The ‘Ellen DeGeneres Show’ announced the Season 18 premiere will be Monday, September 21st, and yes, they will “talk about it.”
Tiffany Haddish will return to the show as a guest for the premiere, while Kerry Washington, Alec Baldwin and Chrissy Teigen are also set to appear in the first week of the season.
Ellen said, “I can’t wait to get back to work and back to our studio. And, yes, we’re gonna talk about it.” She’s, of course, talking about the reports of a toxic culture on the set. Plenty of former workers and past guests have been piling onto the reports that they were treated terribly by Ellen and her team.
The show has since parted ways with three of the executive producers and the head writer. Newly-minted co-executive producer Stephen “tWitch” Boss is also set to guest-host episodes during the new season.
According to a former staffer, Ellen DeGeneres ran her household like a military-style boot camp. The staffer said workers were hit with an itemized daily list of things she didn’t like from the day before, like serving food in the wrong bowl, leaving the salt shaker in the wrong place, or failing to ensure DeGeneres’ latte was frothed the way she liked it.
Ellen would even ‘lay traps’ before she left for work, strategically leaning matchsticks behind cupboard doors and cushions to test if cleaners were dusting every square inch of her mansion.
Employees rarely lasted more than a few months.
The former staffer said, ‘My belief is that someone’s real personality comes out at home. Sometimes she would yell at us but it was more about the incredibly condescending tone she would use. She treated you like you were nothing. Ellen was the worst person that I’ve ever met in my life. She takes pleasure in firing people.’
The former employee was fired after a couple of months but was, by then, one of the longer serving staffers.