The hits keep coming for Ellen DeGeneres who has been under intense scrutiny after several reports have emerged of her allowing a toxic work environment to flourish behind the scenes of her popular daytime talk show. On Monday, more evidence of the negative culture at “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” came to light when a former producer, Hedda Muskat, detailed some of the behavior she witnessed first hand.
Muskat said she was present when executive producer Ed Glavin when on a tirade against one of the show’s staff members. “He just went off on them. His whole face turned red. We were stunned,” she said.
Instead of stopping the behavior, Muskat says that DeGeneres laughed and seemed to encourage it, calling Glavin her “dog.”
“I was waiting for Ellen to say something. ‘Whoa, Ed, don’t talk like that,'” Do you know what she did? She giggled. She crossed her legs up on the chair and she said, ‘Well, I guess every production needs their dog’ … And from then we knew. Ed was going to be the barking dog — her dog.”
She went on to explain that everyone else who was there during the incident was in shock.
“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,” Muskat said. “Ed didn’t act independently… Ed was a bully, but he worked for Ellen. It was her show.”
Muskat says she was fired abruptly by Glavin 2004 after the show was nominated for a Daytime Emmy.
“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 said.
Many of the accusations surrounding the show have involved Glavin, and it is now being reported that he’s resigning.
“It will not make a difference. Because [Ellen] is who she is,” Muskat said of the move.
Glavin, along with fellow executive producers Mary Connelly and Andy Lassner, issued a statement last week addressing the allegation.
“Over the course of nearly two decades, 3,000 episodes, and employing over 1000 staff members, we have strived to create an open, safe, and inclusive work environment,” it read. “We are truly heartbroken and sorry to learn that even one person in our production family has had a negative experience. It’s not who we are and not who we strive to be, and not the mission Ellen has set for us.”