Yesterday, we reported that the legendary talk show host Ellen DeGeneres had announced that she is ending her eponymous talk show after nineteen years. In an interview with NBC host Savannah Guthrie after Wednesday’s episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” the host discussed her toxic workplace scandal that made headlines last summer.
DeGeneres found herself in hot water last summer after she was accused of tolerating sexism, racism, and even sexual misconduct on the set of her show. Yesterday, however, she claimed that this was a “coordinated misogynistic” attack that happened on her because she is a woman. DeGeneres added that she is “sensitive,” does not have “thick skin” and the “four months of attacks” on her last year “took a toll.”
“It was really interesting because I am a woman and it did feel very misogynistic,” she said. “If it was why I was quitting, I would not have come back this year and I really did think about not coming back. It was devastating. I am a kind person. I am a person who likes to make people happy. I kept saying to Portia, if I was a fan of somebody and even if I loved them, I would think there must be some truth to [the allegations] because they weren’t stopping.”
“I had no idea – I never saw anything that would even point to that. I didn’t understand it, I still don’t,” DeGeneres continued. “It was too orchestrated. It was too coordinated. People get picked on but for four months straight? When every guest who has ever come on has only ever talked about what a happy place this is…”
“I don’t know how I could have known when there are 255 employees here, and a lot of different buildings,” she added. “Unless I didn’t go home until the last person left… it’s my name on the show so clearly it affects me but I do wish somebody would have come to me and said ‘hey, something’s going on that you should know about.’”
DeGeneres went on to say that this entire incident reminded her of the backlash she got after coming out in 1997.
“My therapist said very few people go through public humiliation twice in a lifetime…it was really interesting because I am a woman and it did feel very misogynistic,” she explained. “I’m not bulletproof and no I don’t have a thick skin. I am extremely sensitive, to the point that it’s not healthy. When something is coming back at me that I know is not true… I could take one or two of those shots but four months in a row, it took a toll on me.”
This piece originally appeared in UpliftingToday.com and is used by permission.
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