Former Ellen producer SLAMS DeGeneres for ‘duping fans into believing she’s a nice person’ as she reacts to show being cancelled
A producer who worked on the Ellen DeGeneres show has come out swinging against her former employer, after the talk show host announced her decision to quit the long-running program on Thursday.
Appearing on Australian breakfast show Sunrise, award-winning producer Hedda Muskat said Ellen’s show was destined for failure because she’d misled her frans into believing she was a ‘nice person’.
‘The viewers have spoken. Her ratings have been in the toilet for a long, long time now, her show has not been fun, it has not been interesting,’ Hedda said.
A producer who worked on the Ellen DeGeneres show has come out swinging against her former employer, after the talk show host announced her decision to quit the long-running program on Thursday
‘And she is not really by the way, stepping down, the viewers fired her,’ she added.
Hedda served as a producer in 2003 and was in charge of booking everyday people to appear on the show in ‘human interest’ segments.
When asked whether she was surprised by Ellen’s downfall, Hedda simply replied: ‘Not a shock at all.’
‘I think the viewers are disappointed in the phoniness she’s been projecting, as this ‘nice person’. So I feel that the viewers feel duped, in a way, that she’s not this nice person.’
‘The viewers are not going to put up with the backstage racism that goes on in the backstage bullying that goes on. So I think the viewers have woken up, finally.’
Announcing her decision to end her show after 19 seasons, DeGeneres told The Hollywood Reporter: ‘When you’re a creative person, you constantly need to be challenged. And as great as this show is, and as fun as it is, it’s just not a challenge anymore.’
She downplayed last year’s toxic-workplace scandal, however, and insisted it was not a factor in her decision to wrap up the program.
‘It almost impacted the show,’ DeGeneres, who was not accused of wrongdoing herself but was blamed for allowing the issues to develop, told the trade publication.
‘It was very hurtful to me. I mean, very. But if I was quitting the show because of that, I wouldn’t have come back this season,’ she added.
Time to go: DeGeneres announced on Wednesday she will be ending her talk show in 2022, after 19 seasons and more than 3,000 episodes
DeGeneres, who is married to Australian actress Portia de Rossi, has apparently been considering ending the show for several years.