Ellen DeGeneres joked in a previous interview that she didn’t want to pay her staff overtime.
Ellen DeGeneres is in hot water in the past months for various reasons. Many called her mean, and just recently, her show was put under investigation. An old interview also resurfaced, showing the award-winning host joking about her crew’s pay.
Ellen DeGeneres doesn’t want to pay overtime
In 2013, Ellen DeGeneres appeared in Australian TV’s Today. During the interview, she told host Richard Wilkins that she wanted “everybody to work really, really hard… but not too hard that I have to pay them overtime,” NZ Herald reported.
“I don’t think you’d change very much at all if you could, would you?” Wilkins asked later in the interview.
“Um, no, because if I wanted to change I would. I can do anything I want. I’m Ellen,” she replied.
Ellen made bizarre demands
Neil Breen was the producer of Channel 9’s breakfast show where Ellen DeGeneres appeared. According to him, the Grammy winner made several demands before appearing on the show.
Originally, DeGeneres was supposed to co-host the show. However, she had a change of heart. She also reportedly asked to film the interview in one of the “flash hotels in Melbourne.”
“They controlled everything,” Breen said. “They controlled the interview seats, the lights, how it would work, everything.”
Shortly before DeGeneres’ arrival, they received strict rules from her producers that they had to follow.
“The producers called us aside and said, ‘OK, this is how it’s going to work here this morning. Ellen’s going to arrive at 10.15 and she’ll be sitting in this chair here and Richard you’ll be sitting in this chair here. Neil, no one is to talk to Ellen. You don’t talk to her, you don’t approach her, you don’t look at her. She’ll come in, she’ll sit down, she’ll talk to Richard, and then Ellen will leave,'” he added.
DeGeneres apologized to staff
The Ellen DeGeneres Show has been under internal investigation after former, and current staffers complained about its “toxic” workplace. The host responded to her employees’ complaints by apologizing to them in a letter.
“Hey everybody — it’s Ellen. On day one of our show, I told everyone in our first meeting that The Ellen DeGeneres Show would be a place of happiness — no one would ever raise their voice, and everyone would be treated with respect,” she wrote in a letter obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.
“Obviously, something changed, and I am disappointed to learn that this has not been the case. And for that, I am sorry. Anyone who knows me knows it’s the opposite of what I believe and what I hoped for our show.”
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