Rumors about the true nature of the seemingly warm and bubbly Ellen DeGeneres have been circulating the internet for years but only now are people choosing to pay more attention to them. And it seems to be really taking its toll...  

For years now, rumors about Ellen DeGeneres' true personality have been rife.

Though she has built her on-screen persona around being outspoken against injustice and generous to the needy, many people have claimed that, in real life, she is quite the opposite.

Those who have met the star have claimed that she is nothing more than another power-hungry, self-centered celebrity.

Which is certainly a far cry from the relatable and humble TV host we all know and love… Or we thought we knew and loved.

In recent years, Ellen's image has been questioned more and more.

Cracks have certainly begun to show, and rumors of the somewhat nastier personality behind the famous smiling blonde-haired, blue-eyed face have been intensifying.

Evidently, people who know the host have been growing tired of her flawless persona...

And, for many years now, a number of different former employees have been attempting to expose Ellen for who she truly is.

These employees certainly haven't held back.

Her behavior is shocking, and now, more horror stories have surfaced that have had a huge impact on her ratings…

Ellen clearly doesn't care too much for writers strikes.

This Twitter user came forward with the story about Ellen’s head writer, Karen Kilgariff. Karen was under Ellen’s employment for 5 years until she took part in a writer’s strike. Boom. Fired. And a word was never exchanged between the pair again.

More scandal regarding her treatment of staff...

This woman claims that her friend used to work as a writer on the show and, in the whole 2 years of her employment, Ellen didn’t greet her once. In fact, none of the staff were allowed to speak to the star of the show. Apparently.

Staff weren't even allowed in the same room as her.

Wow, we really aren’t worthy, are we?

Her veganism has also ruffled a few feathers in the past.

For a colleague’s birthday, Twitter user Alison Freer was celebrating with a BBQ outside of the Warner Bros studios where The Ellen Show is filmed. However, Ellen was quick to shut down all the festivities by sending someone over to put a stop to the celebration, all because she doesn’t eat meat. Not cool, Ellen.

She reportedly sacked someone for talking to her too much.

This Twitter user came forward with a damning story that, after a mildly autistic employee talked to and simply looked at the host too often, he was fired.

Ellen doesn't want any of her celebrity buddies to mingle with the common folk.

Ellen has notoriously sucked up to the rich and famous for years, and apparently she wants to keep them all for herself. When Russell Brand wandered into the employee break area to chat with the crew, Ellen apparently got quite irritated and told him that he “doesn’t have to interact with these people.”

She has a "sensitive nose".

And this highly sensitive nose apparently means that people working around her have to take extra care with their smell… Including chewing gum from a bowl outside her office before speaking to her. Some members of staff have even been asked to go home and shower. Now that’s just rude.

She apparently chooses someone new to "hate."

A staff member was once told that, while filming, Ellen will randomly “pick someone different to really hate” for no reason whatsoever. And these poor employees simply have to suck it up and endure her wrath for the day.

Staff members are reportedly encouraged to cheer her up when she's in a bad mood.

There isn’t enough money in the world that would ever encourage me to do that. Thank you, next.

Her compassion for animals strikes again.

Though it’s great that she cares so much about animals, her sensitivity to the matter doesn’t bode well for her employees.

Ellen apparently hates her own fans.

And her own show! Who’d have thought it?

She tried to get a waitress fired. Apparently.

This social media user claimed that her friend was once working in a restaurant where Ellen was dining. She claims that Ellen attempted to get a waitress fired after she discovered she’d broken a nail? Weird.

She has no respect for her current staff.

In a recent, weird segment on her talk show, the sixty-two-year-old rated her staff’s babies after telling us “my staff [have] a lot of beautiful additions to their families. Clearly they had to be rated.” Did they Ellen? Did they really?

And, more recently...

Ellen has come under fire for her handling of the ongoing protests and riots regarding the death of George Floyd.

While a huge proportion of our country protests and riots against the treatment of black people in our country...

The TV host has faced serious backlash for her stance on the matter.

Like most other celebrities, Ellen tweeted about the ongoing racism in this country, where she demonstrated her support to the Black Lives Matter movement.

But, in doing so, she sparked a whole lot of outrage.

Here's what she wrote.

In a tweet that has since been deleted, Ellen said: “Like so many of you, I am angry and I am sad. People of color in this country have faced injustice for far too long. For things to change, things must change. We must commit ourselves to this change with conviction and with love.”

Many people found Ellen's use of the phrase "people of color" rather problematic...

The term “colored” or “people of color” is incredibly dated and somewhat insensitive, and many have quickly criticized the star for using such tone-deaf jargon when talking about such a sensitive topic.

"Black Lives Matter" has never been so important...

And many have found Ellen not referencing it in her tweet totally inexcusable.

But, following on from the backlash, Ellen decided to change her tune.

Since deleting the original tweet, Ellen has started using the appropriate terms to describe black people… And she is now including the hashtag, #blacklivesmatter.

She has directly addressed the backlash.

This week, Ellen posted an IG TV video where, in an emotional explanation, she reiterated her message.

The host was uncharacteristically sombre as she said:

“I have been posting my thoughts and my stance on this but I haven’t spoken directly because I don’t know what to say. I am so sad and I am so angry, and I know I’m not going to say the right thing.”

She reminded her followers that she has always fought for equality.

“I know that there are going to be a lot of people who are in disagreement with what I say but I have a platform and I have a voice and I have always stood for equality.”

Ellen then stressed that she wants to be the voice for those who don't have one.

“I’m just so sorry that it’s come to this. I really don’t know what to say other than… This has gone on way way way way too long.”

"People have gotten away with murder and that is what's happening. So, we've got to see fairness and justice for all because, right now, this is not a fair world."

She wrapped up by urging people to sign petitions, make donations, and to ultimately make a difference.

But it seems there's no end to the Ellen-themed horror stories...

And now, her ratings have taken a huge hit.

Before the allegations were made this year, Ellen’s ratings were consistently around 2.0 for her daytime slot...

With previous seasons of the show raking in an average of 4.5 million viewers.

But this week...

The Ellen Show has its season-low rating of 1.5 for the second week in a row.

It's a slippery slope.

And things certainly don’t seem to be dying down.

Her ratings are continuing to decline.

Who knows what the future will hold… but if she continues being this problematic, it’s safe to say it isn’t looking very bright.

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