The now under-fire talk show host reportedly barked orders and gave workers hell over tiny errors and even "took pleasure" in firing people
A former staffer of Ellen DeGeneres' household has disclosed some rather nasty details about the going-ons of the daily routine there. The staffer, who preferred to remain anonymous over concerns DeGeneres could retaliate legally, told DailyMail.com that she [DeGeneres] ran her household "like a military-style boot camp, barking orders, and tormenting employees over tiny errors". According to the source, she even took pleasure in firing people. The comedian and talk-show host's mansion is in California and she is now receiving a barrage of criticism, similar to the kind she received for the alleged "toxic culture" on her show.
According to the report, DeGeneres herself would "lay traps" for the workers like leaving matchsticks behind cupboard doors just to see if they were doing a good job at dusting every square inch of her residence.
Ellen DeGeneres is the queen of mean! https://t.co/LtssH3uSP2— Perez (@ThePerezHilton) September 9, 2020
Her employees rarely lasted more than a few months. On one particular occasion, the source stated that a household manager was fired just two hours after being hired. Furthermore, several repairmen, security guards, and other contractors were reluctant to come over to the house because DeGeneres would allegedly slate their work. This is all in stark contrast to her on-screen persona where she keeps encouraging everyone to "be kind to one another".
"My belief is that someone's real personality comes out at home," the former employee told DailyMail.com. "So after everything that has been said about her at work, you can imagine how terrible Ellen is going to be at home when her guard is down. Sometimes she would yell at us but it was more about the incredibly condescending tone she would use. She treated you like you were nothing. She was going to torture you and you were just going to sit there and listen to it because you were being paid. Ellen was the worst person that I've ever met in my life. She takes pleasure in firing people."
There’s no financial reason why Ellen DeGeneres couldn’t have paid her employees out of her own pocket during the shutdown period. She is one of the highest-paid stars on television, earning more than $50 million per year. https://t.co/ibnbGVjDFH— Jacobin (@jacobinmag) September 9, 2020
"Ellen was a hero of mine. I thought she was an amazing person. But before I took the position, people were warning me not to take it," the source alleged. "I was told that she had a very high turnover and that I should stay under the radar as much as possible, avoid as much direct contact with Ellen as possible."
Working there was described as being more like a boot camp. "When I interviewed with Ellen and Portia I felt much better about the job. They were both charming, funny and perfectly lovely. I was a little bit nervous but it was well paid," the source went on to say.
The 62-year-old has faced severe criticism in recent months from employees of the talk show with claims of racism, bullying, and sexual harassment. She has since apologized and insisted that she was unaware of the abuse as she hadn't been "on top of everything". The show's parent company WarnerMedia went on to launch an investigation and axed three producers, Ed Glavin, Kevin Leman, and Jonathan Norman, prior to the show's 18th season which is set to start on Wednesday. On Twitter, users have been branding DeGeneres as one of the "meanest people alive" and there are even some minor celebrities acknowledging this.
I'm beginning to think, that perhaps, Ellen could be a white hat. Why? Because she stated that too many people had been hurt. That she was sorry, but it needed to stop. Now, she's being thrown underneath the bus. Just questioning, why, mainstream is running over her?— CMac (@ConnieNicarr) September 8, 2020
Ellen DeGeneres Will Discuss Workplace Scandal When Show Returns: 'We're Gonna Talk About It' https://t.co/KX6YhOMdmh— People (@people) September 8, 2020
"Ellen is terribly obsessive-compulsive and if anything is out of order in her environment she gets upset," said the source. "There might be 20 to 30 things every day. We are talking about the finest, finest details here - a salt shaker out of place or a light switch left on. She wanted the coffee maker deep cleaned every day after complaining that there was too much or too little froth on her latte. The staff was getting better and better and making fewer mistakes but she couldn't help herself so she would lay traps. She would actually leave matchsticks around the house, behind cupboard doors, cushions or books to see if the staff was cleaning and moving things."
The season premiere of The Ellen DeGeneres Show will feature Tiffany Haddish in-studio. The guest lineup for Premiere week also includes Kerry Washington, Alec Baldwin, & Chrissy Teigen. Also scheduled to appear throughout the month are Chris Rock, Adam Sandler and Orlando Bloom. pic.twitter.com/wJUxAsyknO— Ellen World (@EllenD_world) September 8, 2020