Ashton Kutcher Stands Up for Ellen DeGeneres, Says ‘She Never Pandered to Celebrity’

Talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres is under fire for allegations of staff misconduct on the set of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. While the comedian herself is not named as a perpetrator, some feel she needs to take responsibility for her producers’ actions. Here’s why actor Ashton Kutcher is defending her.

Ashton Kutcher joins celebrities supporting Ellen DeGeneres

Actor Ashton Kutcher, comedian/TV personality Ellen DeGeneres and actress Portia de Rossi attend the 2011 Teen Choice Awards at Gibson Universal Amphitheatre on August 7, 2011 in Universal City,
Ashton Kutcher, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi attend the 2011 Teen Choice Awards on August 7, 2011 | Kevin Mazur/TCA 2011/WireImage

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The complaints of a toxic workplace led to allegations of “racism, fear, and intimidation,” according to the BuzzFeed News expose published in July 2020. Following a personal statement from DeGeneres, Kutcher echoed Katy Perry and DeGeneres’ wife, Portia de Rossi, in supporting the host.

“I haven’t spoken with @TheEllenShow and can only speak from my own experience,” he wrote on Twitter on August 4. “She & her team have only treated me & my team w/ respect & kindness. She never pandered to celebrity which I always saw as a refreshing honesty. When things aren’t right she handles it and fixes.”

He has appeared on her show many times

Like many other celebrities, Kutcher has been on The Ellen DeGeneres Show many times. He has come on to promote various projects, from shows like Two and a Half Men to his entrepreneurial efforts. In 2018, he and his business partner Guy Oseary to present DeGeneres with money for her wildlife fund, in which he called her “an amazing human being.”

Another time on the show, Kutcher spoke about receiving an award for having good character in his home state of Iowa. He recounted his past run-ins with the law during the speech (as relayed in the clip above), during which time he said, “I don’t think there are bad people in the world. I think there are good people that sometimes make bad decisions.”

Kutcher doubled down in his replies

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Unlike many celebrities on social media, Kutcher got into the weeds with replies to his statement. One Twitter user wrote, “the point is not [how] her team handled a celebrity but how their team behaved with their own team members… Get it?” to which the actor replied, “I get it. I also feel people should be held accountable for THEIR actions.”

Another echoed this statement, also pointing out Kutcher’s considerable wealth. “Oh she treats billionaire A list guests well? You don’t say.” The actor and investor replied, “1. I’m not a billionaire. 2. it extends to my team and people she didn’t even know I work with.”

His philosophy

Kutcher didn’t always have a rebuttal. “I get celebrity friends coming out in defense of Ellen to an extent,” wrote another Twitter user. “And I like Ellen. But… employees are complaining about their work experience there. Can that be understood? No one knows what it’s like but them. It’s invalidating what *they* experienced on a regular basis.” He simply replied, “I understand.”

After all this, Kutcher has just one thing to say to his followers. And it fits perfectly with what he’s said on her show in the past. He tweeted, “1. If you’ve made mistakes [favorite] 2. If you’ve learned from your mistakes (retweet) 3. If [you’re] perfect (comment).”