Two sources, who wished to remain anonymous, revealed that the core stage crew for the daytime program didn't receive any written communication regarding the status of their working hours, pay, or even queries about their physical and mental health for over a month.
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Much like most television talk show hosts, Ellen DeGeneres has been filming from the comfort of her mansion. While the 62-year-old has her role in the long-running show figured out, the same cannot be said for her crew members. According to Variety's sources, her team consisting of more than 30 people has expressed their distress and outrage over the treatment from top producers amid the coronavirus pandemic. Two sources, who wished to remain anonymous, revealed that the core stage crew for the daytime program hasn't received any written communication regarding the status of their working hours, pay, or even queries about their physical and mental health for over a month.
So she was at home making vids of herself crying in her big ass house joking about being in prison while her workers suffered? Fucking awful. I support the petition to replace Ellen DeGeneres with Ellen Page or any other better lesbian. Jesus christ pic.twitter.com/xC6gkR93VL— Dinosaurgasm (@mylesmendoza69) April 20, 2020
One of the sources added that the production staff higher-up in designation would occasionally receive their calls but reveal little. The crew has been further infuriated by The Ellen DeGeneres Show's decision to hire an outside, non-union tech company to assist the host record the episodes of her show remotely from her home in California. Finally, when the production executives weighed in two weeks back, nearly all crew members were informed that they have to face a 60% reduction in pay even the show continued to air, according to insiders closer to the matter.
Trump-hater Ellen is facing down a crew of angry employees who say she's ditched, betrayed, and cheated them during the pandemic when they needed her most. https://t.co/4rfdWKut0l— ✭ Wayne Dupree 😷 (@WayneDupreeShow) April 18, 2020
They further added that only four core crew members are currently working on the remote version of the broadcast, expressing that this treatment is totally inconsistent with DeGeneres' daily message on her show: "be kind." However, a spokesperson for Warner Bros. Television, that distributes the show, assured, "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." They reiterated that the crew is being paid consistently, though at reduced hours.
Is this really surprising to ANYONE @TheEllenShow mutioole people over the years spoken out about Ellen and how shes NOT at all like her image in real life yet she still has a show and on top of the world. Another excuse for a human. #EllenIsOverParty #ellendegenerate pic.twitter.com/7FTatZ2pbb— Humansoftheworld (@Humansoneworld) April 18, 2020
Now, DeGeneres is being slammed on social media for not having her crew's back and forcing them to take pay cuts in a crisis as this. Your staff needs to be paid, they have families and payments. In the real world, not everyone has millions of dollars made off the backs, wrote Twitter user, Loui. Another, Wayne Dupree shared: Ellen likes to play this happy/helpful dancing and caring woke lady on TV, but in reality, she's screwing over her crew when they need her most. She's been rumored to be very nasty, sounds like those rumors were true. Janice Chyta added: hasn’t paid her crew in a month or checked in with anyone despite her being worth $490 MILLION DOLLARS!! User @glowingcanary expressed: Ellen is just another garbage human being and trash celebrity and the world just needs to get over celebrities already because none of them give a shit about you or their staff/workers.
I'm honestly happy everyone is finally catching on that Ellen DeGeneres is mean. I've never liked her because she just seemed so uninterested and made her guests uncomfortable. I've never been able to watch a full interview of hers— GoldfishMemory🏳️🌈 (@curlysis1) April 18, 2020
The claims of the comedian being cutthroat behind the camera aren't new as the host was previously called out for being "the meanest person alive" in a Twitter thread shared by her former employees. Right now we all need a little kindness. You know, like Ellen Degeneres always talks about! She’s also notoriously one of the meanest people alive, wrote Comedian Kevin T. Porter urging others to respond with the "most insane stories" they have heard about DeGeneres being mean. Television writer and actor Benjamin Siemon shared: 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.
I have another food one: she polices her crew's lunch orders, nobody allowed to eat fish etc. They would come hide on our stage to eat what they wanted away from her.— Alison Freer ✂️ (@AlisonVFreer) March 20, 2020
Providing another instance, he wrote: 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. Comedian Chris Farah claimed: I worked @RealFoodDaily, served her & Porsha 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.
An old friend worked on her lot & smiled & said “good afternoon” to her one day & she became unhinged. “Who do you think you are? You don’t look at me” yada yada. She said Portia was with her & seemed embarrassed & tried to calm her down. Has forever changed my opinion of her.— Detox Exotic (@TheOnlyDetox) March 21, 2020