Ben Gravolet, of Belle Chasse, Louisiana, spoke to Daily Mail TV about what he says were bullying incidents by DeGeneres.
Gravolet says DeGeneres worked at Snelling Personnel in the New Orleans branch, a company owned by Gravolet’s mother. This was before DeGeneres gained fame through her standup comedy.
Gravolet says the comedian was “was just the meanest, nastiest, most horrible person.”
He told “Daily Mail TV”: “One incident stands out in my mind. I was sitting beside her desk. I was drawing, and she criticized the drawings. She said ‘I guess that would look nice if you could draw.’ “
“It appears to me that she hoards power over those that are lesser than her. It’s almost as if she has to feel controlling. It seems like she has to be superior, be better.”
“I would dread going to [my mom’s] office to see her after school or on a day if I was sick and Ellen was there,” Gravolet said.
Gravolet called her “vile”:
“As I watched her meteoric rise to fame, people would say how great she was and all I could think was she must be an incredible actor because she was one of the most vile people I’ve ever met in my life. Who takes pleasure in giving a child pain?’ “
Gravolet said there was also fat-shaming involved.
“She would criticize my weight. I would try to do homework in the office, she’d call me stupid, she’d call me fat. She would criticize my clothes.
I was just a boy and this was a grown woman who took pleasure in seeing me become visibly upset.”
“I don’t think there’s any excuse for it. I was a defenseless kid. What could I have told her back? I was always self conscious about my weight and it made things worse.”
“It has an effect if somebody in a superior position to you, who’s much older, goes, ‘You’re fat. You might want to lose some of that weight chunky boy.”
Gravolet’s claims follow accusations from current and former employees at “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” that say she and executive producers Ed Glavin, Mary Connelly and Andy Lassner, created a toxic work environment, and have also been accused of “bullying.”
Glavin, Mary Connelly and Andy Lassner issued a statement that said: “We are truly heartbroken and sorry to learn that even one person in our production family has had a negative experience.”
Lassner added in a tweet: “Nobody is going off the air.”
The show is being investigated by WarnerMedia.