Ellen shoots down ‘insane’ rumour
Ellen DeGeneres has directly addressed the "no eye contact" rule reportedly enforced on her employees, denying she was the one behind it.
During an all-staff meeting on Monday afternoon, the host, 62, spoke out about the "insane" policy, according to Page Six.
"I don't know where it started," DeGeneres said. "Please talk to me. Look me in the eye."
Describing the rumoured rule as "insane," DeGeneres continued: "It's crazy, just not true, I don't know how it started. (It's) not who I am."
According to Variety, she was "emotional" as she addressed the team.
A former producer of the Today show in July revealed DeGeneres' staff's "bizarre" demands when she made an appearance on the show back in 2013.
"'She'll come in, she'll sit down, she'll talk to (host) Richard (Wilkins) and then Ellen will leave,'" Neil Breen recalled her staff telling him. "And I sort of said, 'I can't look at her?' I found the whole thing bizarre."
Sources also told Page Six DeGeneres plans to interact with her staff more while working on the show's upcoming season, which she was excited to get back to.
WarnerMedia is reportedly nearing the end of its investigation into The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which already ousted three top producers from its ranks - executive producers Ed Glavin and Kevin Leman and co-executive producer Jonathan Norman.
The top producers' removal came after staffers accused them of a toxic work environment and sexual misconduct.
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