The Downward Spiral of Ellen DeGeneres’ Public Personality: A Complete Guide

Did “Fifty Shades of Gray” star Dakota Johnson bring down one of history’s most popular talk show hosts?

Ellen DeGeneres wore a suit and tie: Ellen DeGeneres at a premiere in Los Angeles last year.  (Mark von Holden / Revision / AP)

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Ellen DeGeneres at a premiere in Los Angeles last year. (Mark von Holden / Revision / AP)

Well, no – but you must have seen a lot of jokes lately On twitter Say as much Ellen DeGeneres’ reputation has declined since last fall, when during a particularly awkward interview, DeGeneres accused Johnson of not inviting her to her birthday party, and Johnson responded with a now-defamatory bid, “Actually, no it’s not. True, Ellen.”

But this was just one of a series of controversial incidents surrounding DeGeneres, which ended in a much more serious way last week when a pair of Buzzfeed articles accused of a toxic work environment on daily talk shows, as well as sexual Allegations of harassment and misconduct were also made. By the producers. Warner Bros. launched an internal investigation. DeGeneres sent an email to employees stating that they had taken responsibility as the face of the show, but criticized their employees for not doing so.[ing] As to their work they knew that I wanted to do them. As a result, she wrote, she and the production company “are taking steps together to fix the issues.”

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If you’re curious as to how things got to this point, here’s a guide to how Degeneers’ public persona from the “New Queen of Nice” to even fellow celebrities called her out for treating people .

December 2018: New York Times profile

Even if you don’t regularly tune into the comedian’s hugely successful talk show (on air since 2003), you probably know one thing: He is known for being super good! Not only is her daily sign-off “being kind to each other”, she opens each episode with some goofy dancing that draws millions of viewers to her every afternoon. He often gives money and gifts to people in need, and is involved in several viral segments, including adorable little children meeting their heroes.

But when the New York Times published a Degeneres profile with the ostensibly provocative headline “Ellen DeGeneres Ain’t As Nice You Think”, there was some truth to it. In a rare interview, DiNares spoke openly about being watched all the time as a pressure to be happy, and reporter Jason Zinomon mentioned this dichotomy in his 2018 Netflix stand-up special, titled “Reliable : “Her sharp public image of everyone as good friends in sharp contrast, which she was happy to hear, presented herself – with tongue in cheek – as distinct and indifferent as the cartoon, in a brilliant bubble. Trapped, cracking several jokes, for example, about his illustrious wealth.

Zinomon also asked him about the long-running rumors in Hollywood – that he is, in fact, the opposite of his on-camera personality, and that this is not good for his staff. Degeners replied, “If someone is telling me this is wrong because it’s a lie. On the first day I said: ‘One thing I wish everyone here is happy and proud of is that they Where do you work, and if not, don’t go here. ‘ Nobody is going to raise their voice nor be thankful. This is the rule till date. ”

January 2019: Kevin Hart interview about the Oscars

The “Ellen DeGeneres Show” has long been seen as a favorable location for A-list stars to promote their new project, although the hosts also like to draw awesome pranks on them as they step on set. Due to controversy over his previous homophobic tweets and jokes, in January 2019, Kevin Hart stepped in as Academy Awards host. DeGeneres, who came out as gay on her sitcom in 1997, was a serious moment for the LGBTQ community, stating that she believes in other opportunities and urges her to ignore negative comments online; She also called the academy and asked them to show Hart again. Hart’s homophobic comments triggered a backlash from those hurt and who did not appreciate Dagenaers dismissing the “haters”.

October 2019: photo of George W. Bush

Last fall, DeGeneres and former President George W. Bush were photographed chatting and laughing together at a Dallas Cowboys-Green Bay Packers game. The image sparked outrage on the Internet because DeGeneres, an LGBTQ advocate whose career he faced, was so friendly with a politician who supported a ban on same-marriage and whose administration launched the Iraq War.

DeGaines’ explanation on his show the following week, along with jokes, did not impress his critics. “People were upset. He wondered, ‘Why is a gay Hollywood liberal sitting next to a conservative Republican president?’ “DeGeneres said during their monologue. Here’s the thing: I’m friends with George Bush. In fact, I’m friends with a lot of people who don’t share the same beliefs that I have. We’re all different. And I think we’ve forgotten that it’s okay that we’re all different. ”

He compared it to how he did not agree with people wearing fur or playing Christmas music in October. “When I say, ‘Be kind to each other,’ I don’t just mean people who do what you think.” “I mean be kind to everyone.”

She tweeted in a tweet that “Ellen and George Bush Believe Me Again in America,” and the audience cheered. But several disagreements, summarized in a sample YouTube comment: “Ellen ‘whitewashed a war criminal’s crimes’ such as not wearing fur actually makes me lose faith in humanity.”

Shortly after the segment aired, writer and comedian Dan Sheehan’s tweet actually got steamy:

November 2019: The Dakota Johnson Interview

Yes, it has become somewhat of a Twitter meme that Johnson “brought Ellen down”, but the incident has opened up flooding. Johnson recently kicked Degeneers from his interview at the age of 30, noting: “How was the party? I was not invited. ”

Johnson, certainly unused, shot back: “Actually, no, that’s not true, Ellen. You were invited.” DeGeneres noticed the disgusting act, as Johnson said he remembered DeGeneres getting angry. She had not been invited on her 29th birthday, so the actress made sure to include her on her 30th birthday. “I didn’t know you wanted to be invited,” Johnson said.

“Who doesn’t want to be invited to a party?” DeGeneres asked.

“I didn’t know you liked me!” Johnson said, as Degeneers insisted, really, like him. “But I invited you and you didn’t come, so …”

“Are you sure? How do you know? I don’t think so,” Degeners said.

“Ask everyone,” Johnson said flatly, giving an audible gasp from the audience. “Ask your producer Jonathan.”

Eventually, it was confirmed that yes, Johnson had invited DeGeneres, but he was out of town that weekend (with many saying that when he was in Dallas at the Cowboys game with Bush, there was a possibility That Johnson’s birthday was earlier that week). The interview went viral, and Johnson was saluted for standing up for DeGeneres, when other celebrities were not very likely – or terribly afraid – to do so.

March: Viral Twitter Thread

Johnson may or may not be the tipping point, but a few months later, another viral Twitter thread emerged as comedian and “Gilmore Guise” co-host of the podcast, Kevin T. Porter urged negative stories about Degeners in exchange for food bank donations.

April: Epidemic related incidents

Several weeks after ceasing production of the coronovirus epidemic in Hollywood, DeGeneres posted a YouTube video in which he compared being in prison to quarantine, a joke seen as particularly tone-deaf in that he Sitting in his palace’s California home, the virus was actually a serious condition in proliferation prisons. Following the backlash, his show’s official account deleted a tweet accompanying the video, and the clip was made private on YouTube.

About a week later, Variety reported that “Ellen” employees were panicking as they were told little about their future, including whether they would continue to be paid – and the host reportedly ran the show During this time, non-technical staff were hired to prepare. From his house. The production company, which eventually gave employees some answers, attributed the lack of communication to the “chaos” of the epidemic, Variety wrote.

July: result

On July 16, BuzzFeed published a long story by Christie Lee Yandoli, which featured former (and one current) “Ellen” show staffers who accused the toxic environment of “racism, fear, and intimidation.” As one former employee stated, “He is a ‘kind’ bull — only when the cameras are on. It’s all to show.” Two weeks later, Yandoli published another story that told That according to dozens of people working behind the scenes on the show, “the office is a place where sexual harassment and misconduct by top executive producers”.

Warner Bros. released a statement last week that it is interviewing staff and said, “While not all of the allegations were dismissed, we are disappointed that the investigation’s primary findings point to some shortcomings related to the day of the show Done-day management. We have identified several staffing changes, along with appropriate measures to address the issues raised. ”

DeGeneres has also sent an email to staff stating that changes will happen: “On the first day of our show, I told everyone at our first meeting that ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ would be a place of joy – no one would ever make their voice Will not pick up., And all will be treated with respect. Obviously, something has changed, and I am disappointed to learn that this has not been the case. And I am sorry for that. ”

“I am also learning that the people who work for me and me are speaking on my behalf and making false statements about who I am and how to stop it.” “As someone was judged and lost almost everything that I am, I really understand and have deep compassion for those who are viewed differently, or treated unfairly, not Equal to, or worse – disregarded. To think that any of you have felt that the way is terrible for me. ”

Meanwhile, as other unheard stories about DeGeneres continue (YouTuber NikkieTutorials made headlines talking about her negative experience on the show; fans recalled this uncomfortable interview in which DeGeneres confirmed her pregnancy Pressurized Marianne Carrie), other celebrities are taking unusual steps. Speaking expressions. “Sorry, but it comes from the top @TheEllenShow[.] Know more than one person who was treated very badly. Common Sense, “actor Brad Garrett Tweeted. “True story. This is it,” agreed actress Lee Thompson.

All of this was published on Saturday, according to a Daily Mail story that suggested the show is “felt”, but executive producer Andy Lassner dismissed the idea on Twitter last week, saying, “No one is going through the air.” When asked for comment, one Warner Bros. replied that the season premiere of “The Ellen Degeners Show” is on September 9.

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