Ellen DeGeneres Sent “Ugly” Fans to the Back of the Crowd, Forced Staffers to Keep “Riff-Raff” Away From Her

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Another day, another reminder that Ellen DeGeneres is not the fun-loving people person she pretends to be on television.

All summer, reports about DeGeneres bullying her staff and creating a toxic work environment circulated non-stop, shocking many fans who had come to accept the daytime host’s onscreen persona as an accurate reflection of her true self.

For a while, it looked as though the controversy would lead to Ellen’s popular talk show being canceled.

But after an investigation by Warner Media and the firings of three producers, DeGeneres and her remaining staff were cleared to return for an eighteenth season.

Now, staffers who came forward and others — guests, audience members, etc. — who experienced mistreatment on set are left wondering if things have really changed, or if Ellen has once again succeeded in fooling the right people.

The reports about mistreatment on Ellen’s set continue to circulate, and the latest has to do with fans who showed up for tapings, having been falsely assured that they would get a seat in the audience.

“The audience members who don’t get a seat for whatever reason were taken to the Riff-Raff Room where they could watch the show on monitors,” an insider tells UK tabloid The Sun.

“Ellen would regularly go to say a quick ‘hi’ but what fans didn’t know is staffers took off their IDs and pretended to be audience members, then got in-between Ellen and genuine audience members so she didn’t have to get close to her fans,” the source continues.

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“I never knew why that was, I can only guess it was so she kept her own space.”

Yes, not only were fans who showed up for a seat in the audience forced to watch the show on a monitor (which they could have done at home), staffers were instucted to create a human barricade between Ellen and the “riff-raff.”

And believe it or not, it gets worse.

“The show was always overbooked to make sure every seat was filled. There can’t be any vacant seats but they have to be filled with the right people, the best-looking people,” the insider continues.

“Audience hopefuls are graded on their looks. The better-looking ones at the front so they get on camera more, the uglier ones at the back,” the source adds.

“Women were treated and judged by their appearance which is wrong.”

The former staffer goes on to recount an episode in which she was instructed to avoid making eye contact with DeGeneres.

“We were walking down a corridor chatting, then ahead of us Ellen appeared with a security guard, walking straight towards us,” the insider says.

“The person I was with immediately stopped talking, stopped walking and stood with her back to the wall. I thought, ‘What the hell is going on?’ 

“At first I honestly thought it was a joke. But I could tell from my colleague’s face it was serious. So I followed suit. I shut up and stood with my back to the wall, too,” the source continues.

“Ellen walked past and …read more

Source:: The Hollywood Gossip

      

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