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In a scathing interview on Australian breakfast show Sunrise, award-winning producer Hedda Muskat said Ellen’s show was destined for failure because she’d misled her fans into believing she was a ‘nice person’.
‘The viewers have spoken. Her ratings have been in the toilet for a long, long time now, her show has not been fun, it has not been interesting,’ Hedda said.
‘The viewers have spoken’: A producer who worked on the Ellen DeGeneres Show has come out swinging against her former employer (pictured) after the talk show host announced her decision to quit the long-running program on Thursday
‘And she is not really by the way, stepping down, the viewers fired her,’ she added.
Hedda served as a producer in 2003 and was in charge of booking everyday people to appear on the show in ‘human interest’ segments.
When asked whether she was surprised by Ellen’s downfall, Hedda simply replied: ‘Not a shock at all.’
Not mincing words: Appearing on Australian breakfast show Sunrise, award-winning producer Hedda Muskat (right) said Ellen’s show was destined for failure because she’d misled her fans into believing she was a ‘nice person’
‘I think the viewers are disappointed in the phoniness she’s been projecting, as this ‘nice person’. So I feel that the viewers feel duped, in a way, that she’s not this nice person.’
‘The viewers are not going to put up with the backstage racism that goes on in the backstage bullying that goes on. So I think the viewers have woken up, finally.’
Hedda also accused Ellen of being incapable of ‘connecting’ with everyday people, and preferred to buddy up to celebrities instead.
‘She loved kissing a** with all the celebrities’: Hedda also accused Ellen of being incapable of ‘connecting’ with everyday people, and preferred to buddy up to celebrities instead
‘She loved kissing a** with all the celebrities and she really was not in a position to interview real people because she really couldn’t carry a conversation with them,’ she said.
Later in the interview, Hedda shared her thoughts about Ellen’s upcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey, in which the comedian will discuss her decision to quit her talk show.
‘I am very disappointed that Oprah is lowering herself to interview Ellen. Oprah can interview kings and queens and I watch and love Oprah and I miss her and for her to interview Ellen, it’s like why? Who cares about Ellen anymore?’ Hedda said.
Announcing her decision to end her show after 19 seasons, DeGeneres told The Hollywood Reporter: ‘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.’
She downplayed last year’s toxic-workplace scandal, however, and insisted it was not a factor in her decision to wrap up the program.
‘It almost impacted the show,’ DeGeneres, who was not accused of wrongdoing herself but was blamed for allowing the issues to develop, told the trade publication.
‘It was very hurtful to me. I mean, very. But if I was quitting the show because of that, I wouldn’t have come back this season,’ she added.
DeGeneres, who is married to Australian actress Portia de Rossi, has apparently been considering ending the show for several years.
BULLYING, RACISM AND A ‘TOXIC WORK ENVIRONMENT’: THE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST ELLEN
Ten former and one current member of Ellen’s staff alleged they were bullied, fired for attending family funerals or taking sick leave, while one woman claimed to have walked off the job after facing comments about her race.
‘That ‘be kind’ bulls*** only happens when the cameras are on. It’s all for show,’ one anonymous staff member said.
Staff said they were told not to talk to DeGeneres herself while she was on set, and that the day-to-day running of the show was left to producers.
The employees said they did not have first-hand experience of DeGeneres being unpleasant, but said she needs to take more responsibility for how her employees are treated.
However, allegations have mounted from other sources against the host herself – sparked by a Twitter thread from comedian Kevin T. Porter
Calling DeGeneres ‘notoriously one of the meanest people alive’, he asked people for ‘the most insane stories you’ve heard about Ellen being mean’.
The tweet received 2,600 replies and saw Porter give $600 to an LA foodbank, after promising to donate $2 for every legitimate mean story.
Claims included that staff are required to chew gum before speaking to her because of her ‘sensitive nose’, and that she polices staff lunch orders and bans anyone from eating fish or meat.
Separately, security worker Tom Majercak – who was assigned to be Ellen’s bodyguard at the 2014 Oscars – said she was ‘sly’ and ‘demeaning’ to him.
‘Ellen is the one person that I’ve been assigned to – and I’ve been assigned to quite a few celebrities – that has never taken the time to say hi to me,’ he said.
‘She’s not the person she portrays to be that she’s playing off of society.’
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