The 57-year-old daytime diva reportedly is limiting those who can speak to her as to not rub anyone the wrong one.
The source noted Underwood’s personal liaison “fields all questions and answers related to Sheryl and communicates them to each individual producer,” adding: “This arrangement came from Sheryl after learning staff was complaining to HR that she was mean and combative to deal with.”
“Sheryl decided to protect herself from future claims by banning anyone from dealing with her directly,” the source said, and staffers seem to be perfectly OK with the new routine. “The system works because no one really wants to deal with Sheryl.”
“The staff loves Natalie so much more than Sheryl already and it's only the first week. Producers are allowed to speak and interact with Natalie and she is warm and welcoming,” the insider explained. “To say she has been welcomed with open arms is an understatement.”
A source dished the OG cohost “felt she should have been consulted and kept in the loop out of respect for her seniority with the show,” noting Underwood is a little salty over having to share the spotlight with the other hosts.