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Radio host: I was told not to ‘talk to’, ‘approach’ or ‘watch’ Ellen

Media director Neil Breen claimed he was asked not to interact with it Ellen DeGeneres when she appeared on Australia Today show, which he was working on at the time.

“When Ellen DeGeneres came to Australia to do her show in 2013, I was the executive producer of the Today show, so we worked with them, “said the journalist on his radio show, 4BC Breakfast with Neil Breen, on Tuesday, July 28. “Originally she would Today show, then she would do this, she would do that. The whole thing was watered down until Ellen DeGeneres would do a sit-down interview. ‘

Breen said he and his team went to Melbourne, Australia ‘at our expense’ to film the segment with a longtime presenter Richard Wilkins interview with DeGeneres, now 62.

Because it is Ellen show, they checked everything. They checked the interview chairs, the lights, how it would work, everything, ”Breen recalled. “The producers called us aside and said,” That’s how it works here this morning. Ellen arrives at 10:15 am and she is sitting in this chair. And Richard, you are sitting here in this chair. Neil, no one to talk to Ellen. You don’t talk to her, you don’t approach her, you don’t look at her. She comes in, she sits down, she talks to Richard and then Ellen leaves. ”

Ellen DeGeneres Richard Shotwell / Invision / AP / Shutterstock

The former sports reporter told listeners on Tuesday that he “thought the whole thing was bizarre,” but he doesn’t blame Ellen for her employees’ demands.

“I couldn’t talk to her,” he repeated. “I wasn’t allowed to. I don’t know if she is a nice person or not. I would have no idea. But I can tell you that the people who worked with her walked on eggshells all the time. ‘

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A number of people have spoken out against DeGeneres and its producers in recent months. As a result, WarnerMedia has initiated an internal investigation into The Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this month.

The allegations began in March after a comedian Kevin T. Porter started a Twitter thread asking people to share stories ‘about Ellen being mean’. He received thousands of answers. The next month, Variety reported that DeGeneres employees were left in the dark about their salary amid the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the most damning reports came on July 16 when BuzzFeed News published a story claiming racism, fear and intimidation from a current and ten former Ellen staffers.

In response to the BuzzFeed report, the executive producers of the talk show, Ed Glavin, Mary Connelly and Andy Lassnersaid in a statement Us weekly that they “have strived to create an open, safe and inclusive work environment” and “are really heartbroken and I’m sorry to hear that even one person in our production family had a negative experience.”

Us weekly has contacted the DeGeneres representative for comment on Breen’s allegations.

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