NikkieTutorials slams Ellen DeGeneres show, calls it 'Teletubbies after dark'; claims she couldn't use toilet
Dutch beauty guru Nikkie de Jager aka @NikkieTutorials has bashed Ellen DeGeneres after she appeared on the 62-year-old’s talk show in January. The 26-year-old said that she was treated differently than the other guests and compared 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' to 'Teletubbies after dark'.
Nikkie came out as a transgender at the beginning of the year and was soon invited to be a guest in the show, which had always been one of her dreams. However, she was reportedly left disappointed by her treatment in the studio, where she was greeted by an 'angry, overworked intern'.
“Maybe I’m being naive, but I expected them to welcome me with confetti: 'Welcome to The Ellen DeGeneres Show!' But instead, I got greeted by an angry intern, who was a bit overworked. I expected a Disney show, but I got a Teletubbies after dark,” she told the Dutch publication &C Magazine in an interview translated by PopCrave on Thursday, April 16.
Continuing further, Nikkie also revealed that Ellen did not even say hello to her as she said, “It's really nice that you came over and said hello to me... She didn't.” The beauty vlogger also alleged that on the show she was treated differently from other guests, who were given a full VIP experience. “Every guest at Ellen had a private toilet, but I didn't,' she recalled. 'I couldn't even use the closest toilet to me because it was reserved for the Jonas Brothers... They were allowed, I wasn't, I thought,” she said.
The YouTuber further shared that her experience on her idol’s show left her so disappointed that one point she even thought she should have done a sit-down with Dutch-American TV host Eva Jinek instead.
“For people who don’t know me, [the Ellen interview] was a good summary of my story. But the people who did know me expected more. I should’ve just went on Eva Jinek [show],' I thought to myself," the makeup artist said. She also added, “After being on Ellen I thought to myself, 'Don't meet your idols.'"
Meanwhile, DeGeneres recently made the headlines after she was slammed by her crew members who claimed they were given poor communication regarding their pay. According to reports, her main stage crew of around 30 people received 'no communication' about issues like pay and working hours for over a month.
The crew was also left ‘furious’ after they discovered that DeGeneres had hired a non-union tech company to help her broadcast her show daily from her home. Two insiders at Ellen's show also claimed that "higher-ups in production would occasionally answer phone calls but reveal little" regarding their status.
However, Warner Bros. Television has denied the crew members' allegations and said in a statement that the crew had been paid consistently, although at reduced hours. “Our executive producers and Telepictures are committed to taking care of our staff and crew and have made decisions first and foremost with them in mind," the spokesperson of the television production said.
'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' is produced by a division of Warners Bros called Telepictures.