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Ellen DeGeneres hit by further claims of being ‘mean’ as former worker confirms stories

Ellen DeGeneres has been hit by further claims of “mean” behind-the-scenes behaviour after she was branded the “meanest person alive”.

The 62 year old comedian has been hit by further criticism after fans shared scathing stories about Ellen in a Twitter thread last month.

And a source, who used to work alongside Ellen has now reportedly confirmed the rumours.

They have now told the New York Post: “The stories are all true!”

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The insider added: “Is she always nice? No.

“It irritates me that people think she’s all sweetness and light and she gets away with it.”

The criticism kicked off after comedian Kevin T Porter requested “insane stories” about “Ellen being mean” in exchange for a donation of $2 to the Los Angeles Food Bank per tale on Twitter.

He tweeted: “Right now we all need a little kindness. You know, like Ellen Degeneres always talks about!" with a smiling face emoji and red heart emoji.

He continued: “She’s also notoriously one of the meanest people alive Respond to this with the most insane stories you’ve heard about Ellen being mean & I’ll match every one w/ $2 to @LAFoodBank”. [sic]

Kevin was then inundated with stories on his Twitter thread and amassed more than 68,000 likes and 12,000 retweets on his original post.

One person recalled her friend's experience of working with the star as they wrote: “An old friend worked on her lot & smiled & said “good afternoon” to her one day & she became unhinged. “Who do you think you are? You don’t look at me” yada yada. She said Portia was with her & seemed embarrassed & tried to calm her down. Has forever changed my opinion of her.” [sic]

Another said: “My dad use to work in 5 star restaurants as a waiter. He said she made a joke but my dad didn’t find it funny. He told me she went kinda like “you didn’t think that was funny? You don’t know who I am? How do you not? I’m Ellen degeneres everyone knows who I am.” [sic]

While a fourth added: “I worked @RealFoodDaily, served her & Porsha at brunch. She wrote a letter to the owner & complained about my chipped nail polish (not that it was on her plate but just that it was on my hand). I had worked till closing the night before & this was next morn, almost got me fired.” [sic]

But, some had shared stories about Ellen’s kindness as one wrote: “My old roommate worked for a film lighting company and had to go to her house to discuss lighting for a video project she was doing. He said she sat him on her couch next to her and excitedly discussed the project and was very nice. Definitely not the type to lie, so”.

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Ellen, who is the voiceover for Dory on Finding Nemo, has been hit with claims about her diva behaviour in the past, but spoke out the vehemently deny them.

She told the New York Times in 2018: “That bugs me if someone is saying that because it’s an outright lie.

“The first day I said: ‘The one thing I want is everyone here to be happy and proud of where they work, and if not, don’t work here.’ No one is going to raise their voice or not be grateful. That’s the rule to this day.”

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