Ellen DeGeneres A “Terror” On Talk Show Set – Real Or Rumor?

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By Shari Weiss |

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Ellen DeGeneres is NOT a “terror” on the set of her talk show, despite a tabloid report. Gossip Cop can debunk the story.

The allegation can be found in the pages of Life & Style, which writes, “With her funky dance moves and endless supply of pranks on her talk show, you’d think Ellen DeGeneres would be an awesome boss to work for. Not exactly.” Rather, a so-called “show insider” is quoted as saying, “She’s like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”

“She’s so nice to celebrities, but Ellen demands that junior staffers don’t speak to her, touch her, or even look at her. She’s just not nice to people who work for her,” the supposed snitch goes on to allege. But the magazine takes it even further, claiming DeGeneres “doesn’t just save her grumpy attitude for the office,” but is actually “routinely rude to service workers, too.”

A tipster says, “There are many instances Portia [de Rossi] will literally leave Ellen at the valet and go back into a restaurant and apologize to the waitstaff,” supposedly much to the detriment of their marriage. “Portia sees Ellen changing, and it’s not for the best. She wants Ellen to grow old gracefully, not become the cranky old neighbor who yells at kids playing in the street!”

But a couple of things in this tall tale don’t add up. For one, if DeGeneres is such a bad boss, how come people keep working for her? With behavior like Life & Style claims, one would think her show would have a high turnover rate and low employee retention, something that’s never been reported by the industry-focused trade magazines. And in this TMZ world, any time a big-name star is problematic at a restaurant, the public ends up hearing about it. Yet the gossip rag cites no specific incidents.

Not only that, Life & Style has had provably wrong information about DeGeneres in the past. Last May, for example, the outlet erroneously reported the comedienne was set to make a movie about transgender children with Angelina Jolie. Gossip Cop corrected the story immediately, and no such project has ever developed.

More recently, last November, the gossip rag said de Rossi was underdoing IVF, but her marriage was “at risk” because DeGeneres didn’t want kids. Curiously, that issue isn’t mentioned anywhere in this new story about what an awful person the TV personality is. And that’s because Life & Style is once again being inventive and sensational, rather than truthful and accurate.


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