Ellen Degeneres crosses the line

Ellen Degeneres crossed the picket line of the writer’s strike to do her show the other day, claiming that she didn’t want to let down audience members who had traveled to come and see her. In “honor” of the writers, Degeneres forewent her usual monologue. Writers from Degeneres’s former sitcom, however, have told sources that she never exhibited this respect for writers when they were working for her. According to Page Six:

“We’d watch her in rehearsals, smiling and winning us over with her charm and comic timing. Then the director would yell cut, her face would fall, and she’d level a glare at the writers. ‘Why do you keep writing these unfunny jokes?’ she’d hiss.
“Ellen frequently eviscerated the head writer and . . . boasted of the changes she’d make in season two, starting with his firing.”
“I’m disappointed in Ellen [for crossing the picket line] but not surprised . . . given what I’ve seen from her with my own two eyes.”

It’s pretty hard to imagine Ellen hissing at anyone, but I guess even the most genuine seeming people can be totally two-faced. Remember when people used to call Rosie O’Donnell “The Queen of Nice”? Next thing we know, Ellen will be on The View, flinging poo at Barbara Walters. Who’d be hissing then?

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