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Just a general rule of thumb for life: don’t be mean to service workers, okay? It’s time to talk about how Ellen DeGeneres treats her house staff.

Is Ellen DeGeneres mean to her house staff too?

Just a general rule of thumb for life: don’t be mean to service workers, okay? It’s not that hard to be polite to a person who is making barely minimum wage. Just because they’re working, it doesn’t mean that you have the right to push them around. Yes, even if you hired them. Be a good human being, okay? Ellen DeGeneres, unsurprisingly, is apparently still having issues with this lesson in basic decency.

We’ve seen the scandal about the toxic workplace environment at the Ellen DeGeneres Show along with DeGeneres horror stories being shared on Twitter, it’s time to talk about how Ellen DeGeneres treats her house staff. You know, the staff of her multi-million dollar house that she compared to a prison? Yeah, that staff. 


Yes, Ellen DeGeneres is under fire yet again for allegedly being mean. An ex-staffer told Page Six about working at DeGeneres’ house. Oh boy, this former staff member had some stories to share. “My belief is that someone’s real personality comes out at home. So after everything that has been said about her at work, you can imagine how terrible Ellen is going to be at home when her guard is down.”

The ex-staffer said that DeGeneres would go out of her way to make workers feel bad about a subpar performance on the previous day. Or, they would be shamed for serving food in the wrong bowl. The ex-staffer recalled DeGeneres yelling at a chef who, gasp, used the guest bathroom. 

“She treated you like you were nothing,” the anonymous source said. “She was going to torture you and you were just going to sit there and listen to it because you were being paid.”

How did the staff handle it?

If the staff weren’t fired by Ellen, then they quit. Of course, quitting makes your resume look bad in Hollywood. The ex-staffer said that there was an incredibly high turnover rate working at Ellen DeGeneres’ house. Ellen, apparently, took “pleasure” in firing those that were giving, what she believed, to be a subpar performance. Does it sound like a level of Hell? Yes. Yes, it does.

“I was told that she had a very high turnover and that I should stay under the radar as much as possible, avoid as much direct contact with Ellen as possible. Working there was described as being more like a boot camp. Ellen was the worst person that I’ve ever met in my life.”

Will there be another investigation? 

As this took place off the Warner Bros lot, then probably not. You can’t be fired from being a bad boss to any household staff that you have. This does, however, hit Ellen’s already highly damaged reputation yet again. It’s honestly amazing that people are still defending her at this point given how many dings that she has taken over the years.

Of course, it should be taken with a grain of salt. Page Six, after all, is a tabloid. So while we want to trust their source, we should probably wait until other news outlets can probably verify what’s being alleged.

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