - that has never taken the time to say hi to me,' he said.

'She's not the person she portrays to be that she's playing off of society.'

sonos sonos One (Gen 2) - Voice Controlled Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa Built-in - Black read more

Advertisement

Warner Bros., the studio that runs the show, has declined to comment on the sexual harassment allegations, citing an ongoing internal investigation. 

Ellen said she was 'taking steps... to correct' issues with her employees in the staff-wide memo from last week.

'On day one of our show, I told everyone in our first meeting that The 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,' Ellen said in the memo. 

'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

read more from dailymail.....

PREV Olympia Valance announces her engagement to AFL star boyfriend Thomas ...
NEXT Steve McQueen says he battled 'institutional racism' at school