Ellen DeGeneres believes that ‘it’s a privilege to work for her & be around her’

Golden Globes 2019 Press Room

Ellen DeGeneres is still hanging on to her show. I expect that will change, probably in the next few weeks or another month. There’s just too much going against Ellen and the show. To recap, The Ellen Show has been a hotbed of racism, sexism, sexual abuse and toxicity for years. While Ellen claimed to have no knowledge of what her senior staff were doing in her name, many ex-employees have come forward to say that of course she f–king knew, and not just that, she implicitly approved of staffers being treated like crap because she didn’t care about the show in general. I don’t see why she would want to keep doing it, and I believe the show will probably get sued into oblivion (as it should). So… this story struck me as very true:

Ready to go. Ellen DeGeneres “wants out of the show” after the recent claims made against the host and the staff of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, a source tells Us Weekly exclusively.

“She is pissed that people have come forward to share these negative stories about her and feels betrayed,” the source continues, noting that the comedian, 62, feels like a “target” because of her success.

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

[From Us Weekly]

She believes “it’s a privilege to work for her and be around her” and so if some very young men are groomed and sexually abused, they should be thankful for the privilege of working so close to her toxic producers. Speaking of, those toxic producers did a staff call this week:

Back in action. The Ellen DeGeneres Show is making a plan to move forward in the wake of former staffers’ allegations against several of its executive producers, senior staff and the talk show host herself. The producers held a call with staffers on Monday, August 3, one week after WarnerMedia announced its internal review of the daytime talk show. A source tells Us Weekly exclusively that they “addressed” the media reports during the meeting and said they want their team to “have fun at work.” Among those attending the meeting were executive producers Andy Lassner, Mary Connelly and Derek Westervelt.

“They said a lot of [the claims are] true and a lot of it is not true,” the source adds. “They said we are handling everything [and] things will be very different now. … A show that brings so much happiness and fun, it should be a happy show to work on.”

As the meeting continued, a handful of employees “voiced some concerns,” while some of the producers “got called out about stuff that happened in the past.” Despite rumors, the team reassured their crew that “the show will go on.”

“The producers ultimately said you all still have a job here and you will all get paid, however that may be,” the source says. “They said Ellen [DeGeneres] is not giving up and the show will go on. … That woman brings so much joy to people that it would break a lot of hearts to stop doing this show. It was a pep talk and made some staffers feel better.”

[From Us Weekly]

Wow, this is a mess! “They said a lot of [the claims are] true and a lot of it is not true.They said we are handling everything [and] things will be very different now” – which is it? The claims of a soul-crushing toxic work environment are not true, but changes are still being made to change the environment so that things will be so different now! Producers “got called out about stuff that happened in the past,” i.e. all of those “not true” stories about sexual abuse, bullying and harassment, huh?

Ellen’s wife Portia de Rossi posted this to Instagram yesterday. “Stop Bot Attacks” WTF?? Actual current and former employees – not bots – are coming forward to tell their stories of working for Ellen and Portia labels them “bots”? I’m not going to yell at Portia too much though, because I imagine her life with Ellen is not great or healthy.

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  1. Andrew’s Nemesis says:

    What an absolute Karen.

    • Mumbles says:

      I wouldn’t call her a Karen, an unhappy, petty but frustrated woman who wants to use her limited power to speak to your manager. She IS the manager. She has a lot of power and uses it cruelly.

  2. minx says:

    “It would break a lot of hearts” if her show ended. GMAFB. The ego.

    • Darla says:

      I cracked up. I’ve never watched her show though. To me this is all meaningless, but funny. Except for the sexual harassment stuff. Not funny.

  3. lola says:

    Ugh… No wonder they move so often. Ellen’s ego doesn’t fit in every mansion.

    I know that people are still watching her, but does the show really bring joy? It’s so obvious that she hates her show, her audience and most of her guests.

    • Noki says:

      Do they? Is that why she has been neighbours with virtualy everyone.

      • lola says:

        I think so. Back when I watched her on YT, a lot of her celeb friends and Portia “complained” that they move so often.

  4. Nev says:


  5. jferber says:

    I just got around to this story, though I’ve heard about it. How in the world did this happen? She was a much-beloved TV personality whose show lasted forever. This abrupt turnaround and now she’s a much-hated villain? Just wow.

    • lucy2 says:

      People finally aren’t scared to tell the truth.
      Plus she kind of ditched everyone when the pandemic hit. She’s still airing from her home, so there’s still revenue, and the staff was basically left in the lurch, no work, drastically cut pay, and no communication. I think that was the final straw.

    • pottymouth pup says:

      isn’t this how it went down with Rosie O’Donnell? The nicest person in the world routine was just a facade and, once it cracked, it came tumbling down

    • It’s REALLY happening though!! Both my husband and I are industry or industry adjacent and all our friends are mostly in production, props, hair, etc. We have both posted stories we’ve heard first hand of how horrifying the woman is (I have posted a few here) and we have both been contacted by multiple outlets wanting to source the stories. They certainly seem to be out for her blood. Would love to know the backstory of why NOW, when everyone in the business has known since the show started she’ll scream at you or have you fired if you say her name three times, much less look her in the eye.

  6. CL says:

    Whenever I’ve met someone who thinks being around them is a privilege, it never has been.

  7. Endlesscircles says:

    I remember when I lived in LA and I heard these rumors. That was years and years ago. It was a totally open thing. Weird to see it play out. Same thing with Louis CK. LA knows all this stuff and sooner or later it gets exposed and the town yawns, “Oh yeah that.”

  8. Grant says:

    Man, I do feel for Portia. When the pandemic first broke out, Portia posted these videos to her Instagram where she, clearly a cooking novice, would try to follow a recipe and whip up a dish. Ellen filmed her all the while and would poke fun at Portia’s cooking, all the while Portia darted about the kitchen anxiously trying to throw together the meal. At first, these seemed like cute videos (“Oh, look how funny Ellen and Portia’s dynamic is!”)… Now with all of these allegations about the toxic work culture, those videos make me think that Portia has to put up with a lot of bullying from her spouse, hence the anxiety and stress we saw in those IG videos.

    • Cassandra says:

      I feel for Portia too.
      If you read her book, she makes Ellen out to be the one who saved her. Probably not a healthy dynamic after all this time.

  9. Queen Meghan’s Hand says:

    My aunt told me that she didn’t have to read the Buzzfeed or Celebitchy articles to know Ellen was mean. She said the fact that Ellen never allowed Portia to have a child despite making so much money revealed her true colors.
    We have no idea if Portia is pining for a child but I thought that was a funny take.

  10. Renee says:

    This is a woman who gave the Kartrashian’s & Kanye carte blanche status on her show so I saw this coming a long time ago……

  11. A says:

    I tell my husband and children something very similar practically every day. If Ellen DeGeneres, or anyone else!, has any other ideas about how to get the people around me to loudly and sincerely acknowledge what a gift to humanity I am I would love to hear them. I only respond to Your Most Serene Loveliness, just so we’re all clear.

    • MerlinsMom1018 says:

      @Your Most Serene Loveliness
      How’s that working out for you? I tried to get my husband to call me Her Royal Majesty, Queen of EVERYTHING, but all he did was laugh at me 😎

  12. Sabzinic says:

    I’m sorry but Ellen herself has not sexually abused anyone. The most we can say is she’s mean and mishandled the pandemic. If you don’t like her show, don’t watch. And who are we to say Portia is miserable with Ellen. Now, I guess people want them to divorce too? We relish in others misery. Just terrible.

    • Lizzie Bathory says:

      The fact that Ellen is a nightmare was the worst kept secret in the business for years. So what if she didn’t sexually abuse anyone herself? Is the bar that low? She ran a notoriously awful workplace & employed more than one executive producer who openly sexually harassed her employees. Meanwhile, she made piles of money. Talk about relishing in others’ misery.

    • Deanne says:

      So what if she didn’t personally sexually abuse anyone? It’s her show. She is responsible for how people are treated while they work there. Who knows what else is going to come out about her? Ellen is the one who relishes misery. She gets off on scaring people over and over again. She humiliates her staff on a regular basis. She’s not forking out her own money on her show. The sponsors are the ones giving money away. Saying that people can turn off the tv if they don’t like her is BS. Why would anyone want to support someone who doesn’t give a rats ass about how people she employs are treated and takes zero responsibility? It makes her be kind to one another schtick completely hypocritical.

    • holly hobby says:

      Her whole production is a hostile work environment and so many workplace violations. Since she is the captain of the ship it all falls on her to make sure her employees were not abused (verbally, sexually, etc) it is absolutely her fault. In a corporation she would have resigned by now.

  13. niki says:

    During her Armchair Expert podcast interview with Dax Shepard, it was painfully obvious that she’s nowhere near the nice, bubbly, #bekind person she tries to be in public. I imagine working for her must be a nightmare.

  14. Nope says:

    Ellen probably wrote or made her wife post something to show support. Portia prob used to living in nice mansion, without realizing how toxic their relationship is

  15. Melissa says:

    I’ve always found her cruel, look at how she enjoyed scaring guests and staff for laughs. It’s so apparent that she gets off on being mean under the guise of ‘comedy.’ GTFO Ellen.

    • msmlnp says:

      Couldn’t agree more. She seems to truly enjoy others discomfort. I hadn’t watched her in years and then watched one afternoon during quarantine. Even my 9 year old said “that lady seems mean.”

  16. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    Anyone who says it’s a privilege to work for them and to simply be in their presence is not a person one wants to work for or be in their presence.

  17. ArniePz says:

    OK but why is no one talking about this weird ass pose she does in every photo?
    She looks like my dog when he’s about to poop…

  18. bluemoonhorse says:

    Go read that article by an early producer (a woman). What she recounted is pretty scary and the intimidation and harassment started Day One.

  19. sb says:

    Not to mention the time she had Jared Leto on her show, and ORDERED him to shave his beard off & cut his hair, because she didn’t like the way he looked. He didn’t.

  20. Valerie says:

    lol, doubt it.

  21. CarlaM says:

    That hashtag IstandwithEllen is making her seem like the victim.
    Ellen won’t learn from this. She’s too set in her ways.

    I remember my mother watching Ellen with me and Ellen did a prank on her co-workers and my old mom just said: “Why do they all look so miserable?”

    Mom, you were right. Lol