America's Got Talent judge Sofia Vergara earned praise from her fans after speaking out about the viral videos from her appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The clips came under increased scrutiny because host Ellen DeGeneres joked about the Modern Family star's Colombian accent, which some found offensive. DeGeneres' show is under investigation for a toxic work environment, leading to three of her senior producers to be fired.
On Friday afternoon, Vergara shared a clip from a 2015 stop on Ellen, in which the two stars discussed a recent CoverGirl commercial they starred in together. During the interview, DeGeneres joked about Vergara having trouble with the script due to her accent. "Two comedians having fun with each other to entertain. I was never a victim guys, I was always in on the joke," Vergara tweeted alongside the clip.
Vergara is not the first star to support DeGeneres while her show comes under the microscope. Singer Katy Perry has been one of DeGeneres' biggest supporters but later pointed out her comments were based on her own experience. "I started that tweet off not undermining anyone else's experience," Perry told the Los Angeles Times earlier this week, referring to her initial tweets supporting DeGeneres. "I wanted to only speak from my own experience. I have over 100 million people that follow me on Twitter, so not everyone is going to agree with me. And I'm not here to make everyone agree with me."
Uhm she can tolerate anything she wants especially since they plan the jokes 🙄 she makes fun of ellen for being old and Ellen makes fun of her voice. They’re close friends get over it.— spreadwhatthemediawont (@spreadwhatthem1) August 22, 2020
Following WarnerMedia's investigation, Ellen executive producers Ed Glavin and Kevin Leman and co-executive producer Jonathan Norman were fired. All three were mentioned in a July 30 BuzzFeed News article that included allegations from former staffers of sexual misconduct and harassment. DeGeneres was reportedly "in tears" when she spoke with staffers about the firing.prevnext
It is about her when people and the media drag her into it and try to make her a victim.— James Drew (@JamesDr26379739) August 22, 2020
I love you BOTH so much and when I heard these comments i was so stunned. Comedy and entertainment isn't for everyone.— mars 🦋 (@marsthedreamer) August 21, 2020
DeGeneres also sent a note to her staff, apologizing again. "I'm not perfect," the host said. "I'm multi-layered and I learn from my mistakes. I care about each and every one of you. I'm grateful for each and every one of you." The Ellen DeGeneres Show Season 18 was scheduled to premiere on Sept. 9, but the show has been delayed until Sept. 14.prevnext
thank you for speaking up for Ellen and just trying to be decent and fair! You are wonderful!— Alex Garbo (@alex_garbo) August 21, 2020
Very kind of you to stand up for a friend!! Hope to see you in the show in season 18!!— carmina (@carmina710921) August 21, 2020