When the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made their dramatic move to North America in January, many expected that the couple would soon fall into the arms of US television.
The Duchess, friends said, wanted an open ear for her story of perceived suffering from the royal family and the British press.
And no one "sympathizes" or understands pain like Ellen DeGeneres, queen of daytime television and presenter with an unmatched reputation for sweet friendliness and empathy.
Her piercing blue eyes seem constantly filled with tears of compassion, especially when she exhorts viewers to be "kind to each other" – her trademark, which is held at the end of the Ellen DeGeneres show, which has been running for 17 years.
Nobody "sympathizes" or understands pain like Ellen DeGeneres (with her wife, actress Portia de Rossi), Queen of Daytime TV and a presenter with an unmatched reputation for sweet friendliness and empathy
She and the Duchess seemed made for each other. And of course they were already friends. DeGeneres, 62, visited the Sussexes in London and was even allowed to hold Baby Archie.
Meghan attributed DeGeneres to having persuaded her to adopt a dog when they once met at a Los Angeles shelter.
When the Sussexes made the headlines worldwide for deciding to step down from royal duties, DeGeneres defended the couple on their show.
"I see that they are under attack and it's not fair," she enthused. “You are two of the most down-to-earth, compassionate people; You do so much good for the world. "
But she didn't get the gig – so far nobody has managed to secure a place on the sofa for Harry and Meghan for this heart to heart.
In Ellen's case, it looks like she'll never do it now.
In Hollywood's most dizzying case in years, Ellen DeGeneres, worth around £ 254 million, is torn to pieces by fans who once idolized her – especially after she came out in 1997 as a temporary hiatus in her career, but she soon opened the cover of Time Magazine under the heading "Daring to be Real".
Because it turns out that Ellen may not be quite as nice as everyone thought.
Ellen DeGeneres (right, with singer Taylor Swift), valued at around £ 254 million, is torn to pieces by the fans who once idolized her
Warners Bros, which owns the production company that runs the Ellen DeGeneres show for NBC, has opened an investigation after at least 36 past and current employees have accused her of presiding in a toxic workplace that has been reported to be racist, bullying, intimidating and Sexual harassment is shaped by the Buzzfeed news website.
The official investigation to date revealed "some shortcomings related to the daily management of the show".
Some employees said they were released after taking days off to attend funerals. "Your" friendly "bull **** only happens when the cameras are on. It's all for the show," said an employee.
Warner Bros, who, according to Forbes, earns £ 27 million a year from her show, insists that DeGeneres is not investigated himself – three of her producers are charged with bullying and sexual misconduct.
Warners Bros, which owns the production company that runs the Ellen DeGeneres show for NBC, has opened an investigation after at least 36 past and current employees have accused her of presiding in a toxic workplace that is full of racism, bullying, intimidation, and sexual harassment is
However, some allegations have focused specifically on them. She sent an email to the staff expressing her surprise that her job was not a place of happiness and promised to fix the problems.
DeGeneres is not charged with any of the offenses, but she said in her email: "My name is on the show and everything we do and I take responsibility for it."
Several former employees told Buzzfeed that they were surprised that they hadn't heard the rumors about the accused producers because they worked so closely with them.
"It's very hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that she doesn't hear the same whisper," said one. "Unless she's really in that bubble."
Industry insiders insist that DeGeneres will make it, but she is reportedly "put down" by the controversy and looming decline of her sparkling career when audience ratings dropped from 4.2 million per episode to a record low of 1.2 million last month sank.
Substitute moderators such as Jennifer Aniston and British comedian James Corden have been discussed, although the show, since it was DeGeneres' idea, may simply be scrapped.
So where did everything go wrong? Ellen's troubles began in mid-March when much of the United States was looking for distractions.
American comedian Kevin Porter tweeted that Ellen was "notoriously the meanest living person" and offered to donate $ 2 to charity for every example someone shared.
Ellen DeGeneres (pictured) will come back to host season 18 of her show while investigations into allegations of a toxic workplace continue
He said he made his fateful tweet for no particular reason and told the New York Post: "It was just a thought that I got out of bed – it seemed like a fun, creative way to raise money for charity . "
Many assumed Porter was joking – but when he received 2,700 responses to his request, the devastating stories came quickly and easily. A woman, a former waitress, claimed that DeGeneres wrote to her boss to complain that she "chipped off nail polish" while serving.
A former show producer, Hedda Muskat, said she had noticed a "culture of fear" when she started working in 2003. "I've never been near a toxic host," she said.
When a producer yelled at a red-faced crew member during a meeting, DeGeneres just giggled and said, "Well, I think every production needs a dog," Ms. Muskat recalled.
Neil Breen, a former executive producer of an Australian breakfast show, claimed that DeGeneres' team gave him exceptional rules for dealing with her when she appeared on his program in 2013.
"The producers called us aside and said:" OK, this is how it will work here this morning, Neil – nobody should talk to Ellen. You don't talk to her, you don't walk up to her, you don't look at her. She will come in, she will sit down, she will speak to Richard (the show host) and then Ellen will go. "
"I don't know if she's a nice person or not. But I can tell you, the people who worked with her ran around on eggshells all the time."
Others have merely confirmed that DeGeneres' alleged "inconvenience" is one of Hollywood's worst kept secrets.
"When you move to LA, the first thing you get is a parking ticket, and someone who's worked for Ellen will tell you a story about how she's a monster," said writer and comedian Dan Sheehan.
Ellen DeGeneres had her worst reviews ever in the midst of an ongoing scandal that has led her show to a toxic work culture characterized by bullying, racism and sexual harassment
The celebrities who have weighed against DeGeneres dispel any notion that it is simply disgruntled employees who try to bring them down.
Brad Garrett, star of hit comedy series Everybody Loves Raymond, claimed on Twitter that her inconvenience was "common knowledge". He said, "Sorry, but it comes from above. Know more than one person who has been terribly treated by you. "
The actress and director Lea Thompson, who starred in the films "Back To The Future", agreed with him and said: "True story, that's it."
Unfortunately for DeGeneres, the line broke when ordinary Americans became infected with a new mood of cynicism towards their normally revered celebrities, who showed how touchless and pampered they are while the rest of the country is suffering.
During the ban, her employees complained that she had hired a cheaper, non-union, freelance crew to take up her segments from home, while expected to cut wages by 60 percent even while the show was still on was broadcast.
In July, employees of the syndicated talk show during the day cited a number of executive producers of the show in their complaints, including Kevin Leman and Ed Glavin. Ellen was reportedly accompanied by executive producers Andy Lassner, Mary Connelly, and Derek Westervelt, as well as senior executives to resolve the issues on Monday
DeGeneres, who reportedly earns $ 50 million (£ 38 million) from the show and around $ 40 million (£ 31 million) from other sources annually, caused further trouble when she compared being stuck at home and at Being in jail – just like she published smug Instagram videos of the £ 20m Balinese-style mansion near Santa Barbara she shares with her 12-year-old actress Portia de Rossi (47).
Last October, she was seen laughing and chatting with former President George W. Bush at an American football game, which led to gay rights activists attacking her for contacting a president who opposed him had pronounced a gay marriage.
In contrast, when DeGeneres had Caitlyn Jenner on the show, she abused her as a Republican.
The star, who until recently couldn't do anything wrong in the eyes of liberal America, can't do anything right now and speak on social media, is about whether she can avoid her show – and indeed her status – " is canceled ”or not.
It comes shortly after reports that the show made a call to employees on Monday to discuss how it would develop amid the allegations
DeGeneres, the daughter of a speech therapist mother and an insurance agent father, both of whom were Christian scientists, has already revealed how her stepfather molested her at 15 or 16. She started as a stand-up comedian in her native Louisiana in the late eighties, he broke into film and television.
In 1997, her sitcom Ellen was at its peak of popularity when she decided to act as a lesbian on the ABC show – which was a surprise even for her mother.
The television broadcaster warned of the series before each episode and the following year, due to rumors that family-friendly Disney, ABC's owner, felt uncomfortable because of their sexuality.
DeGeneres, who often quotes her personal problems when attacked (as in her last email to employees), complained to an interviewer that she always felt like an outsider.
However, within six years the "outsider" was back and soon dominated the daytime television programs.
In her current situation, she is unlikely to make fun of her personal argument – given her wealth and a list of friends who include the Obamas and Bill Gates.
America is shocked by revelations about the dark side of a popular celebrity, but to be fair, the clues have long been there.
In December 2018, she told an interviewer that she was bored to be "nice" and that she felt "encircled" by her reputation for kindness – although she dismissed rumors that she was terrible for her employees as "a lie." ".
Her passive-aggressive series often shows up on the screen, for example, when she relentlessly harassed singer Taylor Swift to reveal who her friends were, harassed Mariah Carey to admit that she was pregnant, or when she was an embarrassed member of the audience was secretly filmed when she took more than her share of Ellen-related giveaways before the show.
Her arrogance has occasionally backfired, for example when she pulled up Fifty Shades Of Gray's Star Dakota Johnson for not inviting her to her 30th birthday party.
"Actually, that's not the truth, Ellen – you were invited," Johnson corrected her sweetly but firmly. Ellen was visibly unsettled – especially when it turned out that she had traveled to Texas for that football game with Mr. Bush that day.
A number of previous celebrity guests – including singer Katy Perry and actors Ashton Kutcher, Diane Keaton and Alec Baldwin – have joined forces to support DeGeneres, but their protests that she was never angry with them have the current anti-celebrity feeling only tightened. Of course DeGeneres will be nice to big stars, chorus of their critics.
Being an unbearable diva is hardly unusual in Hollywood, but DeGeneres seems to have sealed her fate by basing her appeal on the opposite. But then Tinseltown has an inglorious history of tolerating monsters – as long as they are successful.
TV industry observers believe Warner Bros is doing its best right now to keep DeGeneres on the air. However, it can be a step too far to expect her to deliver her sermon with a straight face after this farce.
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