Ellen DeGeneres’ ex-producer Hedda Muskat rips 'phony host' for 'duping viewers to think she’s nice person'
An award-winning producer who previously worked for Ellen DeGeneres on her famous namesake chat show has reacted to its cancellation. Hedda Muskat has also condemned the 63-year-old for faking herself as a “nice person” and said ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ was meant to fail one day. Speaking on the Australian breakfast show ‘Sunrise’, Muskat remarked, “The viewers have spoken. Her ratings have been in the toilet for a long, long time now, her show has not been fun, it has not been interesting. And she is not really, by the way, stepping down, the viewers fired her.”
The co-author of ‘Dating: A Single's Guide to a Fun, Flirtatious, and Possibly Meaningful Social Life’ used to work as the producer of the talk show in 2003 -- the year it started. Her work involved booking non-celebrities for the show to appear in “human interest” segments. During the conversation on ‘Sunrise’, she stated that it was “not a shock at all” when she heard DeGeneres’ show will end after its 19th season. She told hosts David Koch and Natalie Barr, “I think the viewers are disappointed in the phoniness she's been projecting as this ‘nice person’. So I feel that the viewers feel duped, in a way, that she's not this nice person. The viewers are not going to put up with the backstage racism that goes on and the backstage bullying that goes on. So I think the viewers have woken up, finally.”
Muskat went on to say that the comedian “loved kissing a** with all the celebrities and she really was not in a position to interview real people because she really couldn't carry a conversation with them.” Besides, she also shared her views on the news that Oprah Winfrey will soon interview DeGeneres: “I am very disappointed that Oprah is lowering herself to interview Ellen. Oprah can interview kings and queens and I watch and love Oprah and I miss her and for her to interview Ellen, it's like why? Who cares about Ellen anymore?”
For the past year, Ellen has found herself embroiled in controversies that alleged that she did not do anything to stop the toxic work environment at her show’s set. A number of her former and current employees spoke up about the allegedly unbearable workplace. Muskat also supported those accusations and said there were “over 100 employees over 19 years” that “walked away with a sickened feeling about working there”. She mentioned, “As much as I loved my job as a booker and producer, I was almost relieved when I got fired... I wanted to take a shower, it was like a whole new dawn. I don't feel like she has the trust anymore of the viewers, and so I don't think she is going to come back anytime soon.”
When Muskat was asked what DeGeneres should do next in her professional life, she mocked her while saying, “I'd like to see her work on a farm where she can relate with all of the animals, and the pets and the dogs and the cows and the pigs.”