As more people speak out against Ellen DeGeneres and her staff, one of her former producers has gone on record to talk about her experience.
Hedda Muskat joined The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2003 when the show was still in development. In a story published on Monday, August 3, Muscat revealed she noticed a “culture of fear” from the very beginning.
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“I had never seen this before,” the Daytime Emmy Award winner, who previously worked on The Howie Mandel Show and The Martin Short Show, told the website. “I had never been around a toxic host.”
Further, Muskat claimed executive producer Ed Glavin contributed to the toxicity in the officer, recalling one instance where he allegedly screamed at a staff member during a meeting.
“He just went off on them,” she said. “His whole face turned red. … We were stunned.”
Muskat remembered “waiting for Ellen to say something” to Glavin, but she allegedly “giggled” instead.
“She crossed her legs up on the chair and she said, ‘Well, I guess every production needs their dog,’” the ex-staffer claimed. “And from then we knew. Ed was going to be the barking dog — her dog. You could just see everybody’s faces go stiff. We’re professionals; we’re adults. We don’t need a dog to get us to do our jobs. … She was the only one giggling.”
Near the end of her 12 months working on the show, Muskat says she was given less responsibilities and ultimately let go in May 2004.
“They call me in and Ed says, ‘Congratulations on the nomination. We really appreciate what you’ve done, but we no longer need your services,’” she recalled, noting that Glavin told her producers were “taking the show in a different direction.”
Allegations against Ellen DeGeneres
Allegations against DeGeneres, 62, and her top producers first came up in March. Several reports have been published detailing the show’s alleged toxic environment and misconduct.
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Warner Bros. launched an investigation and DeGeneres later apologized to current and former staff members in an internal memo.