Australian TV executive details freaky demands from Ellen DeGeneres's staff

Ellen DeGeneres

What's more, Breen said, he felt that DeGeneres had her head lodged firmly up her tuchas.

He also accused the producers who were there once DeGeneres arrived of exaggerating their reaction to her jokes, noting they would "giggle and laugh" at "everything she said".

Where did the allegations come from?

Yesterday, Ellen herself was accused of turning a blind eye to "rampant" sexual misconduct among senior staff, several of whom were accused of "groping" employees and soliciting sex.

Why this matters though is because of the amount of profit The Ellen DeGeneres Show brings in.

Earlier this month, one current and 10 former employees of the Ellen Degeneres-fronted talk show came forward to accuse the show's three executive producers - Ed Glavin, Mary Connelly and Andy Lassner - of "bullying". One employee claimed she left after hearing comments about her race.

"It's all for show", one former employee told BuzzFeed.

The people making the allegations have not been identified.


DeGeneres took responsibility for the issues because the show bears her name in its title, adding that she wants to "correct the issues". In a staff letter obtained by the Hollywood Reporter, the 30-time Emmy victor said she takes "responsibility" as the program bears her name and said changes are forthcoming.

What did she say in her message?

She said that comes from someone who has been judged for "who I am", who has detailed the price she paid for being openly gay. As we've grown exponentially, I've not been able to stay on top of everything and relied on others to do their jobs as they knew I'd want them done.

Ms. DeGeneres released a statement to staff asserting her commitment "to ensuring this does not happen again", while Mr. Leman categorically denied any wrongdoing.

The criticisms were in stark contrast to the image of Ellen who is seen as a happy-go-lucky comedian with the tag line "Be kind to one another", and who describes her show as "a place of happiness".

"Obviously, something changed, and I am disappointed to learn that this has not been the case". But once she took control of "Tonight", she started demanding that guests booked for Leno agree to not appear on other late-night shows, alienating stars and their agents.

DeGeneres continued, "I'm also learning that people who work with me and for me are speaking on my behalf and misrepresenting who I am and that has to stop". If they don't believe in Ellen's message of kindness and peace anymore, they may not want that content on air.

DeGeneres said the COVID-19 pandemic kept her from delivering her comments in person to staffers, and the email was later made available to reporters.

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