Ellen DeGeneres is defending herself once again. The 62-year-old talk show host claimed that she is “introverted” after staffers revealed that the comedian wouldn’t look people in the eyes while they were on set. “I don’t know where it started,” DeGeneres reportedly said on a Zoom call on August 18, a source told Page Six. “Please talk to me. Look at me in the eye.” 

The Finding Dory star called the rule “insane.” She added, “It’s crazy, just not true, I don’t know how it started. [It’s] not who I am.” 

ELLEN DEGENERES’ MOST AWKWARD INTERVIEWS EVER – FROM PRESSURING MARIAH CAREY TO DAKOTA JOHNSON FEUD

In July 2020, Neil Breed — a former producer on Australia’s Today show — detailed his encounter with DeGeneres in 2013. “[Ellen DeGeneres’] producers called us aside … and said, ‘Now, Neil, no one is to talk to Ellen. You don’t talk to her, you don’t approach her, you don’t look at her,” he said. 

“She’ll come in, she’ll sit down, she’ll talk to Richard and then Ellen will leave,” he recalled. “And I sort of said, ‘I can’t look at her?’ I found the whole thing bizarre.” 

After Ellen producers Ed Galvin, Kevin Leman, and Jonathan Norman were fired from the daytime talk show, DeGeneres hopped on a virtual call with her staff to apologize, a source told Deadline

VOGUE’S ANNA WINTOUR VS. ELLEN DEGENERES: WHO IS MEANER?

DeGeneres admitted she is “introverted” and has “good days and bad days” — which is something that could be misinterpreted when engaging with the A-list celebrity. “Does that mean I’m perfect? No. I’m not,” she reportedly said. “I’m a multi-layered person, and I try to be the best person I can be and try to learn from my mistakes.” 

Moving forward, executive producers Mary Connelly, Andy Lassner, and Derek Westervelt will lead the talk show.

In July 2020, BuzzFeed News spoke with former staffers from The Ellen DeGeneres Show, who shared their experiences about the “toxic” time on set. In response, DeGeneres addressed the allegations and issued an apology. 

“On day one of our show, I told everyone in our first meeting that The Ellen DeGeneres Show would be a place of happiness — no one would ever raise their voice, and everyone would be treated with respect,” she wrote.

“Obviously, something changed, and I am disappointed to learn that this has not been the case,” she added. “And for that, I am sorry. Anyone who knows me knows it’s the opposite of what I believe and what I hoped for our show.”

STARS WHO SUPPORT ELLEN DEGENERES: KATY PERRY, KEVIN HART, ASHTON KUTCHER AND MORE

Meanwhile, Kevin Hart — who was photographed enjoying a meal with DeGeneres over the weekendcontinues to support his pal

“When it comes to Nick [Cannon], and it comes to Ellen, I know who they are, and I know who they’ve been for the years that I’ve been around them,” he told Deadline. “I can only speak to that. Those are two of the most amazing people that I know.”

For access to all our exclusive celebrity videos and interviews – Subscribe on YouTube!

Sound off in the comments below!

Join the conversation