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Ellen DeGeneres’ ex Anne Heche says ‘listen’ to those who have worked with host amid ‘toxic workplace' claims
Ellen DeGeneres ex-girlfriend Anne Heche says people should ‘listen’ to Ellen’s staff (Picture: Getty)

Ellen DeGeneres’ ex-girlfriend Anne Heche has shared her thoughts about the star’s ongoing ‘toxic workplace’ scandal.

Anne and Ellen dated from 1997 to 2000 and the actress admitted she believes people should listen to the staff who have chosen to speak out.

Ellen, 62, has been at the centre of accusations in recent weeks, following claims that staff members were mistreated by producers.

A number of former employees alleged that The Ellen Show was a ‘toxic’ workplace, with accusations including accounts of intimidation and racism.

Speaking to Mr. Warburton magazine, Anne admitted she had not ‘spoken to Ellen in years’ but she suggested people should ‘listen to those who have’ been around the star recently.

The 51-year-old Donnie Brasco star continued: ‘If I’m standing someplace and I don’t like what’s going on there and I stay there, it’s my fault. 


Ellen DeGeneres’ ex Anne Heche
Ellen and Anne dated from 1997 to 2000 (Picture: Dave Allocca/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images)

‘So what are the actions that got me there and why can’t I get out of it easily if that’s not something that I want to be engaged in?’

She added: ‘Ellen is standing where she walks, and that is hers to continue that journey.’

But Anne spoke highly of her ex as she admitted that the period they dated was a ‘beautiful part’ of her life.


Ellen DeGeneres’ ex Anne Heche
The actress has not spoken to Ellen in years (Picture: JIM RUYMEN/AFP via Getty Images)

The actress explained: ‘I was a part of a revolution that created social change, and I could not have done that without falling in love with her.’

Anne’s comment came after Elle was pictured with Kevin Hart, one of the celebrities that have publicly spoken out in defence of the TV host.


Ellen DeGeneres’ ex Anne Heche
Anne said her relationship with Ellen was a ‘beautiful’ time in her life (Picture: Kurt Krieger/Corbis via Getty Images)

Following the claims, Ellen received public praise from the likes of Katy Perry, Scooter Braun, Octavia Spencer, Ashton Kutcher and Alec Baldwin.

Wife Portia de Rossi has also publicly shown her support for Ellen and shared an Instagram post reading: ‘I stand by Ellen,’ to her page, while thanking fans for their support.

After the recent allegations came to light, Ellen penned an apology, where she said she takes ‘full responsibility’ for the working environment at The Ellen Show, as her name is the brand.

She claimed she had no idea what had gone on behind-the-scenes and is now working with WarnerMedia to get rid of the ‘toxic’ environment.

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