The Ellen show is being compared to cinemas most toxic workplace— Miranda Priestly’s office.
An anonymous former employee of the Ellen Show has drawn comparisons between the scandal behind the scenes of the program and the film The Devil Wears Prada.
The Devil Wears Prada sees Meryl Streep play the unrelenting and ruthless Priestly, who fosters a toxic workplace as one of New York’s biggest magazine editors.
Speaking with the Hit Network’s Stav, Abby and Matt radio show, the camera assistant said it was a “badge of honour” to make it to the end of the working year.
“Most people are told, ‘when Ellen enters the room, you and your crew need to leave,’” the ex-staffer recalled in eerily similar circumstances to that seen in the iconic film.
“Sometimes the bodyguards come forward first and you kind of see them and you know to leave.”
The ex-staffer went on to allege that employees were often intimidated by the higher-ups at the show, who would insist that there was a “line up” of people willing to take their job if they didn’t perform.
While Ellen DeGeneres has been the face of the ongoing scandal, with many allegations also levelled against the famous TV host, the anonymous staffer said the star would not have known what was happening on her own set.
It comes after a former producer levelled further claims at the host during a segment on Seven’s Sunrise program.
Hedda Muskat was one of the senior producers on Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show during the 2003 season, and told Sunrise hosts Natalie Barr and David Koch that the star would “laugh” at staffers while they were being publicly berated.
Muskat also said that the atmosphere of the workplace changed when Ed Glavin was hired to executive produce the program.
Last week Buzzfeed reported fresh allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct by Glavin, executive producer Kevin Leman and co-executive producer Jonathan Norman.
“He became her (DeGeneres) dog, her voice,” Muskat said.
“I was privy in meetings while he went off at people with a vein bulging in his neck… she would turn around, laugh and say that ‘every production needs their dog.’”