Ellen DeGeneres Is Reportedly 'Pissed' That Her Workers Are Speaking Out Against Her

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“That ‘be kind’ bullshit only happens when the cameras are on,” a former employee of Ellen DeGeneres’ told BuzzFeed News last month. Theirs was one of the many unidentified voices included in the outlet’s twin exposés detailing the allegedly toxic, racist, and sexual harassment-filled work environment that the once groundbreaking comedian had apparently cultivated on the set of her NBC talk show.


While DeGeneres has formally addressed the matter with staff, writing a lengthy apology letter obtained by People on Thursday in which she would appear to be taking responsibility for The Ellen DeGeneres Show’s purportedly awful work conditions, behind the scenes she is said to be furious. I guess that “be kind” bullshit really is for show! I mean, allegedly, allegedly, allegedly, allegedly…

Speaking with Us Weekly on Sunday, an anonymous source claims that the host feels “betrayed” by the dozens of unnamed workers who spoke out against her. More than that, she’s allegedly “pissed” and reportedly “wants out of the show.”

“She is pissed that people have come forward to share these negative stories about her and feels betrayed,” the source told Us Weekly, adding that DeGeneres feels like her success has made her a “target” for such criticism.

“She knows she can be tough at times,” the source continued, “but believes she works hard and is extremely creative and that it’s a privilege to work for her and be around her.”

Hmmmm, sounds like something a horrible boss who forces their workers to do their jobs in toxic, unsafe, exploitative conditions would say when accused of forcing their workers to do their jobs in toxic, unsafe, exploitative conditions.

Anyway, if what Us Weekly’s source says comes to pass and DeGeneres dips out of her titular show, there’s a possibility that Late Late Show host James Corden will step in to take her place, at least according to Page Six. Personally, I think Ellen is beyond reform, and that we need full Ellen abolition now—but that’s just allegedly me!


One person who is expected to leave Ellen fairly soon is executive producer Ed Glavin, per Variety. Glavin is one of the key figures in this whole mess; the workers who spoke to BuzzFeed identified him—along with head writer and executive producer Kevin Leman and co-executive producer Jonathan Norman—as one of the worst perpetrators of Ellen’s toxic set. Leman and Norman deny the accusations, Us Weekly notes.

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Ok then, I’ve stayed quiet but this is grating my nerves.

1 - Ellen had come out and was openly gay when she started this talk show. Oprah was still the reigning queen of daytime talk. The only other gay talk show host was Rosie, and Rosie wasn’t out at that time. I’m sure Ellen is a human being, and I’m sure her team very carefully cultivated a nonthreatening aka super nice image to soften up the anti-gays.

2 - Ellen is a human being, and a human being that has been reigning supreme of her own talk show since 2003. Many moons ago, when I was just a server I dealt with plenty of D list celebrities that were mother fucking nightmares on wheels. I’m sure Ellen has an ego, and I’m sure after 17 years she’s demanding.

3 - The people behind the scenes of Ellen’s show aren’t working in bumblefuck with no unionization or human resources. They’re grown ass people that I’m sure have held other positions before they got hired for the Ellen show. If that workplace has become so toxic their first stop should have been HR not fucking twitter.

4 - I’m starting to think that some of are you are enjoying slamming Ellen not because of the allegations against her, but because you’re enjoying her fall from grace a little too much.