In response to the backlash from Porter’s tweet that DeGeneres was “one of the meanest people alive,” many celebrities supported her on social media.
On March 22, 2020, actor Ever Carradine tweeted her support for DeGeneres, revealing that the show host had “moved mountains” so that her husband, musician Coby Brown, could perform on the “Ellen Show” before his cancer treatment.
On July 31, 2020, record executive Scooter Braun tweeted and posted on Instagram that DeGeneres “is a kind, thoughtful, courageous human being who stands for what is right and highlights on her show the best of us. She has helped change the views for equality.” Both posts have since been deleted.
On August 2, 2020, Argentine polo player Nacho Figueras supported DeGeneres on Instagram, stating that “she makes the world a better place for millions of people everyday and we cannot [attack] her because something may have not been perfect.”
Figueras also requested that “all the amazing people” that called DeGeneres a friend to speak up on her behalf, tagging Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Lopez, Michelle Obama, P!nk, Sean Hayes, Lady Gaga, Oprah, Katy Perry and Justin Timberlake in the post.
On August 3, 2020, DeGeneres’ spouse, actor Portia De Rossi, posted her support on Instagram, stating: “I Stand By Ellen.” She added the hashtag #stopbotattacks, which seemed to insinuate that some responses to the viral Twitter campaign against DeGeneres had been produced by bots instead of real users; De Rossi has made no direct comment confirming or denying this indirect allegation.
On August 3, 2020, actor Jerry O’Connell posted to Instagram a photo stating, “I Stand By Ellen,” with the caption: “Always have. Always will.”
On August 4, 2020, actor Diane Keaton posted on Instagram: “I always enjoyed my visits to the Ellen Show. I’ve seen how the audience exudes happiness and gratitude. She gives back to so many including me.”
On August 4, 2020 comedian Kevin Hart posted on Instagram, calling DeGeneres “one of the dopest people on the fucking planet” and confirming that “she has treated my family and my team with love and respect from day 1.”
On August 4, 2020, deejay Samantha Ronson posted on Instagram, confirming she supported DeGeneres: “I know social media prefers a negative post, but that’s not me and that’s not my experience with @theellenshow over the 15 years that I have known her and been hired by her. Before you start with the ‘but you’re a celebrity....’ I was hired by her, which makes me an employee, trust me there are plenty of celebrities who hire me and treat me like shit, not her.”
On August 4, 2020, talk show host Jay Leno tweeted: “I don’t discard a 40-year friendship on hearsay,” adding that “the Ellen I know has raised over $125 million dollars for charity and has always been a kind and decent person. I fully support her.”
On August 4, 2020, singer-songwriter Katy Perry tweeted her support for DeGeneres, saying that she had “only ever had positive takeaways from my time with Ellen” and adding that “we have all witnessed the light and continual fight for equality that she has brought / to the world through her platform for decades.”
Actor Ashton Kutcher tweeted on August 4, 2020 that DeGeneres had always treated him and his team with respect and kindness, adding that “she never pandered to celebrity which I always saw as a refreshing honesty.”
On August 4, 2020, actor Alec Baldwin tweeted that “in the entertainment business, sometimes people can go too far in pursuit of a creative or commercial goal. Or people who work for you may do so. Having said that, [Ellen] has always been kind to me. // So...there’s that.”
Vance DeGeneres, Ellen’s brother and a producer on the Ellen Show,” tweeted his support on August 4, 2020, stating that “if you think Ellen would knowingly allow bullying or racism on her show, you don’t know my sister,” adding that she “has been and continues to be a bright light in a dark world.”
On August 5, 2020, actor and musician Tyrese Gibson voiced his support for DeGeneres in an Instagram post: “Ellen if you see this message...You are a GEM of a [woman] and wife [...] I am not one of the lucky ones who have hung with you 40 to 50 times over the years [...] But I know a kind hearted and giving person when I see one and you fit the bill.”
On August 11, 2020, DJ Stephen 'tWitch' Boss, who had served as the house deejay on the “Ellen Show” since 2014, supported DeGeneres in an interview with Entertainment Weekly: “We can’t speak too much legally about it, but I’ll say this, there’s been love. Obviously there’s some things to address, but from my standpoint and from countless others, there’s been love. I’ll just leave it at that until there’s a time where we can address more publicly. There’s been love and there will continue to be love.”
On August 13, 2020, actor Octavia Spencer confirmed her support for DeGeneres in an Instagram post: “All of my interactions with everyone from the show including ELLEN were supportive and fun! In that spirit I am praying all involved get the love and support they need.”
When critics accused DeGeneres of mocking Colombian actress Sophia Vergara’s accent on the “Ellen Show,” Vergara posted a video of her interview with DeGeneres to Twitter on August 21, 2020 with the caption: “Two comedians having fun with each other to entertain. I was never the victim, guys, I was always in on the joke.”
In an interview with “PEOPLE (The TV Show!)” released on September 17, 2020, comedian and game show host Steve Harvey spoke out in support of Ellen, “I'm going to say this about it: Ellen DeGeneres, the person that I know, that I've known for a number of years, that I saw back in the comedy club days … Ellen, the person, is probably one of the coolest and kindest people I've met in this business."