Ellen DeGenenres’ Brother Vance Speak Out

The Ellen DeGeneres Show has been a part of American homes since it debuted as a daytime television talk show in September 2003. The host, Ellen DeGeneres is undoubtedly mixing wit and humor while making her guests feel at home. Did you hear about the latest news about her? Well, let's see as her brother Vance shares his mind in defense!

Image Source: Getty Images| Photo of Ellen DeGeneres

Image Source: Getty Images| Photo of Ellen DeGeneres


WHO IS ELLEN DEGENERES?

Ellen Lee DeGeneres is a Louisiana native born to parents Betty DeGeneres and Eliott Everett on September 26, 1958. She had an older brother named Vance (more details about him later on). Before Ellen became what she is now, she grew up in a Christian Scientist family until she didn't take it anymore.

Image Source: Getty Images| A photo of Ellen DeGeneres

Image Source: Getty Images| A photo of Ellen DeGeneres


SHE EXPLORED ADULTHOOD IN TIRING BUT FULFILLING WAYS

Prior to their parent’s divorce, Ellen moved to Texas with her mom. As a then newbie in the adulting world, Ellen had ups and downs as she tried being a waitress, house painter, and even a bartender. If there’s one word to describe her, it's gonna be VERSATILE in golden bold letters.

Image Source: Getty Images/Time & Life Pictures| Ellen Degeneres

Image Source: Getty Images/Time & Life Pictures| Ellen Degeneres


THE BEGINNING OF HER STARDOM

The 23-year-old Ellen DeGeneres already made up her mind to become a comedian. Later on, she was hired to be the emcee in New Orleans Comedy Club and further gigs added to her experience. In 1986, she performed on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” and the host was impressed by Ellen's comedy set.

Image Source: Getty Images/NBC| The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson/NBC

Image Source: Getty Images/NBC| The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson/NBC

Soon, Ellen went on tour for more comedy gigs and appeared to TV shows as well. Because of her skills in making people cry out of laughter, she won the Best Female Stand Up award at the American Comedy Awards in 1991.

Image Source: Getty Images| Ellen DeGeneres giving a speech

Image Source: Getty Images| Ellen DeGeneres giving a speech


THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW

Since it was first aired in 2003, this show has already become a part of the lifestyle of every household around America (and even around the globe). The show features celebrities or aspiring celebrities, children, and adults alike. It is also known for having a bright and energetic audience who loved to dance and laugh at the show’s dance craze.

Image Source: Getty Images| Photo of Ellen DeGeneres

Image Source: Getty Images| Photo of Ellen DeGeneres


THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW CAN MAKE STARS

Because the show and the host are way too famous, whatever and whoever shown in the set will be known worldwide. Ellen created “Eleven Eleven”, a record label for aspiring artists and she was indeed successful as “Eleven Eleven” produced the now stars Greyson Chance and Charlie Puth.

Image Source: Getty Images| A photo of Ellen and Portia

Image Source: Getty Images| A photo of Ellen and Portia


NO BLACK AND WHITE PLEASE

Every episode is sunshine like the host herself. But, have you noticed the guests? Except for the fact that the guests cannot exit the show without doing wacky dance steps, they are required to wear colorful attire and strictly implying not to wear too much black and white. I guess the colorful clothes helped the shoe become more lively!

Image Source: Getty Images/Axelle/Bauer-Griffin| Ellen DeGeneres attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California.

Image Source: Getty Images/Axelle/Bauer-Griffin| Ellen DeGeneres attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California.


THE SHOW REMAINED IN SPOTLIGHT BUT IN A NEGATIVE WAY

Despite the fact that the show helped aspiring celebrities, provided help to several charities, and shared a good laugh with us, it didn’t ultimately pass people’s criticisms. Days ago and until now, allegations about the show and its host are circulating all over social media! Yikes, are you curious now? ‘Cause I am!

Image Source: Getty Images/James D. Morgan| TV star Elenn Degeneres records an episode of her show on a stage in Sydney Harbour on March 26, 2013 in Sydney, Australia

Image Source: Getty Images/James D. Morgan| TV star Elenn Degeneres records an episode of her show on a stage in Sydney Harbour on March 26, 2013 in Sydney, Australia


SERIES OF BAD SHOTS

Who would think (and believe) that a show that taught people to be cheerful and kind at all times can bring dark days to its staff? From salary issues, racism, and disputes, the show seemed to be the talk of the town, ironically as it is. Okay, calm yourself down first before we go deeper into the details.

Image Source: Getty Images/Dave Kotinsky| TV show host Ellen Degeneres appears at "The Ellen Degeneres Show" Season 13 Bi-Coastal Premiere at Rockefeller Center on September 8, 2015 in New York City

Image Source: Getty Images/Dave Kotinsky| TV show host Ellen Degeneres appears at "The Ellen Degeneres Show" Season 13 Bi-Coastal Premiere at Rockefeller Center on September 8, 2015 in New York City


THE SALARY ISSUE IN THE MIDST OF PANDEMIC

Due to the cruel pandemic, the show had stopped its live shows. The crew is in a rage because the producers didn’t communicate well to them about their salary. When they got an update, they were told that they will receive a 60 percent salary deduction, even if the show is still going on and being taped in Ellen’s house.

Image Source: Getty Images/David Livingston| The Ellen DeGeneres Show producers/staff attend the press room at the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 22, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California

Image Source: Getty Images/David Livingston| The Ellen DeGeneres Show producers/staff attend the press room at the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 22, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California


EMPLOYEES FIND THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT TOXIC

While we enjoyed dancing and laughing (sometimes crying) watching the show, the crew and other employees seemed to find their workplace a toxic one. Ten former staff and a current one anonymously talked to Buzzfeed and revealed their bad experiences behind the scenes, and yes, it made Ellen DeGeneres look like a bad person, based on their words.

Image Source: Getty Images/Laura Cavanaugh| Jimmy Fallon and Ellen DeGeneres attend "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" Season 13 Bi-Coastal Premiere at Rockefeller Center on September 8, 2015 in New York City

Image Source: Getty Images/Laura Cavanaugh| Jimmy Fallon and Ellen DeGeneres attend "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" Season 13 Bi-Coastal Premiere at Rockefeller Center on September 8, 2015 in New York City


BIG BROTHER TO THE RESCUE

So now both the show and the host herself are in the hottest seat, in the midst of the pandemic. But Ellen need not worry much because her big bro got her back! Bravely, her brother Vance showed support for her sister amidst all the accusations that tainted her name. But who is Vance? Let’s get to know him then!

Image Source: Getty Images| Photo of Ellen in an event

Image Source: Getty Images| Photo of Ellen in an event


WHO IS VANCE DEGENERES?

Vance DeGeneres is the older brother of Ellen, who stayed in New Orleans even when their parents were divorced. Just like her sister, he is also into the entertainment industry where he worked as a screenwriter, film producer, and yes, a comedian as well.

Image Source: Getty Images/Jennifer Graylock| Vance DeGeneres and Joanna Brooks attends the The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Los Angeles Premiere held at TCL Chinese Theatre on March 11, 2013 in Hollywood, California

Image Source: Getty Images/Jennifer Graylock| Vance DeGeneres and Joanna Brooks attends the The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Los Angeles Premiere held at TCL Chinese Theatre on March 11, 2013 in Hollywood, California


MAKING HIS WAY THROUGH THE INDUSTRY

Before he became the keyboardist for House of Schock with Gina Schock and the rhythm guitarist for Cowboy Mouth, he first worked in Marine Corp and earned the rank of corporal. Later on, he appeared in the films Mr. Bill Goes to Washington, and Oh Noooooo! It’s Mr. Bill’s 20th Anniversary.

Image Source: Youtube/TheEllenShow| A photo of Vance

Image Source: Youtube/TheEllenShow| A photo of Vance


SIBLING GOALS!

As Ellen became (and still) one of America’s favorite TV personalities, she didn’t let her older brother down. In fact, Vance appears multiple times in The Ellen DeGeneres Show to either promote his band and films or just plainly pay visits to his sister. As both DeGeneres siblings are shining stars, their parents surely are the proudest.

Image Source: Getty Images/Barry King| Vance DeGeneres and Ellen DeGeneres during The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States

Image Source: Getty Images/Barry King| Vance DeGeneres and Ellen DeGeneres during The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States


ELLEN WAS PRESENT DURING HIS BROTHER’S WEDDING DAY

Vance married the photographer Joana Brooks in 2013 and they live in California. During their wedding, people can’t help but smile at the sight of approval from Vance’s sister Ellen. Ellen actually attended the wedding with her wife, Portia de Rossi. But even with the DeGeneres sibling around, the Brooks-DeGeneres nuptial was an intimate one.

Image Source: Getty Images/Kevin Winter| Comedienne/talk show host Ellen DeGeneres (center), with her family, is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on September 4, 2012 in Los Angeles, California

Image Source: Getty Images/Kevin Winter| Comedienne/talk show host Ellen DeGeneres (center), with her family, is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on September 4, 2012 in Los Angeles, California


VANCE BRAVELY DEFENDED HIS SISTER

The DeGeneres siblings were undoubtedly close enough to stick together through the thick and thin. One proof is when Vance defended Ellen in regard to all the allegations. He wrote on his now-deleted Facebook post, “Ok, I need to say something. My sister is being viciously attacked. And let me assure you - it is all bulls—”. 

Image Source: Getty Images/Barry King| Vance DeGeneres and Ellen DeGeneres during The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States

Image Source: Getty Images/Barry King| Vance DeGeneres and Ellen DeGeneres during The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States


HE CREATED A TWITTER FEVER IN DEFEND OF HER SISTER

As if his Facebook post is not enough to show support to his sister, Vance also warmed the hearts of some and triggered other people’s eagle eyes when he tweeted, “If you think Ellen would knowingly allow bullying or racism on her show, you don’t know my sister.” Who wouldn’t be grateful for a brother like him?

Image Source: Getty Images/Jennifer Graylock| Vance DeGeneres attends the The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Los Angeles Premiere held at TCL Chinese Theatre on March 11, 2013 in Hollywood, California

Image Source: Getty Images/Jennifer Graylock| Vance DeGeneres attends the The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Los Angeles Premiere held at TCL Chinese Theatre on March 11, 2013 in Hollywood, California


KATY PERRY: A LOYAL FRIEND

The 35 years old Fireworks singer Katy Perry didn’t let the issue pass without taking a stand. As a performer who multiple times appeared in The Ellen DeGeneres Show, she bravely supported the host in fighting against all the accusations.

Image Source: Getty Images| A photo of Katy Perry

Image Source: Getty Images| A photo of Katy Perry

The singer tweeted, “I know I can’t speak for anyone else’s experience besides my own but I want to acknowledge that I have only ever had positive takeaways from my time with Ellen & on the @theellenshow.” Her tweet earned both positive and negative replies but she didn’t seem to mind the negative ones as long as she defended Ellen.

Image Source: Getty Image| Photo of Katy Perry

Image Source: Getty Image| Photo of Katy Perry


KEVIN HART DEFENDED HIS DEAR FRIEND TOO

On his Instagram post, comedian Kevin Hart shared that Ellen actually treated his family well since day one. He was also sad that the world is being filled with such negativities but he isn’t disregarding the experiences of others. He added It’s simply to show what my experiences have been with my friend. Love you for life, Ellen.”

Image Credits: Getty Images / Christopher Polk | Kevin Hart and Ellen DeGeneres attend the People's Choice Awards 2017 on January 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California

Image Credits: Getty Images / Christopher Polk | Kevin Hart and Ellen DeGeneres attend the People's Choice Awards 2017 on January 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California


SCOOTER BRAUN SAID ELLEN IS COURAGEOUS

Scooter Braun, a music manager and the man behind Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande’s appearances on the show were one of the stars who didn’t think twice in standing up for Ellen. “Ellen is a king, thoughtful, courageous human being who stands for what is right and highlights on her show the best of us, '' he wrote on Instagram.


A WAKE-UP CALL FOR ELLEN

Surprisingly, Ellen did not respond to the allegations with anger but instead, she wrote a lengthy kind of love letter for the staff. There she said that she was thankful that the issues were brought to her attention and she is taking that chance to grow and learn. Meanwhile, Warner Bros. is still conducting interviews and investigations about the matter.

Image Source: Getty Images| A photo of Ellen

Image Source: Getty Images| A photo of Ellen

Probably Taylor Swift was right when she sang “people throw rocks to things that shine”. Issues are inevitable once you are in the industry where privacy is even considered as a luxury. Ellen managed to handle all the past allegations smoothly but this time, it’s a big one but with her big brother by her side, she can possibly surpass it.

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