Katy Perry defended her recent support of Ellen DeGeneres in an interview with the Los Angeles Times published on Wednesday.
The “Smile” singer made headlines for her August 4 tweet in support of DeGeneres, in which she wrote, “I have only ever had positive takeaways from my time with Ellen & on the @theellenshow.”
“I started that tweet off not undermining anyone else’s experience,” Perry told the Times in her interview. “I wanted to only speak from my own experience.”
“I have over 100 million people that follow me on Twitter, so not everyone is going to agree with me. And I’m not here to make everyone agree with me,” the singer added.
Perry’s August 4 tweet led to backlash from critics online, who accused her of being out of touch and ignoring larger issues at play.
The singer’s support of DeGeneres comes after a turbulent past few months for the host, who’s been accused by former staffers of acting rudely and creating a “toxic” environment on the set of “The Ellen Show.”
Australian radio host Neil Breen recently revealed that he was given specific instructions about how to behave when he worked with DeGeneres in 2013.
According to Breen, he was instructed not to talk to, look at, or approach DeGeneres.
And even though DeGeneres’ executive producer Andy Lassner recently shut down speculation that the show will be canceled following the allegations, news broke on August 1 that “Late Late Show” host James Corden could be a potential replacement for DeGeneres.
Despite the growing number of allegations from former staff members – including an ex-producer and a former DJ – that the show fostered a toxic working environment, plenty of stars have come to DeGeneres’ defense.
Ashton Kutcher, Diane Keaton, and DeGeneres’ wife Portia de Rossi have all joined Perry in sharing messages of support for the embattled host.