Ellen termed 'meanest person alive' as ex-employees share startling stories about her to fund charity
Comedian Kevin T Porter asked his fans and followers to share their "most insane" stories about talk show host, Ellen DeGeneres, as a way to raise money for charity.
Porter believes that she is "one of the meanest people" and he will donate money for every single "real" response that he receives. He sent out the request on March 20 and received an overwhelming response from social media users.
His first tweet had read, "Right now we all need a little kindness. You know, like Ellen Degeneres always talks about!" He had also told his followers to "respond to this with the most insane stories you’ve heard about Ellen being mean & I’ll match every one w/ $2 to @LAFoodBank." "Oh, and the caveat is yes they have to be real! Cause we need some REAL kindness right now," his tweet read.
Comedian Chris Farah claimed that she had almost allegedly got fired from her job because of Ellen. She took to Twitter to share, "I worked @RealFoodDaily, served her & [Portia de Rossi] at brunch. She wrote a letter to the owner & complained about my chipped nail polish. Not that it was on her plate but just that it was on my hand. I had worked till closing the night before & this was next morn, almost got me fired."
TV writer Benjamin Siemon also claimed that he has heard stories that Ellen is not always the nicest to her talk show co-workers. "She has a ‘sensitive nose’ so everyone must chew gum from a bowl outside her office before talking to her and if she thinks you smell that day you have to go home and shower," Siemon shared.
"A new staff member was told every day she picks someone different to really hate. It's not your fault, just suck it up for the day and she'll be mean to someone else the next day. They didn't believe it but it ended up being entirely true," Siemon added.
Another person who knew of a PA on Ellen's show who reportedly "got their first staff writer job and put in notice" but instead of being congratulated, were asked to return a Christmas present they received from the show.
One user claimed that her 'friend' who used to write for Ellen's show for two years was never ever acknowledged by her. "She told me Ellen didn't greet her once. In fact, upon employment, staff were told they weren't allowed to talk to her," the user wrote.
A writer, Alison Freer, recalled a time when she was working for a production on the Warner Bros. lot where Ellen's show was also being filmed. "[It] was our showrunner's 50th Bday. Caterer grilling steaks outside for special fancy lunch. Ellen sent someone over to demand they stop, as she doesn't eat meat. She's the worst," Freer shared.
Ellen is currently married to Portia de Rossi and has quarantined herself in her LA mansion given the coronavirus pandemic. Last week, she announced that 'The Ellen Show' would suspend production due to coronavirus.
"So, after some more thought, we have decided to suspend production completely until March 30th. We just want to take every precaution to ensure that we do our part to keep everyone healthy. I love you guys, and can't wait to come back. I'm already bored," she had shared.