'She's Cold': Ellen DeGeneres Exposed by Bodyguard in an Interview
Television host Ellen DeGeneres was criticized by some staff members of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" for failing to provide details about their jobs and pay since the coronavirus pandemic began.
A former bodyguard told Fox News he can attest to allegations made by others. With these, executive producers of the show had no choice, but to address the allegations of toxic workplace environment.
Executive producers Ed Galvin, Mary Connelly, and Andy Lassner told USA TODAY that they were "truly heartbroken and sorry to learn" about these claims.
"Over the course of nearly two decades, 3,000 episodes, and employing over 1000 staff members, we have strived to create an open, safe, and inclusive work environment. We are truly heartbroken and sorry to learn that even one person in our production family has had a negative experience," the producers were quoted in a statement.
The executive producers also said it is not who they are and not what they strive to be. They also take responsibility for the Ellen Show. DeGeneres, on the other hand, has kept mum on the issue.
'Mean Reputation' Allegations
The popular TV show host is one of the most influential people, who contributed to increase acceptance of LGBTQ people. She's also known to end every episode of her show with a reminder to be kind to one another.
But people who have worked with DeGeneres said she has a reputation for being rude. TV writer Benjamin Siemon said that according to his sources, the TV host "has a sensitive nose."
DeGeneres was allegedly making people chew gum from a bowl outside her office before talking to her. Siemon added that if she thinks you smell that day, you have to go home and take a shower.
Current and former employees said they experienced racism, fear, and intimidation, while working with DeGeneres. Reports said one current and 10 former employees said they were fired after taking a medical leave or bereavement day to attend family funerals.
One employee claimed that she was fed up with comments about her race and just walked out of the job. Most of the former employees noted that it was the executive producers and other senior managers' fault for the workplace toxicity.
One former employee said DeGeneres should take more responsibility for the workplace environment since it's Ellen's name on the show.
DeGeneres' former bodyguard Tom Majercak said he was assigned to protect the TV host and family at the 86th Academy Awards in 2014. He said he too experienced a less-than-pleasant encounter with DeGeneres. He noted that he spent a lot of time with DeGeneres' partner Portia De Rossi throughout the night and was very pleasant.
"It started going negatively when she introduced me to Ellen and Ellen pretty much just gave me a side glance out of her eye and didn't even say 'hello,' or 'thank you for protecting my mother, my wife and me'," Majercak said.
Majercak noted that it was "very cold" and "very sly" and said it was kind of demeaning. DeGeneres has yet to respond to Fox News' request for comment.
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