Ellen Degeneres Is Under Fire Again for the Way She Is Treating Her Crew

Ellen Degeneres has received no shortage of bad press in the past month. It seems with the time away from her show, she has had more time to put her foot in her mouth. From comparing being quarantined in her mansion to being in prison to people swapping stories of how she’s notorious for being mean despite her “be kind” agenda, it’s not been the best time for Degeneres publicity-wise. Now, however, she’s under fire for the way she’s treating her crew members who work on The Ellen Degeneres Show.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show
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Amidst the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the production of many popular television shows was halted or shut down entirely. The same held true for The Ellen Degeneres Show. According to Variety, the crew received little to no communication about the status of their employment for two weeks. This left many crew members wondering if and when they should file for unemployment.

‘The Ellen Degeneres Show’ crew is outraged about working conditions

Of course, many fans of The Ellen Degeneres Show assumed that since the host was building a set in her home, a lot of crew members would be taken care of. However, that has not proved to be the case for most of the crew. Funnily enough, Degeneres cited that she was eager to get back to her show because of her staff and crew. “I love them, I miss them, the best thing I can do to support them is to keep the show on the air,” the comedian shared in a recent episode of her show.

The host is doing her show from her house

Unfortunately, most crew members only found out that Degeneres was building a home set for her show when she announced it via social media. Furthermore, only four members of the original crew are currently working on the new show. Instead, a new non-union crew was hired to do the technical work that the show requires. Crew members are also upset that none of the higher-ups have been in contact with them. Especially since many of them have been part of the show since its inception nearly 17 years ago.

The comedian could use her net worth to support workers

The Ellen Degeneres Show crew members also shared that they reached out to colleagues who work on other shows in the industry. For example, the contacted crew members who work on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and discovered that Jimmy Kimmel was paying his workers in full until ABC took over. In contrast, crew members working for Degeneres are taking pay cuts. Seeing as the popular host gets paid over $50 million a year and has an astounding net worth of $490 million, Degeneres could certainly afford to foot the bill for her crew for a bit.

Is Ellen DeGeneres actually mean?

The public’s reaction to the news has been varied. However, there are lots of people who are using this situation as an indicator that all the stories about Degeneres being a mean person are true. “NOW can we as a society openly acknowledge those stories about her being awful, instead of just eternally pretending it’s some Slenderman-esque fantasy?? It’s insane to me how long she’s gotten away with it,” one person questioned. It’ll be interesting to see if and when Degeneres addresses her crew’s gripes on her show.