“The tales are all true!” a former “Ellen DeGeneres Present” staffer mentioned of current reviews that the richest comic on the planet can also be allegedly one of many rudest.
“Is she at all times nice? No,” mentioned the previous staffer. “It irritates me that individuals suppose she’s all sweetness and light-weight and she will get away with it.”
Recently, DeGeneres, 62, who famously tells viewers to “be variety” on the finish of her present, hasn’t been getting away with it.
Over the previous few weeks, DeGeneres has been criticized for evaluating the coronavirus lockdown to “being in jail” even as she posts Instagram movies of herself in her $27 million Balinese-style mansion close to Santa Barbara, Calif. She was additionally accused, in a report leaked to Selection, of slicing her speak present’s union present crew in favor of freelancers. (A spokesperson for Warner Bros. Tv, which distributes Ellen’s present, advised Selection that the change was cleared with union reps and no crew member misplaced a job.)
Then there’s the Twitter thread branding her “one of many meanest folks alive” for allegedly complaining a couple of waitress’ nail polish and ordering that underlings not make eye contact along with her.
And final week, a former safety guard who served as bodyguard to DeGeneres and her household when the comic was internet hosting the 2014 Academy Awards advised Fox Information that she was very unfriendly.
“Ellen just about simply gave me a aspect look out of her eye and didn’t even say ‘Whats up,’ or ‘Thank you for safeguarding my mom, my spouse and me,’” Tom Majercak mentioned. “It was very chilly and it was very sly and it was really form of demeaning in the way in which that she treats folks apart from those that are in her circle.”
“She’s so busy and wealthy. Why would she f–ok with me?”
– Waitress Chris Farah
Podcaster Kevin T. Porter, who began the Twitter thread, advised The Put up that the star’s not-really-that-nice angle was an “open secret” in Hollywood and that he had heard quite a few tales from pals of his who labored along with her.
“There’s at all times been this whisper community about her infamous conduct,” he mentioned.
Greater than 2,250 folks posted within the thread. (Porter admits there isn’t any manner of vetting the tales.)
Chris Farah, 35, an actress and stand-up comedian, was one of many posters. She mentioned she was a waitress at a vegan restaurant in LA in March 2014 when DeGeneres and her spouse, Portia de Rossi, got here in for brunch. Farah mentioned DeGeneres was not notably pleasant however didn’t complain about something to her.
Per week later, Farah’s supervisor pulled her apart.
“He requested me if I’d served Ellen,” Farah advised The Put up. “I used to be actually excited for a minute. I assumed perhaps she wished to use me in her present. Then he advised me that Ellen had written to the proprietor complaining that I had chipped nail polish. I couldn’t consider it. She’s so busy and wealthy. Why would she f–ok with me?”
“One thing occurs when folks turn into stars and get into that financial stratosphere,” says Shelley Ross, who was the manager producer at “Good Morning America” in 1997 when Diane Sawyer did a seminal interview with DeGeneres, after the comic risked all the things to come out as homosexual — and noticed her sitcom “Ellen” get canceled a yr later as a end result.
DeGeneres advised Sawyer she had at all times felt like an outsider and underdog. In the present day, nevertheless, she’s the last word insider: value $330 million and friends with energy gamers from the Obamas to Invoice Gates to the Kardashians.
A former affiliate producer recalled being in Ellen’s workplace a number of years in the past when the star misplaced her glasses and couldn’t learn a textual content on her iPhone.
“She stopped all the things and made a name,” the producer mentioned. “Subsequent factor we all know, we actually hear [Apple CEO] Steve Jobs choose up and say, ‘Hello, Ellen’ … Ellen advised him the iPhone ought to have a much bigger font. That’s her. It’s not that she’s some demon. She simply lives in an extremely privileged bubble and is out of contact with the true world.”
Ross, who mentioned she preferred Ellen when she met her, in contrast DeGeneres’ mega-stardom to that of Oprah Winfrey.
“It hasn’t been handed to them,” she mentioned. “They’ve had all the things potential thrown at them. Simply consider everybody who laughed at them and mentioned ‘You’re too fats,’ ‘You’re too black,’ ‘You’re too homosexual’ — however they went forward anyway. There has to be some underlying harm in there that by no means will get smoothed out.”
“Ellen” govt producer Mary Connelly, who has been with the present since its inception, mentioned she has by no means seen DeGeneres exhibit diva conduct.
“None of what’s being mentioned speaks to the Ellen I do know,” Connelly mentioned.
“Do the producers and her typically have to make unpopular choices? Sure. Ellen will not be afraid to inform you when she doesn’t like one thing. She’s had robust conversations with me. That’s a perform of on a regular basis life. However the particular person I do know is somebody who is available in every single day and wants to placed on a enjoyable present in a enjoyable atmosphere and assist folks.”
A couple of one who has labored with DeGeneres mentioned that lecturing everybody to “be variety” has backfired on her — as a result of no person is that candy on a regular basis.
“One of many issues I preferred about her was that behind the scenes she had a darker humorousness,” mentioned Steven Mazan, a former employees author for the present.
“I by no means noticed her as vindictive. I believe folks need to consider the Ellen you see on TV is the entire Ellen or the true Ellen. However no person is that uncomplicated.”