Pressure Mounts as Talkshow Host is Accused of Being a Bully. There is even a petition asking for DeGeneres to be replaced by Ellen Page.
Transgender makeup artist Nikkie de Jager is the latest to come out saying Ellen DeGeneres is not as nice as she appeared on Ellen.
Speaking on Dutch talkshow De Wereld Draait Door, de Jager says her appearance on Ellen felt like “a whole different world.”
De Jager says that when she appeared on the show late last year, DeGeneres didn’t even acknowledge her prior to taping the interview.
‘It’s really nice that you came over and said hello to me… She didn’t,’ Nikkie replied bluntly – suggesting that her meeting with the TV host was not what she expected.
De Jager’s claims come after one of DeGeneres’ ex-employees took to twitter to describe the talk show host as “one of the meanest people alive” in a series of tweets.
The ex-employee, Kevin T Porter then encouraged other users to share their stories of Ellen’s behaviour.
Drag Race star Detox tweeted that, “An old friend worked on her lot and smiled & said ‘good afternoon’ to her one day and she became unhinged. ‘Who do you think you are? You don’t look at me’ yada yada. She said Portia was with her and seemed embarrassed and tried to calm her down. Has forever changed my opinion of her.”
TV writer Benjamin Siemon says DeGeneres “has a ‘sensitive nose’ so everyone must chew gum from a bowl outside her office before talking to her and if she thinks you smell that day you have to go home and shower.”
Siemon claims that the talk show host would choose somebody new each day to pick on. “A new staff member was told, ‘Every day she picks someone different to really hate. It’s not your fault, just suck it up for the day and she’ll be mean to someone else the next day.’ They didn’t believe it but it ended up being entirely true.”
Amongst the backdrop of negative social media reaction towards Ellen as a result of the claims, a petition has been launched on change.org calling for Ellen Page to replace DeGeneres as the host of Ellen. The petition has been signed by over 7000 people to date.