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A Run Of Bad Press

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Ellen Degeneres has built a reputation of niceness based on her television show, but in recent months a run of bad press is dogging the comedian and tarnishing her public image.

Back in October, people were frustrated to see her cozying up with George W. Bush at a football game, leading many to wonder if Ellen was hopelessly out of touch. Additionally, YouTuber NikkieTutorials shared a less than stellar account of her visit to The Ellen Show.

"Call me naive, but I kind of expected to be welcomed with confetti cannons: 'Welcome to The Ellen DeGeneres Show!' But instead I was greeted by an angry intern who was a bit overworked. I was expecting a Disney show but got Teletubbies After Dark.

Every guest at Ellen's had a private toilet, but I didn't. I was not allowed to use the nearest toilet because it was reserved for the Jonas Brothers. Why do they get a private toilet? I thought. But in the end, my [interview] had 8 million views afterwards and theirs 2 million, ha!"

A Report From An Old Bodyguard

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Now, Ellen is contending with more bad press, as a former bodyguard is spilling the beans about what it was like to work for her at the 2014 Academy Awards. Tom Majercak, who was in charge of protecting Degeneres, her mother, and her wife Portia de Rossi, explained that Ellen was the only celebrity "that has never taken the time to say hi to me. And I’ve been assigned to quite a few celebrities."

While he shared that de Rossi was "very pleasant," things went south when he was introduced to Degeneres.

"Ellen pretty much just gave me a side glance out of her eye and didn’t even say 'hello,' or 'thank you for protecting my mother, my wife, and me.'

It was very cold and it was very sly and it was actually kind of demeaning in the way that she treats people other than those who are in her circle."

Is The Niceness An Act?

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Majercak continued, saying:

"It’s bugged me for years. I see this person come across as being very enlightened and positive and awesome and everybody loves her and is in awe, and that’s really not the case when you meet her in person."

This report is coming on the heels of the news that the longtime crew of The Ellen Degeneres Show had "received no written communication about the status of their working hours, pay, or inquiries about their mental and physical health from producers" and that a temporary non-union crew had been hired to shoot the segments of the show at Ellen's home.

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