According to the NY Post, “The stories are all true!” said a former “Ellen DeGeneres Show” staffer of recent reports that the richest comedian in the world is also, allegedly, one of the rudest.
“Is she always nice? No,” said the former staffer. “It irritates me that people think she’s all sweetness and light and she gets away with it.”
Lately, DeGeneres, 62, who famously tells viewers to “be kind” at the end of her show, hasn’t been getting away with it.
Over the past few weeks, DeGeneres has been criticized for comparing the coronavirus lockdown to “being in jail” even as she posts Instagram videos of herself in her $27 million Balinese-style mansion near Santa Barbara, Calif. She was also accused, in a report leaked to Variety, of cutting her talk show’s union show crew in favor of freelancers. (A spokesperson for Warner Bros. Television, which distributes Ellen’s show, told Variety that the change was cleared with union reps and no crew member lost a job.)
Then there’s the Twitter thread branding her “one of the meanest people alive” for allegedly complaining about a waitress’ nail polish and ordering that underlings not make eye contact with her.
And last week, a former security guard who served as bodyguard to DeGeneres and her family when the comedian was hosting the 2014 Academy Awards told Fox News that she was very unfriendly.
“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,’” Tom Majercak said. “It was very cold and it was very sly and it was actually kind of demeaning in the way that she treats people other than those who are in her circle.”
Podcaster Kevin T. Porter, who started the Twitter thread, told The Post that the star’s not-really-that-nice attitude was an “open secret” in Hollywood and that he had heard numerous stories from friends of his who worked with her.
“There’s always been this whisper network about her notorious behavior,” he said.
More than 2,250 people posted in the thread. (Porter admits there is no way of vetting the stories.)
Chris Farah, 35, an actress and stand-up comic, was one of the posters. She said she was a waitress at a vegan restaurant in LA in March 2014 when DeGeneres and her wife, Portia de Rossi came in for brunch. Farah said DeGeneres was not particularly friendly but didn’t complain about anything to her.
A week later, Farah’s manager pulled her aside.
“He asked me if I’d served Ellen,” Farah told the Post. “I was really excited for a minute. I thought maybe she wanted to use me in her show. Then he told me that Ellen had written to the owner complaining that I had chipped nail polish. I couldn’t believe it. She’s so busy and rich. Why would she f–k with me?”
“Something happens when people become stars and get into that economic stratosphere,” says Shelley Ross, who was the executive producer at “Good Morning America” in 1997 when Diane Sawyer did a seminal interview with DeGeneres, after the comedian risked everything to come out as gay — and saw her sitcom “Ellen” be canceled a year later as a result.
Per TCO, last month DeGeneres sparked a wave of backlash after comparing self-isolating in her California mansion to being in prison.
Per Velvet Ropes, Ellen and her wife purchased a gorgeous Balinese-style California home in the Montecito area of Santa Barbara in January of this 2019.
This was her first real estate purchase of 2019 and we’re pretty sure it won’t be her last given her extensive history of house flipping.
The 8,188-square-foot home was purchased for $27 million and sits on an 8.24-acre lot. It has 5 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms and includes features such as a cabana which doubles as a gym and a basalt pebble infinity pool that overlooks the ocean.
The home also comes with a two-bedroom guest house.
The pair previously owned another 6-bedroom home in the area (apparently Montecito is where it’s at!) but sold it to Netflix’s Ted Sarandos to the tune of $34 million.
Yahoo reports Ellen DeGeneres compared self-isolating in her California mansion to being in prison, and Twitter users were quick to call out the talk show host for what they felt was an insensitive remark.
During her show on Monday, DeGeneres revealed that she was now filming from the comfort of her home that she shares with wife Portia de Rossi. After thanking first responders, emergency workers, doctors, nurses, and other essential pandemic workers, DeGeneres pivoted to talking about her experience self-isolating with de Rossi and their dog (around the two-minute mark).
“One thing I’ve learned from being in quarantine is that people — this is like being in jail, is what this is,” DeGeneres said, adding, “It’s mostly because I’ve been wearing the same clothes for 10 days, and everyone in here is gay.”
DeGeneres seemed amused by her comparison, smiling and remarking, “The jokes that I have.”