Amid dipping ratings, viewership and toxic workplace allegations, Ellen Degeneres buys $49 million house in Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s neighbourhood – art and culture

While the world is reeling with monetary burdens on account of the coronavirus pandemic, Ellen Degeneres, previously beloved discuss present host of the Ellen present, additionally recognized for flipping multimillion greenback houses has purchased American discuss present host, actor, and comic Dennis Miller’s palatial property in an unique gated group in Montecito at an estimated $49 million. Ellen and her associate, Portia de Rossi, who’re recognized additionally for being two of Southern California’s most ‘active luxury residential investors and home flippers’, landed the property in an off-market deal in September in accordance with studies in the Wall Street Journal. The property, designed by award-profitable architect Tom Kundig, spans throughout 4.3 acres, features a 9,000-sq.-foot mansion, visitor house, pool house, a indifferent storage and a barn. And what makes the deal much more attractive is the truth that the couple will get to name one other energy couple, former British Royals, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle their neighbours. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex lately moved right into a $14.65 million residence not too removed from Ellen. And hearsay has it, that it’s all a ploy to get the Royal’s on her present to spice up her more and more low rankings!

Ellen’s repute and the Ellen present’s rankings took a critical hit in the previous yr on account of a sequence of incidents of poor behaviour on Ellen’s half and toxic workplace allegations. Of the primary few incidents, one which sparked loads of public outrage was in April, because the world reeled underneath the coronavirus pandemic, Ellen in contrast her quarantining and spending the lockdown in her $24 million residence to “being in jail” which very rightly enraged a number of viewers who deemed it tone deaf. Ellen had stated in the now unlisted video on YouTube, “One thing that I’ve learned from being in quarantine is that people — this is like being in jail, is what it is. It’s mostly because I’ve been wearing the same clothes for 10 days and everyone in here is gay.”

Just a month earlier than this, in March, author and comic Kevin T. Porter tweeted, “Right now we all need a little kindness. You know, like Ellen DeGeneres always talks about! She’s also notoriously one of the meanest people alive. Respond to this with the most insane stories you’ve heard about Ellen being mean & I’ll match every one w/ $2 to @LAFoodBank.” He was referring to Ellen’s log off assertion on the finish of each present to her viewers, “Be kind to one another”.

Several individuals responded with their adverse experiences on the viral Twitter thread that dubbed Ellen “the meanest person alive”, one being TV author Benjamin Siemon, who replied with, “She has a ‘sensitive nose’ so everyone must chew gum from a bowl outside her office before talking to her and if she thinks you smell that day you have to go home and shower.” He additionally added, “A new staff member was told “every day she picks someone different to really hate. It’s not your fault, just suck it up for the day and she’ll be mean to someone else the next day. They didn’t believe it but it ended up being entirely true.”

Chris Farah responded, “I worked @RealFoodDaily, served her … at brunch. She wrote a letter to the owner & complained about my chipped nail polish (not that it was on her plate but just that it was on my hand). I had worked till closing the night before & this was next morn, almost got me fired.”

Stand-up comic Josh Levesque tweeted, “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.”

 

Another occasion was her interview with Dakota Johnson in November of 2019, which was additionally referenced by commenters after the April incident to show that Ellen wasn’t as good as she pretended to be on the present. In the change on her present, Ellen requested why she was not invited to the Fifty Shades of Grey actor’s birthday, and Dakota responded that she was invited however had not proven up, very sweetly responding, “Actually, no, that’s not the truth, Ellen.” Johnson went on, “Ask everybody. “Ask Jonathan, your producer.” The clip had made individuals sit up and be aware of Ellen’s behaviour, and commenters even dubbed it a ‘cultural reset’, commending Johnson for having ‘destroyed’ Ellen. It was later discovered that Ellen skipped the social gathering as a result of she was watching an NFL recreation with former President of the United States George W Bush the identical weekend, one other incident that had sparked loads of outrage provided that the discuss present host is an overtly homosexual, liberal LGBTQI activist and but very pleasant with the previous Republican president, who as soon as endorsed a constitutional modification towards similar-intercourse marriage. Mark Ruffalo couldn’t assist however overtly criticize Ellen for a similar.

 

However, whereas small studies and incidents of rudeness and misbehaviour did crop up, the discuss present host had nonetheless not seen the more severe of it till July, when a report in Buzzfeed by a bunch of former and present Ellen Show workers revealed the toxic work culture that ran on “racism, fear and intimidation”. Former workers additionally alleged that they’d been fired for issues like taking medical depart, attending household funerals, with the oddest one being that an worker was fired for posting a selfie in the workplace on her Instagram Stories. “That ‘be kind’ bulls**t only happens when the cameras are on. It’s all for show,” one former worker had stated.

Ellen quickly printed an apology letter to her workers, nevertheless it was too late, and extra and extra workers got here ahead, now with sexual misconduct allegations towards a number of prime producers on her present, particularly towards government producer Keith Leman and producer Ed Glavin. In her letter Ellen had written, “Hey everybody – it’s Ellen. On day one of our show, I told everyone in our first meeting that The Ellen DeGeneres Show would be a place of happiness – no one would ever raise their voice, and everyone would be treated with respect. Obviously, something changed, and I am disappointed to learn that this has not been the case. And for that, I am sorry. Anyone who knows me knows it’s the opposite of what I believe and what I hoped for our show.” She went on to apologize to anybody who didn’t love engaged on the present, and wrote, “As we’ve grown exponentially, I’ve not been able to stay on top of everything and relied on others to do their jobs as they knew I’d want them done. Clearly some didn’t. That will now change and I’m committed to ensuring this does not happen again.”

However, whereas rankings of most discuss exhibits in low in the US, Ellen’s rankings are the bottom, after they declined by 38% after the toxic workplace allegations, and it’s reflective of individuals’s lack of belief in the discuss present host. Since the present has come again on air, studies have steered that the beforehand movie star studded present is now having a tricky time reserving any. In a Buzzfeed report, a publicist stated, “I wouldn’t set up anyone on her show right now to do anything that could possibly cause them more negative headlines. You have to tread so carefully with your clients and your clients’ reputations, so you don’t want to put your client in any line of fire sympathising with someone that any community or anyone would feel bad about. We’re not going to align anyone with Ellen.” Another publicist stated, “The feedback we’ve been getting is that Ellen is no longer a first choice for talent.”

Now along with her dipping rankings, and the opportune timing and location of her new residence, speculations are rife that Ellen is attempting to get the previous Royals onto her present to spice up rankings, particularly given their extremely non-public, turbulent and controversial lives. In reality, in January of this yr, a supply on the Ellen present had revealed to the Daily Mail, “Ellen and Meghan have already discussed a sit-down interview. That has been in the works for quite some time now.”

 

One is compelled to surprise, is Ellen attempting to take advantage of a chance, or how Instagram watchdog, Diet Prada, put it fairly bluntly, “Viewership on “Ellen” has taken a steep 38% decline after being stricken by toxic workplace allegations, might Degeneres be plotting a rankings increase by weaseling her approach into Harry and Meghan’s life?”

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