One of Ellen DeGeneres’ former household employees alleges that the TV host ran a super tight ship, enjoyed tormenting her employees over the tiniest of mistakes, and took great pleasure in firing people.
The ex-staffer, who lasted only a few months on the job, told Daily Mail that the “toxic culture” at her California home rivaled that of her show.
“Sometimes, she would yell at us, but it was more about the incredibly condescending tone she would use. She treated you like you were nothing,” the source told the publication in an interview. “She was going to torture you, and you were just going to sit there and listen to it because you were being paid.”
It was normal for Ellen to submit a daily list of what was done incorrectly, including the failure to ensure her latte was frothed the way she likes it, allowing a chef using a guest toilet, and a maid forgetting to throw out some recycling.
Before she left for work, she would “lay traps” to see if the staff was dusting properly, even going so far as to lean matchsticks up against cupboard doors or behind cushions and books.
“Ellen was the worst person that I’ve ever met in my life. She takes pleasure in firing people,” the source added.
The allegations of Ellen’s tyrannical behavior at home come on the heels of the same being said about her at work, with dozens of current and former staffers alleging an environment of racism, bullying, and sexual harassment were commonplace on set.
Ellen has since apologized, and there is an ongoing investigation by Warner Media into the allegations on set.
When Daily Mail reached out to Ellen’s sources, they denied there is truth to any of the details provided by the source and said this story has been completely fabricated.