Ellen DeGeneres is an American comedian, actress, writer, television host, and producer. She starred in the sitcom Ellen from 1994-1998 and has hosted her syndicated TV talk show, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” since 2003.
Name: Ellen Lee DeGeneres
Date of Birth: January 26, 1958
Age: 62 years
Place of Birth: Metairie, Louisiana, U.S.
Medium: Stand-up, television, film, and books
Alma mater: University of New Orleans
Years active: 1978–present
Genres: Observational, comedy, satire, surreal humor, anti-humor, and deadpan
Subjects: American culture, pop culture, sexuality, and current events
Spouse: Portia de Rossi (m. 2008)
Parents: Betty DeGeneres (mother) and Elliot DeGeneres (father)
Relative: Vance DeGeneres (brother)
Early Life of Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen was born and raised in Metairie, Louisiana, to Elliott Everett DeGeneres and Elizabeth Jane. She has a brother and is of French, German, English, and Irish descent.
In 1974, her parents got divorced, and her mother married Roy Gruessendorf, a salesman.
She was molested by her stepfather when she was 15 or 16 years. In May 1976, Ellen graduated from Atlanta High School, after completing her first years of high school at Grace King High School in Metairie, Louisiana.
Her early jobs included working at J. C. Penney, and being a waitress at TGI Fridays and another restaurant, a hostess, a bartender, and a house painter.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
In April, de Jager spoke about her experience in an interview with &C magazine, saying, “Call me naive, but I quite expected to be welcomed with confetti cannons: ‘Welcome to The Ellen DeGeneres Show!’ But instead, I used to be greeted by an angry intern who was a touch overworked.
I used to be expecting a Disney show, but got Teletubbies after dark.” She also said she wasn’t even allowed to use the restroom: “Every guest at Ellen’s had a personal toilet, but I didn’t. I used to be not allowed to use the closest toilet, because it had been reserved for the Jonas Brothers.”
In March 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, DeGeneres drew backlash online for her comparison of self-quarantine to jail on her remote show.
In May 2020, videos of past interviews of The Ellen DeGeneres Show began to resurface online, and that they drew ire for what some characterized as DeGeneres mistreating and manipulating her celebrity guests.
Some sources claimed the foremost damning was an interview with Mariah Carey where it looked as if DeGeneres had forced Carey to reveal her pregnancy on live television. It began when Ellen asked Carey about rumors that she was pregnant, and Carey responded awkwardly “Don’t discuss that…”
When she expressed her protest to addressing the subject,
DeGeneres proceeded to bring out a bottle of champagne to form a toast to Carey “not being pregnant”.
Carey began to resist drinking the alcohol and she or he then proceeds to pretend to drink it; DeGeneres exclaims “You’re pregnant!” Carey later confirmed to the general public that she was pregnant. Weeks later, she had a miscarriage, something that was emotionally devastating for her.
Australian radio host Neil Breen recalled how DeGeneres’ staff “walked on eggshells” during the show’s 2013 visit to Australia, which he was told, “Now, Neil, nobody is to speak to Ellen. you do not ask her, you do not approach her, you do not check out her.”
He stated that “the whole was bizarre”.The instigator of a toxic work environment, racism and harassment allegations
In March 2020, the series faced allegations of not communicating with crew members about pay during the pandemic-induced shutdown.
An article was posted on BuzzFeed News on July 16, 2020, during which 10 anonymous former employees accused DeGeneres’ show of being a toxic workplace. Accusations included being fired after taking medical leave or bereavement days to attend funerals, also as racist comments and microaggressions.
One employee stated, “That ‘be kind’ bullshit only happens when the cameras are on. It’s all for show. I do know they provide money to people and help them out, but it’s for show.”
On July 27, it had been announced that WarnerMedia would begin an indoor investigation of the show’s workplace following the allegations. In response, DeGeneres published a letter apologizing to her staff.
Ellen DeGeneres Talk Show Returning Amid controversy
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” returns for Season 18 in September. 21, 2020. Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show is back and she plans to address the elephant in the room.
Ellen revealed on Tuesday that “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” will return in-studio for Season 18 with a guest appearance from comedian “Tiffany Haddish” in September. 21.
DeGeneres said in a press release obtained by USA TODAY on Tuesday, “I can’t wait to get back to work and back to our studio. And, yes, we’re gonna talk about it,”
And by “it,” DeGeneres is referring to allegations of sexual harassment, workplace toxicity, and racism leveled by unnamed former staffers at “Ellen.”