Ellen DeGeneres was aware of the abuse and “culture of fear” present on the show, according to one of its former producers.
Ellen DeGeneres has been plagued with a string of controversies from her personal issues to her how. A few months back, she made headlines for being mean.
Meanwhile, her show has been subjected to an internal investigation recently after several former and current employees complained about its working environment. Former produce Hedda Muskat shared her experience when she was still part of the show.
Ellen DeGeneres, a toxic host
Hedda Muskat was one of the producers of The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2003 when the show was still in development. Due to her experience in The Howie Mandel Show and The Martin Short Show, EP Andy Lassner hired her to be among the writers and producers.
After a year, Muskat was sidelined in favor of a younger and less experienced producer. The production eventually let her go days before she won her Emmys.
Muskat said DeGeneres was aware of what was happening on set. In fact, she called the Grammy winner a “toxic host.”
“I had never seen this before. A had never been around a toxic host,” she told The Wrap.
Ellen has a barking dog
When the staffers complained about the toxic workplace on the Ellen Show, they were not sure if the host was aware of what was happening to them. However, Muskat claimed that Ellen DeGeneres was aware of the abuse on the set and shared one incident that she witnessed.
She recalled a staff meeting when DeGeneres introduced then-new executive producers Ed Glavin and Mary Connelly. Glavin, who was still new, openly screamed at a crew member in front of everyone in the room.
“He just went off on them. His whole face turned red… We were stunned,” Muskat said.
“I was waiting for Ellen to say something. ‘Whoa, Ed, don’t talk like that,'” she continued.
“Do you know what she did? She giggled. She crossed her legs up on the chair and she said, ‘Well, I guess every production needs their dog’…And from then we knew. Ed was going to be the barking dog – her dog.'”
Muskat admitted that everybody’s face went stiff after hearing DeGeneres’ words. She stressed that they were adults and professionals, so DeGeneres’ statement shocked them.
“We do’t need a dog to get us do to our jobs…She was the only one giggling,” she added.
DeGeneres apologized to her staff
Meanwhile, Ellen DeGeneres already issued an apology to her staff after learning about their complaints. The Ellen Show host said she was sorry that she failed to make their workplace a happy place.
“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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