Ellen DeGeneres jokes about ‘not wanting to pay staff overtime’ in resurfaced interview during ‘toxic’ workplace claims

ELLEN DeGeneres joked about ‘not wanting to pay staff overtime’ in a resurfaced interview.

The video came to light once more after her apology for ‘toxic’ workplace.

Ellen, 62, has seemingly dug herself deeper in her hole with a resurfaced interview she did with Australia's Today show back in 2013.

In the interview, the comedian told entertainment reporter Richard Wilkins that she wanted "everybody to work really, really hard… but not too hard that I have to pay them overtime."

She also claimed she wasn't big on changes and said: "Um, no, because if I wanted to change I would.

"I can do anything I want. I'm Ellen."

What did Australian radio presenter Neil Breen say about Ellen DeGeneres?

Australian radio host Neil Breen has revealed the bizarre list of demands he encountered when Ellen DeGeneres was set to appear on a morning talk show.

He claimed he couldn't look at Ellen, nor speak to her when she entered the room.

Neil, who now hosts his own show, claimed Ellen's staff were the only ones allowed to interact with her.

He alleged that they "walked on eggshells" around her and laughed so loudly at her jokes during the interview that he had to tell them to keep it down.

This resurfaced interview comes as The Ellen DeGeneres Show is being investigated by Warner Media following a series of toxic work culture accusations, including her turning a blind eye to sexual harassment and bullying.

Earlier this month, Ellen employees revealed bombshell accusations they suffered from "racism, fear, and intimidation” on set.

One current and 10 former crew members from the hit daytime series spoke to BuzzfeedNews about the “toxic work environment” but remained anonymous due to fear of retribution.

The outlet said some staff claimed to have been fired because they took medical leave or bereavement days to attend family funerals.

While others alleged they were instructed by their managers to not speak directly to the 62-year-old comedian if they saw her at the office.

For months, the host has come under fire for allegations that she is “mean.”

A Black woman, who once worked for Ellen, told the website that she experienced “racist comments, actions, and microaggressions” during her year and a half as an employee.

She also alleged that a main writer for the show told her at a company party: “I’m sorry, I only know the names of the white people who work here.”

After a meeting where she said she was reprimanded by executive producer Ed Glavin for raising concerns, the woman left the show that day and never returned.

Executive producers Ed Glavin, Mary Connelly, and Andy Lassner released a joint statement to Buzzfeed, claiming they take the stories "very seriously.”

"Over the course of nearly two decades, 3,000 episodes, and employing over 1,000 staff members, we have strived to create an open, safe, and inclusive work environment," the letter read.

The trio continued: "We are truly heartbroken and sorry to learn that even one person in our production family has had a negative experience.

“It’s not who we are and not who we strive to be, and not the mission Ellen has set for us.”

They concluded: “For the record, the day to day responsibility of the Ellen show is completely on us.

“We take all of this very seriously and we realize, as many in the world are learning, that we need to do better, are committed to do better, and we will do better.”

In April, Variety reported that crew members were outraged over the lack of communication about their pay amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking to Variety, a source said: "Radio silence from producers created anxiety among crew members who feared they would be furloughed and, in that case, would need to explore unemployment benefits."

They added that bosses only "occasionally" answered their phone, and when Ellen returned to air on April 6 after a short hiatus most of the team only found out via social media.

They were left further disgruntled when they discovered that Ellen had hired a non-union company to help her produce the show from home – even though the normal crew have the same skills and are out of work.

Following the backlash, Ellen sent a letter to all staff and promised "to do my part in continuing to push myself and everyone around me to learn and grow."

She admitted that she had to take responsibility as her name was at the top, but that as the show has grown, she had "not been able to stay on top of everything" and had instead "relied on others to do their jobs as they knew I’d want them done."

But, she said: "Clearly some didn’t.

"That will now change and I’m committed to ensuring this does not happen again."

In the letter she also referenced how she herself had been "treated unfairly" in the 1990s when she first came out as gay, writing: "To think that any one of you felt that way is awful to me."

YouTuber NikkieTutorials had previously warned fans “don’t meet your idols” after she claimed Ellen was “distant and cold” during a show appearance.

Former bodyguard Tom Majercak also called the talk show host “cold” and “demeaning” after working with her at the 2014 Oscars, while an ex-employee of hers recently claimed her “nice” demeanor is fake.

When a comic asked people to send him their “real” stories about Ellen allegedly being “one of the meanest people,” he was flooded with responses.

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