“Everybody Loves Raymond” star Brad Garrett said it was “common knowledge” that people were mistreated on the set of Ellen DeGeneres‘ daytime talk show following her apology on Thursday. But the actor faulted her as much as the producers who were the targets of the allegations.
The host of the popular, long-running “Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which has aired in syndication since 2003, apologized in a letter to staffers following an internal review of worker complaints conducted by parent company WarnerMedia. . DeGeneres and the studio are “committed to ensuring a workplace based on respect and inclusion,” the statement provided by Warner Bros. to USA TODAY read.
Despite DeGeneres’ insistence of “ensuring this does not happen again,” Garrett, who has appeared on her show numerous times, called on the TV personality to bear more responsibility for her producers’ actions.
“Sorry but it comes from the top,” he tweeted on Thursday, tagging her. “Know more than one who were treated horribly by her. Common knowledge.”
Garrett isn’t the only one to disapprove of her apology. While other celebrities have not yet responded to mistreatment accusations about DeGeneres or her staff, users on Twitter had a lot to say.
“If you think Ellen is nice, or a decent human being, read her apology,” one user wrote. “It never accepts responsibility.”
The Hollywood Reporter said one of three executive producers, Ed Glavin, was the source of many complaints and would be exiting soon. Warner Bros. declined comment.
In her apology, DeGeneres appeared to dispute some statements from those working on the show, while alluding to her own experiences as a trailblazing entertainer in empathizing with those who feel they were treated unfairly.
“I’m also learning that people who work with me and for me are speaking on my behalf and misrepresenting who I am and that has to stop,” she wrote. “As someone who was judged and nearly lost everything for just being who I am, I truly understand and have deep compassion for those being looked at differently, or treated unfairly, not equal, or – worse – disregarded. To think that any one of you felt that way is awful to me.”
Contributing: Bill Keveney