Just days after the end of The Ellen Show was announced, the infamous host herself has finally addressed the damning allegations that plagued her and her reputation last year - because, apparently, she had no idea any wrongdoing had occurred.
Here's the full story...
Now, it all started with this tweet.
Right now we all need a little kindness. You know, like Ellen Degeneres always talks about! 😊❤️ She’s also notori… https://t.co/vlJ6NIBOJq— Kevin T. Porter (@Kevin T. Porter)1584724324.0
Twitter user Kevin T. Porter took to the social media platform in March last year with the task to expose the famous Ellen DeGeneres.
His request for unsavory stories from people who had encountered the talk show host was quick to spread online...
With the original tweet receiving thousands of replies.
Karen Kilgariff was her head writer for 5 years until the writers' strike. When Karen wouldn't cross the picket line she was fired and Ellen never spoke to her again.— J. Fisher (@elpez3) March 20, 2020
This Twitter user came forward with the story about Ellen's head writer, Karen Kilgariff.
Karen was under Ellen's employment for 5 years until she took part in a writer's strike. Boom. Fired. And a word was never exchanged between the pair again.
There was more scandal regarding her treatment of staff...
My friend wrote for the Ellen Show for two years and told me Ellen didn’t greet her once. In fact, upon employment, staff were told they weren’t allowed to talk to her.— Cathy Messier (@cathytown) March 20, 2020
This woman claimed her friend used to work as a writer on the show and, in the whole 2 years of her employment, Ellen didn't greet her once.
In fact, none of the staff were allowed to speak to the star of the show. Apparently.
This user even claimed that staff members weren't allowed in the same room as her.
Some friends who work /worked on her show said many of her staff members weren't allowed to be in the same room as her!— MKB (@MatthewKBegbie) March 20, 2020
Queen of Social Distancing! Ahead of her time! ✨
"Queen of Social Distancing! Ahead of her time!"
Another user came forward with a story of Ellen's passion for a vegan workplace.
Was wrking on a show @ WB that was next to her stage. 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.— Alison Freer ✂️ (@AlisonVFreer) March 20, 2020
For a colleague's birthday, Alison Freer was celebrating with a BBQ outside of the Warner Bros studios where The Ellen Show is filmed.
However, Ellen was allegedly quick to shut down all the festivities by sending someone over to put a stop to the celebration, all because she doesn't eat meat.
And she would apparently choose someone new to "hate."
B) 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.— Benjamin Siemon (@BenjaminJS) March 20, 2020
A staff member was once told that, while filming, Ellen will randomly "pick someone different to really hate" for no reason whatsoever.
Oh, and Ellen apparently hates her own fans.
And her own show! Who'd have thought it?
Comic I know became friendly with her, said she openly expressed her deep disdain for her audience and her own show - resents it all!— Chase Mitchell (@ChaseMit) March 20, 2020
Okay, so the credibility behind these stories is a little questionable...
Because there were literally thousands of them.
Regardless of the allegations, however, Ellen continued her daily talk show from the comfort of her own home during the pandemic.
But this in itself ruffled feathers - her crew were reportedly "furious" due to the lack of communication regarding their pay.
Crew members reportedly found out they should expect a whopping sixty percent pay decrease...
Ellen, pay your employees. Your a fraud. You pretend you care but thats all fake. Phony you are.— Andrew Chiariello (@AndrewChiariel2) April 17, 2020
All while the show continued to air and bring in millions of dollars.
Well, after all of that, it seems that Ellen's time in the spotlight is finally up.
It was announced earlier this week that Ellen has made the decision to wrap up her show on its nineteenth season in 2022.
"When you're a creative person, you constantly need to be challenged — and as great as this show is, and as fun as it is, it's just not a challenge anymore," the host told the Hollywood Reporter, discussing the move publicly for the first time.
Ellen insisted that the allegations of workplace misconduct had nothing to do with her decision to call it quits...
ellen degeneres: “I'm ending show because it's not a challenge anymore.”— Andy Dandy Shitpost (@ANDYdrewME) May 12, 2021
dakota johnson: "Actually, no, that's not the truth, Ellen,” pic.twitter.com/hpoSJ29NeQ
But former employees who agreed to speak about the situation without their names being used for fear of repercussions told BuzzFeed News stories on allegations of behind-the-scenes sexual misconduct, racism, and intimidation took their toll on ratings and the desire to soldier on through the controversy.
"I think that she only came back to this past season because she probably had to [in order] to save face," one former employee said.
"The show took a tank. The ratings tanked for a lot of reasons - we had a pandemic - but they also tanked because she's unlikeable now and it definitely permeated the culture of how people feel about Ellen."
"If the ratings were still phenomenal if her ratings were wonderful and none of this stuff came out about the show, why wouldn't she sign on for another 5 years like Oprah and do twenty-five years? If none of this came out, she'd still be going strong, laughing all the way to the bank, and getting that daily applause."
Another former employee claimed this is a result of "consequence culture."
"I think this is 'consequence culture.' People are like, 'cancel culture,' but no, this is a consequence of somebody and an institution that got away with fostering a super unhealthy and toxic work environment for a really long time," they explained.
"I think they did all the right things to make it look like they were making changes — they fired some people, they gave tWitch an executive producer position because they didn't have a lot of diversity, and they made it look like they did all the right things, but it still wasn't enough. It all comes out in the wash at the end, and you realize this is really what she deserves and what the show deserves."
Well, after dodging the topic for over a year, Ellen has finally been quizzed on the damning allegations...
And, apparently, she had no idea any toxic behavior or wrongdoing had even taken place - mainly because her A-lister pals were happy.
In her first TV interview since announcing the end of her talk show, Ellen wholeheartedly denied any knowledge of a toxic workplace environment.
"I really didn't understand it. I still don't understand it. It was too orchestrated. It was too coordinated," she told Today host Savannah Guthrie in the interview that aired Thursday.
According to Ellen, there was no toxicity because her guests were too happy.
"For me to read in the press about a toxic environment, when all I've ever heard from every guest that comes on the show, what a happy atmosphere this is and what a happy place this is..."
She also explained that with 255 staff members across different buildings, it would be impossible for her to keep track of all toxic behavior.
Though she said she wished someone would have told her.
"I don't know how I could have known when there's 255 employees here and there are a lot of different buildings. Unless I literally stayed here until the last person goes home at night," she said. "I do wish somebody would have come to me and said, 'Hey, something's going on that you should know about.'"
You can watch the full interview below.
Make sure to stay posted for further updates.