'Ellen' Loses 1 Million Viewers After Allegations of Disrespectful Behavior, Toxic Work Environment Emerge
On today's episode of people facing the consequences of their own (alleged) actions, The Ellen DeGeneres Show has reportedly lost more than 1 million viewers after several reports emerged surrounding once-beloved host and famed comedian, Ellen DeGeneres, reportedly acting hostile towards staff members and guests alike, according to a new report from the New York Times.
From crew members alleging a severe lack of communication during the early days of lockdown, to NikkieTutorials detailing how the talk show host reportedly acted “cold and distant” towards her when the cameras weren't rolling during her appearance on the show, and even a BuzzFeed report detailing the “racism, fear, and intimidation” staff members say they experienced behind the scenes, DeGeneres found herself in the hot seat last summer, as several spoke out about her temperament and the “toxic" workplace she cultivated for her staffers.
“That ‘be kind’ bullshit only happens when the cameras are on. It’s all for show,” an ex-employee explained to the publication. “I know they give money to people and help them out, but it’s for show.”
She later addressed these accusations in the season premiere of her show last September. “Being known as the Be Kind Lady is a tricky position to be in,” DeGeneres explained in the episode that garnered record views. “So let me give you some advice. If anyone is thinking of changing their title or giving yourself a nickname, do not go with the Be Kind Lady.”
Despite the first episode's success, it seems fans quickly checked out, as Ellen's views plummeted. it's important to note that since the pandemic hit the United States last year, several talk shows, including Dr. Phil, and The Kelly Clarkson show have respectively losing 22% and 26% of viewers. Yet Ellen's losses are a particularly steep decline, accounting for 43% of its audience, the outlet reported.
So remember folks, if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all – especially if being nice is your schtick and you care about the ratings of your daytime talk show.