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Ellen DeGeneres Issued a Half-Assed Non-Apology to Her Crew the Same Day and Australian Producer Recalled What a Nightmare She Was

Ellen DeGeneres can’t catch a break. She issued an “apology” to her staff that essentially involved throwing one of her EPS under the bus. Just read the first paragraph of  the statement she made to her staff, which was published by Variety.

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. 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.

Her bad luck is that a producer on the Australian talk show Today gave an interview where he described Ellen as being an absolute terror she was when she appeared on that show which was picked up by Page Six just hours before her “oh jeez, how could this have happened?” schtick.

“[Ellen DeGeneres’] producers called us aside … and said, ‘Now, Neil, no one is to talk to Ellen. You don’t talk to her, you don’t approach her, you don’t look at her,’” Neil Breen said this week on radio station 4BC, where he’s now a host.

The demands came after Ellen’s staff already had “watered down” her appearance on “Today” from a spot co-hosting the Sydney-based show to doing just a sit-down interview in Melbourne, which meant the production had to relocate 443 miles, Breen said.

She insisted no one in the crew so much as look at her after making them relocate to a different city. And Sydney and Melbourne are not exactly just next door; it’s the equivalent of agreeing to meet someone in New York and then calling them from Pittsburgh and saying “there’s been a change of plans.”

By the way, if you want to impress your Australian friends, just pronounce it Melbun. I’m 100% certain Ellen said Melborn.

He also said her team controlled how the interview would be conducted, from lighting to seating. Breen said he couldn’t tell what type of person DeGeneres was, as he “never got to talk to her.”

“I have no idea whether she’s a nice person or not, I wouldn’t have a clue,” he added. “But I can tell you the people who worked with her walked on eggshells the whole time, and the whole thing was totally bizarre.

But don’t worry, everyone in Ellen’s crew, now that mean ole producer Ed Glavin is gone you can all “learn and grow” together.

You know I how I know these stories about Ellen aren’t anything that’s normal for celebrities? Because you’re hearing about them. No one has come forward and said “Oh, yeah, you’re not allowed to look at any talk show host, I once saw Conan O’Brien shove a can of Guinness up an intern’s ass and open it inside of him because he said ‘beautiful morning for it, boss’ in passing.” It just doesn’t happen.

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