Former Ellen DeGeneres Show producer Hedda Muskat makes shocking claims about the embattled host!
Ellen DeGeneres is once again being accused of very disgusting behaviour towards her employees.
A former producer of The Ellen DeGeneres Show has come out and made some shocking claims about the embattled TV host, 62.
On Wednesday, Hedda Muskat appeared on the Australian breakfast program Sunrise and claimed that she was ’emotionally abused’ during her time working on the show.
It comes amid a scandal that the show’s work culture is rife with bullying, racism and sexual harassment.
Ms Muskat, who worked on the show during its debut season in 2003, said that she was ‘fired for no reason’.
‘I was more emotionally abused, fired for no reason… they told me that they were just going to take the show in a different direction. They ended up gave my job to a guy I trained who was about 24 years old and had no experience,’ Ms Muskat said.
Ms Muskat said that once when executive producer Ed Glavin pulled her into his office, she was asked about her contacts and sources and refused to give them up to maintain journalistic integrity, which did her no favours.
‘From that moment I was on the hit list and no longer invited to staff meetings… wasn’t allowed to sit at their table at the Emmy’s – it was a very egg-shell environment,’ Hedda said.
Ms Muskat said on Sunrise that Ellen’s behaviour was poor from the beginning and that she’d often ‘snarl’.
‘When you walk into her office for example, to pitch her your segments, there was always a snarl. I always felt that I was never welcomed in her office, she always hurried me, “like get to the point, get to the point,” Ms Muskat said.
Ms Muskat claimed that after a few months, she was told to no longer go into Ellen’s office.
She said that one day she even took her daughter into work and wanted to introduce her to Ellen, but she was shown ‘so much disrespect’.
‘She just snarled again, walked by and I was flabbergasted, she didn’t even make eye contact,’ Ms Muskat said.
‘I was told later to no longer bring my daughter to work… I was told… “she doesn’t want kids in the office.”
Ms Muskat said that she’s the first producer to come forward and put their name to their claims, with many going forward anonymously.
But she hopes to encourage others to do the same.
‘I’m coming forward because… she trivalised and minimalised everybody’s accusations…. nobody wanted to listen to us until now.’
Ms Muskat meanwhile called DeGeneres ‘toxic’ in an interview with The Wrap that was published on Monday.
‘I had never seen this before, I had never been around a toxic host,’ she said.
Speaking with The Wrap, she recalled one instance in which Ellen ‘giggled’ while the show’s executive producer, Ed Glavin, screamed at a crew member in front of an entire room.