Is Ellen DeGeneres mean? A waitress was nearly fired over nail polish
Amidst allegations of her mean behavior, Ellen DeGeneres has endured some serious scrutiny in the spotlight over the past few months, with claims of everything from a “toxic” workplace to workplace harassment and general rude, diva-like behavior.
Although several A-list celebrities have emerged in support of DeGeneres, the talk show host’s alleged actions have divided viewers and encouraged witnesses to speak out on their experiences; dozens have produced stories and accusations, leading WarnerMedia group to launch an internal investigation, and Ellen to deliver a formal apology.
From instances ranging from heavy accusations of harassment to minor encounters of dissatisfaction, some speculate if group mentality and “cancel culture” have blown another story out of proportion. If you still can’t believe DeGeneres could actually be mean, here’s a story about some nail polish suggesting otherwise.
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Ellen DeGeneres: A tale of nail polish
An aspiring stand-up comedian moonlighting as a waitress serves a popular talk show host – then drama ensues. That’s exactly what happened to Chris Farah as she recalled a 2014 encounter with Ellen DeGeneres.
When an April 2020 Twitter thread exploded with stories describing why Ellen is “one of the meanest people alive,” it was near-impossible to keep track of all of the allegations from the former crew of Ellen’s show to those working in entertainment and hospitality industries.
One story caught attention more than others thanks to its account of Ellen outside of her celebrity persona, as a restaurant patron – one who tried to get her waitress fired over some nail polish.
Ellen DeGeneres: Not a typical celebrity diner
Chris Farah waited on Ellen and her wife, Portia de Rossi during a brunch shift at a vegan restaurant called Real Food Daily. Despite believing herself to be polite and charming, Farah’s personality was not enough to win over a judgmental DeGeneres.
Farah described her entire encounter to DailyMail, having noted Ellen’s demeanor as “a little weird” and even remembered Ellen asking about – and ordering – the same food as another celebrity in Farah’s section – Christina Applegate.
After her shift was over, Farah acknowledged the experience hadn’t been what she expected when serving a celebrity, but believed Ellen had an enjoyable experience – until Farah was confronted by her bosses a week later.
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Ellen gives mean feedback
When Chris Farah’s managers called the thirty-two-year-old over during a shift, Farah remembered they had asked her if she had waited on Ellen DeGeneres the week before. Farah also recalled to DailyMail how Ellen was a friend of the restaurant’s owner, and sincerely expected to receive positive feedback from the star’s visit.
Instead of praise, Farah received a warning from her managers – although not without some recognition of its absurdity. Reportedly, Ellen emailed the owner of Real Food Daily, her friend named Anne. The purpose of Ellen’s communication? To complain about how Farah had chipped nail polish on one finger while serving Ellen and Portia.
Thanks to pressure from the owner, the managers told Farah they’d be seeking consequences, beginning with a two-week suspension due to the complaint. Farah admitted she did chip her nail polish, but the timing of her shifts – closing at 11:30 the night before, and opening early that morning – did not allow time to get it fixed.
Ellen almost gets her waitress fired
Farah also recalled how other than the aesthetic of the minor detail itself, the chipped nail polish did not impact any other aspect of service, and especially not the food.
When Farah shared her thoughts with DailyMail, she described the entire situation through a lens of disappointment: “[Ellen] really went out of her way to try to hurt someone who was beneath her and serving her.”
Farah followed her astonishment with, “It’s not anything akin to her image of ‘be kind’. It’s unnecessarily cruel and out of touch, and doesn’t understand the repercussions.” Instead of being subjected to the two week suspension, Farah had already put in a notice, deciding to pursue stand-up comedy as a full-time career.
Ellen DeGeneres: Holding “mean” accountable
Farah’s criticism of DeGeneres’s behavior informs the current discourse around the talk show host’s actions, and more relevant, adds controversy to the grounds on which other A-list celebrities have come to her defence.
As Farah concluded her thoughts during her interview, “[Ellen’s] obviously a very rich, famous, television person. She has to assume the person serving her is not as rich or famous as her . . . and she knows the power she has over this particular restaurant and owner because she has a relationship with them.”
While some critics of the “cancel Ellen” movement are celebrities who express they’ve never been mistreated, accusers suggest this perspective overlooks the celebrity bias not accounting for the way DeGeneres treats any non-celebrity; Farah believes Ellen should be judged on these actions – the ones occurring outside of the spotlight.
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Ridiculous. Why did ghd restaurant owner suspend her for ‘nail polish’…2 weeks? And ordering what you see someone eating at another table I’d hardly what I’d call weird. What a bizarre,useless storyAugust 10, 2020
Ellen is bipolar only people with that condition would behave so, then she seems so unhappy at times, a lifestyle that Almighty God does not condone, all the money in the world wouldn’t heal her, too many tears of people she I’ll treated falling on her headAugust 11, 2020
If I own a restaurent I would want my friends to share with me what they see . Being served food looking at chip nails is not very appetizing, if you know you will have a long shift do your nails the day before. I would have done the same thing as Helen and tell my friend ! It has nothing to do with unkindness, it has to do with telling a friend about what’s going o in his restaurant. While serving food a waither or a waitress as to look as clean as possible. The image of the restaurant could suffer from any mishap.August 11, 2020
Very sad and disenchanted that this happened. Ellen D. ALWAYS appeared to be a down to earth caring person. However, we never really do know what goes on behind closed doors?August 11, 2020
This is a perfect example of why it’s long past time to stop treating ‘celebrities’ as though they have any kind of privilege or importance than everyone else.August 11, 2020
I can believe it. I stopped watching Ellen because she was helping people who really didn’t need help. Ex: she gave money to a young woman who had been living with her parents?? Why not help someone that didn’t have a place to live…period! I started watching who she gave money to and it seemed very strange who she deemed “needed help”.August 11, 2020
Why in this world of 2020 should anyone be concerned over Ellen? She can be as mean as she can get away with and still have friends. Really who cares?August 11, 2020
Mickie s Wharton
Has Ellen lost site of the human race behind her gated community and ultra rich standing. She would get someone fired over that small of a thing, and deprive her of an income. I will never watch her program again and I hope all those who read this about her don’t either!August 13, 2020
I am horrified about Ellens’s behavior!!! Power does not excuse awful actions.August 13, 2020
Put yourself in these folks position, Ellen!!! Kindness Breeds Kindness.
Did Ellen leave her a tip? If so, how much?August 14, 2020
I don’t care what people say I love Ellen. She may have had moments where she wasn’t the best person but, who hasn’t had days like that?
All of the good she has done for “average people” out weighs the bad. Ellen’s actions for helping people is seen daily on her show. All these cockroaches coming out of the cracks saying she’s mean is hearsay. No proof. Sorry but nope these so called victims are ridiculous. The waitress should not have worn nail polish. She didn’t have time to polish her nails? It takes 5 minutes to remove polish. Makes the restaurant look bad. If you don’t have time to fix your nails between shifts you may not have time to wash your hands. Just saying…
john f. ram b.o.
you are wrong in so many ways that are useless to say anything else.October 15, 2020
All that money and fame has gone to her head. HypocriteAugust 16, 2020