A former guest on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” is speaking out about the comedian’s behavior behind the scenes. She calls the Emmy winning host’s persona “all an act.”
In 2018, Dana Dimatteo, 29, appeared on the daytime talk show. She flew in from Chicago to Los Angeles to attend a taping. Dimmateo participated in the “Make It Rain” segment. The game involves contestants trying to win cash prizes while drenched in water.
While she initially felt excited about joining the show, Dimatteo left with a different feeling. She tells The Sun that DeGeneres’ demeanor changes when the cameras stop rolling.
“During commercial breaks, Ellen would break out of her ‘kind’ character and sit moodily in silence on her couch, not acknowledging anyone,” Dimatteo says. “She didn’t say one word to the audience unless the cameras were on, she snapped out of her character the second the cameras stopped rolling.”
Dana Dimmateo on Her Experience with the Ellen DeGeneres Show Producers
Dimatteo also claims that producers on the show instructed her on how to act while engaging with DeGeneres. “We were told by the producers that if we were picked we were not allowed to be funnier or smarter than Ellen, that she is the star and the comedian, not us,” she said.
She continued by saying: “We were told to act in a very specific way and to only speak if she asked us a question. They made us scream and jump around backstage as a test. It was pretty humiliating.”
After participating in the game, Dimatteo says producers left her alone. “Once the game was over, we were soaking wet so they sent us backstage,” she said. “Then they just left us there. We waited pretty much the whole show in our soaking wet clothes for someone to bring us dry things to change into. It was really cold and uncomfortable.”
In conclusion, Dimatteo recalls not enjoying the experience. “I didn’t enjoy myself on the show,” she said. “You have to follow all these rules, you can’t be yourself, you have to clap constantly and laugh at things that aren’t funny.”
Over the past few weeks, many former employees accused Ellen DeGeneres of running a “toxic environment.” In a letter, DeGeneres addressed the allegations against her and other producers on the show.
[H/T Daily Mail]