Ellen DeGeneres has been in injury management mode for weeks now. A plethora of former staffers, friends, and trade insiders have been trending on social media with accusations that the poisonous work surroundings on The Ellen DeGeneres Show is much like The Devil Wears Prada. DeGeneres responded by denying the accusations. She has additionally made some massive employees adjustments on her daytime discuss present. But, it’s not clear that it will repair DeGeneres’ picture drawback, because the “don’t look her in the eye” rumor has been flying round Hollywood for years.
A single tweet sparked some critical backlash
As Life Without Andy reported, comic/author Kevin T. Porter began a Twitter thread again in March about DeGeneres’ alleged “horrible” habits. He requested his followers to share their tales and promised to match every one with a donation to charity.
“Right now, we all need a little kindness. You know, like Ellen DeGeneres always talks about!” wrote Porter. “She’s also notoriously one of the meanest people alive. Respond to this with the most insane stories you’ve heard about Ellen being mean & I’ll match everyone w/ $2 to @LAFoodBank.”
After being shared 1000’s of occasions, the tales began to pour in. Some shared experiences when DeGeneres was impolite, whereas some indicated psycho habits. Others had been clearly made up.
The widespread thread within the tales is that DeGeneres wouldn’t permit anybody to make eye contact. She was additionally accused of ignoring employees members and being rude once they would stroll by her within the corridor or open a door for her.
Ellen DeGeneres has been accused of horrible habits each on and off set
One Twitter consumer within the thread wrote that she as soon as served brunch to DeGeneres and her spouse Portia de Rossi. They accused the daytime discuss present host of writing a letter to the proprietor and complaining that their server wore “chipped nail polish.” She stated the incident nearly obtained her fired.
Another story got here from somebody who claimed to be a former worker. They shared that they had been instructed to “not look her [Ellen] in the eye and never say hi to her first.” The self-proclaimed former Ellen staffer added that DeGeneres “creates the most toxic environment for her staff.”
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One particular person claimed they labored for DeGeneres for 5 years earlier than leaving to have a child. After discovering a unique job with higher pay and advantages, DeGeneres begged her to come back again to the present. But she fired her one week later.
A former digital camera assistant says the present is a poisonous work surroundings
According to Page Six, a former digital camera assistant on DeGeneres’ daytime discuss present says that the work surroundings is poisonous. They in contrast life behind-the-scenes to the film The Devil Wears Prada.
While remaining nameless, the previous staffer advised the Australian radio present Stav, Abby, & Matt that employees put up with DeGeneres as a result of it’s a “badge of honor” to have one 12 months on the present on a resume.
The former digital camera assistant stated that they normally labored ten-hour days. But, the true drawback was lack of fundamental rights.
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“Being paid overtime, water on a hot day,” stated the previous staffer. “If you ask for that, you’re told, well, there’s the door.”
WarnerMedia has launched an official investigation into The Ellen DeGeneres Show due to the quite a few allegations. DeGeneres additionally despatched out a memo to her employees with an apology and a promise to make adjustments.
Ellen DeGeneres claims the ‘no eye contact’ rule by no means existed
Page Six additionally reported that DeGeneres had a Zoom name together with her employees lately. The 62-year-old reportedly addressed the “no eye contact” rule instantly, calling the rumor “insane.”
“I don’t know where it started,” DeGeneres stated. “Please talk to me. Look me in the eye. It’s crazy, just not true, I don’t know how it started. [It’s] not who I am.”
This goes in opposition to the claims of Neil Breen, a former producer of Australia’s Today present. He stated that DeGeneres’ employees made “bizarre” calls for when she was scheduled to look on the present in 2013.
“‘She’ll come in, she’ll sit down, she’ll talk to Richard and then Ellen will leave,’” Breen claims DeGeneres’ employees telling him. “And I sort of said, ‘I can’t look at her?’ I found the whole thing bizarre.”
The Ellen DeGeneres Show lately fired three prime producers as a result of sexual misconduct allegations. They additionally promoted in-house DJ Stephen “tWitch” Boss to co-executive producer.