Ellen DeGeneres accused of being 'racist' for repeatedly making fun of Sofia Vergara’s accent on show

ELLEN DeGeneres has been accused of being “racist” and "mean-spirited" for repeatedly making fun of actress Sofia Vergara’s accent on her talk show. 

Ellen, 62, has come under fire for allegedly overseeing a “toxic” work culture, as dozens of staffers have claimed racism, bullying and sexual harassment took place The Ellen DeGeneres Show set. 

Now, fans are turning to Twitter to slam Ellen for being “racist” during a series of interviews with the Modern Family star. 

In one interview, Ellen told Sofia, 48, that she has been learning a Spanish word of the day. 

She said: “I thought I would teach you an English word.”

Though the crowd laughed, Sofia seemed less than pleased, as she responded, “Okay, I know English very well.”

In another interview clip, Ellen said while Sofia sat alongside her ABC co-stars: “Literally you have been on this show for 10 years and your accent has gotten worse. How is that possible?”

Then in another interview where Sofia promoted her movie Hot Pursuit with Reese Witherspoon, Ellen told her: “Your English has gotten better I have to say.”

Sofia then pointed to Reese and joked: “Her English?”

In a fourth interview, Ellen made fun of the way she said the word “gifts.”

One fan responded to the compilation video: “This is disgusting.”

A second fired: "Ellen is one of the biggest racists out there. Something needs to be done about her, and the show needs to be cancelled!… and she needs to be canceled also.”

A third tweeted: “Racist, yet no one is calling her on it. She is not a nice person at all.”

Then another blasted: “Racist, patronising, condescending, mean-spirited, consumed with jealousy… – Oh, and not at all funny in the slightest!”

A fifth said: “Hate Ellen.“

But a source told The Sun that Ellen and Sofia have a great friendship. 

The latest drama comes after BuzzFeed News spoke to 36 staffers about their alleged experiences on the set of the hit daytime show. 

One former employee alleged the show’s head writer and executive producer Kevin Leman solicited him for oral sex at a company party in 2013.

Others claimed they witnessed him grope and kiss employees. 

Kevin denied "any kind of sexual impropriety" in a statement.

In a separate interview in July, Ellen employees claimed they suffered from "racism, fear and intimidation” on set.

BuzzFeed News also reported staff claimed to have been fired because they took medical leave or bereavement days to attend family funerals.

Others alleged they were told by their managers to not speak directly to Ellen if they saw her at the office.

An internal investigation was launched in July by the show's parent company WarnerMedia after the employees came forward.

Ellen issued an apology letter to her staff that read: “On day one of our show, I told everyone in our first meeting that The Ellen DeGeneres Show would be a place of happiness – no one would ever raise their voice, and everyone would be treated with respect.

"Obviously, something changed, and I am disappointed to learn that this has not been the case. And for that, I am sorry.”

Executive producers Ed Glavin, Mary Connelly, and Andy Lassner released a joint statement to the outlet, claiming they take the stories "very seriously" and admitted they need to "do better.”

Amid the backlash, Ellen’s wife Portia de Rossi and comedian Kevin Hart have come to her defense. 

Hart was even photographed comforting the comedian during a lunch in Los Angeles recently. 

Kevin wrote on Instagram of his friend: "It’s crazy to see my friend go through what she’s going through publicly. 

"I have known Ellen for years and I can honestly say that she’s one of the dopest people on the f**king planet. She has treated my family and my team with love and respect from day one.”

What celebrities have supported Ellen DeGeneres?

A few A-list celebrities have come forward to publicly support Ellen DeGeneres in light of the recent accusations against her and the alleged mistreatment of her staff.

Public figures such as polo champion Nacho Figueras, pop star Katy Perry, Kevin Hart, and Ellen's wife Portia De Rossi have all come forward to stand with Ellen.

Singer Katy Perry also came to Ellen’s defense by tweeting: “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. 

“I think we all have witnessed the light & continual fight for equality that she has brought to the world through her platform for decades. Sending you love & a hug, friend @TheEllenShow."

But not all of Hollywood is on her side, as Everybody Loves Raymond actor Brad Garrett tweeted: "Sorry but it comes from the top @TheEllenShow. Know more than one who were treated horribly by her. Common knowledge."

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