[Blind Gossip] People think that this comedic TV host must be as nice behind the scenes as they are on TV.
No. In fact, you don’t even have to go behind the scenes to see that they are not the same as their onscreen personality!
We were shocked at [host’s] behavior! When the camera was on, it was all smiles and jokes. As soon as the commercial break came, [they] didn’t even look at the audience or the guest. Instead, [host] was slumped down in the chair, scowling and looking pissed off and tossing off nasty comments to the crew. Then as soon as the camera back on – boom! – back to smiley and nice.
The audience was looking at each other with their jaws dropped, like, “WTF was THAT?” It was shocking to see this full psycho transition over just a couple of minutes. BTW, you could tell that every member of the crew on that show is either terrified or unhappy. I would be, too, if my boss was Jekyll and Hyde!
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[Optional] Give us three words to describe the host when they are not on TV.
Host: Ellen DeGeneres
Besides the audience member comments we’ve received, we’ve also heard from show staff that Ellen DeGeneres’ TV persona is exactly the opposite of her real-life behavior.
Celebrities in Hollywood also know that Ellen is mean, but, given her popularity, generally keep their opinions to themselves so they can appear on her show.
One celebrity who did speak up about Ellen’s mean streak – comedian Kathy Griffin – has been at war with DeGeneres since 2007!
In her new book, Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-Ins: My A-Z Index, Griffin details how the feud started.
Some more details from The Huffington Post:
Kathy Griffin Says Ellen DeGeneres Is ‘Livid’ After ‘Mean Streak’ Comment
It appears there’s some bad blood brewing between Kathy Griffin and Ellen DeGeneres.
In a recent interview with Access Hollywood, Griffin claimed DeGeneres is “furious” with her after she called out the talk show host for having “a mean streak that all of Hollywood knows about” in her new book, Celebrity Run-Ins: My A-Z Index.
When the two comedians discussed Griffin’s claims over the phone, the comedian said, DeGeneres “just really was on a rant.”
“I had mentioned on your show that I wish that women would support each other more, in particular super super influential women,” Griffin told Access Hollywood. “I expressed that to her and she was like, ‘I don’t have to have anybody on my show I don’t like.’”
According to Griffin, DeGeneres repeated, “I don’t hate you,” and Griffin responded, “I don’t think you hate me.” But after hanging up, Griffin said she “started sobbing.”
“At the end of the day, whether we like each other or not, I’m always going to support a woman, over fifty, in the game and making a great living,” she said.
In Celebrity Run-Ins, Griffin does not identify DeGeneres by name, but instead describes a “beloved daytime talk show host” with “short blonde hair.” During a November appearance on Access Hollywood, Griffin confirmed the blind item was indeed referring to DeGeneres.
The apparent feud between the two women has been ongoing since 2007, when DeGeneres “did a monologue about how mean I am,” Griffin said.
“I was in the dressing room like, ‘S**t! You’re another woman comic, c’mon!’”
The same year, DeGeneres criticized Griffin in an interview with W magazine, calling her fellow comic “very mean.”
“I know she had a big thing about wanting to be on the show, and we didn’t book her,” DeGeneres said. “She did a whole thing that I banned her from the show. I didn’t ban her from the show, because first you have to be on the show to be banned.”
So… Ellen can say that you are mean, but you are not allowed to point out that Ellen is mean. Got it.
Congratulations to Sabrina325 for being first with the correct response!
Oh, and the words our readers would use to describe Ellen are: Phony, controlling, and mean.
Mean, mean, mean!