Ellen DeGeneres during a taping of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Picture: Kraft/Getty Images
Ellen DeGeneres during a taping of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Picture: Kraft/Getty Images

Ex-producer exposes the real Ellen

A producer who worked on Ellen's talk show has claimed the host is a "kiss a**e" who only likes famous people.

Hedda Muskat has been making headlines all week thanks to a series of interviews about her time working on the first season of The Ellen Show in 2003 as a human interest producer.

This morning she spoke to KIIS FM's Kyle and Jackie O and claimed that Ellen "did not like people".

"She was not friendly with people, that I noticed," Ms Muskat said. "The only people that she was friendly with were the A-list movie stars.

"She's a big kiss a**e. She's a star … you know what."

Hedda Muskat.
Hedda Muskat.

 

Kyle and Jackie O.
Kyle and Jackie O.


Ms Muskat's comments come after a number of A-list stars have spoken out in defence of the comedian amid a sea of allegations about her "mean" demeanour and a toxic work environment on her talk show.

Katy Perry tweeted: "I know I can't speak for anyone else's experience besides my own but I want to acknowledge that I have only ever had positive takeaways from my time with Ellen and on the @theellenshow.

Perry continued: "I think we all have witnessed the light and continual fight for equality that she has brought to the world through her platform for decades. Sending you love and a hug, friend @TheEllenShow."

Kevin Hart also defended Ellen, writing on social media: "I have known Ellen for years and I can honestly say that she's one of the dopest people on the f***ing planet. She has treated my family and my team with love and respect from day one."

Shortly after Ellen's famous friends began speaking out publicly, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star Rachel Bloom took to Twitter to point out that their perspectives may not actually be relevant to the issue at hand.

"Just wanna say that I have both worked behind the scenes of TV shows and been the celebrity guest on them and the two experiences are very different," Bloom wrote. "Having a good time being a guest does not necessarily have anything to do with the experiences of the employees."

Ellen DeGeneres with Miley Cyrus. Picture: Michael Rozman/Warner Bros
Ellen DeGeneres with Miley Cyrus. Picture: Michael Rozman/Warner Bros


This isn't the first time Ellen has been accused of treating celebrities more favourably than those on her staff.

In a March Twitter thread in which people were encouraged to share the "most insane stories you've heard about Ellen being mean", comedian Josh Levesque wrote: "Another friend of mine was a PA on her show and when Russell Brand came into the employee break area to chat with the crew and hang out. Ellen came in and got mad at him - saying he didn't have to interact with these people, that's why guests have their own area backstage."

Originally published as Ex-producer exposes the real Ellen