Another former Ellen DeGeneres associate, Hedda Muskat, is coming forward with her story amid the allegations from former staff members alleging a toxic work culture.
Hedda worked for Ellen‘s show back in 2003 when it was in development and told The Wrap there was a “culture of fear” from very beginning.
“I had never seen this before,” she said. “I had never been around a toxic host.”
She also recalled producer Ed Glavin screaming at an employee. She said Ellen didn’t scold Glavin, and allegedly “giggled.”
“She crossed her legs up on the chair and she said, ‘Well, I guess every production needs their dog,’” Hedda said. “And from then we knew. Ed was going to be the barking dog — her dog. You could just see everybody’s faces go stiff. We’re professionals; we’re adults. We don’t need a dog to get us to do our jobs. … She was the only one giggling.”
Jonathan Norman, a co-executive producer, is alleged to have 'groomed' a former employee by taking him to concerts and showering him with other gifts and perks before attempting to perform oral sex on him.
Kevin Leman, the show's head writer and executive producer, is alleged to have solicited oral sex from an employee. Others say they witnessed Leman grope another colleague.
And Ed Glavin, an executive producer, allegedly 'had a reputation for being handsy with women,' according to former employees.
The former staffers told BuzzFeed News that
they believe Ellen knew that several of her senior showrunners and
producers were alleged to have committed sexual misconduct against
Overall the talk show host is "[expletive] that people have come forward to share these negative stories about her and feels betrayed.”
The source also went on to say that although Ellen is aware “she can be tough at times,” she still "believes she works hard and is extremely creative and that it’s a privilege to work for her and be around her.”
Ellen is angry. She has rage in her eyes in the "Ask Ellen" part when a woman says she feels like she knows Ellen because she's watched her so long on TV and asks Ellen, "What would you like to know about me?"
And it's there in the special as well (and it holds the audience at a distance as she brags on herself and her life repeatedly while pretending she's joking): the greed, the anger, the rage.
Ellen's made noises about leaving her daytime talk show -- apparently because it's so hard to be nice.
She talks a lot about the talk show in the stand-up. They didn't think a lesbian could be a hit in daytime. They didn't like what she wore and gave her a makeover before they started taping the show. She had to wear necklaces, on and on. And the producer had her give stuff away. "I got a TV from the gay lady! I sure do like her!"
It reminded us of Rosie O'Donnell.
First off, Rosie was successful on THE VIEW the first go round. And she was out at that time.
It was a different Rosie than the persona of her long running and successful THE ROSIE O'DONNELL SHOW. Back then, she was in the closet. And she gave things away. And she smiled a lot and was always happy and nice.
Then she came out and let her anger rip. We're not griping about that. Rosie angry can get a lot accomplished and can cut through a lot of the crap. But Ellen basically stole Rosie's act -- the act that Rosie tossed aside and discarded. And that's apparently eating at Ellen. It's very frustrating to watch RELATABLE and see this angry Ellen peeking out but never emerging. That's not truth, that's dishonesty -- and hiding all that anger and rage? Talk about being in the closet.
Imagine being a progressive forced to vote for Joe Biden. There aren’t enough clothespins in the world to hold your nose. Biden has lately tried to make inroads with the left, jumping onboard the post-George Floyd campaign for racial justice and releasing an economic plan that encompasses many progressive priorities. But even that can’t mask the smell of his support for the Iraq war, his authoring of the 1994 crime bill, his backing of 1996 welfare reform legislation.
Oh, and he essentially wrote the Patriot Act too. Here he is bragging about that during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in 2002, featuring, natch, a smirking Robert Mueller:
White House spokesman Joe Lockhart was dismissive of the story, which appeared in a Wall Street Journal interview. She also spoke to The Post’s Steve Dunleavy.
“I spend very little time reading the Wall Street Journal editorial page,” Lockhart said. “They lost me after they accused the president of being a drug smuggler and a murderer.”
Broaddrick said she chose to tell her story now because rumors were rampant after NBC reporter Lisa Myers taped an interview with her in January that the network has not yet aired.
Broaddrick said she is speaking out because NBC News “threw me to the wolves.”
Despite the violations, kidnappings and assassinations that have targeted activists throughout the years by Iraq’s security forces and unknown militias, the country was still shocked by a video that showed a teen being tortured by Interior Ministry forces.
The video, which emerged on Saturday and was recorded some three months ago, showed Hamed Saeed Abed, 16, being beaten and insulted by the Ministry’s Law Preservation Forces for allegedly throwing Molotov cocktails at them during a protest. Abed was stripped naked, while one of the security forces shaved his head. Others asked him about his mother’s skin color, insulted her and his family.
The shocking video and the ensuing uproar prompted Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi to order an investigation into the assault.
His spokesman said: “The prime minister and supreme commander of the armed forces ordered an immediate probe into the unethical and unprofessional treatment of a citizen.”
Hamid Saeed, 16, was reportedly assaulted by three members of the Interior Ministry’s Law Preservation Forces and stripped naked, with videos of the abuse shared online.
He and his mother were threatened with sexual assault, he was also beaten and had his hair cut with a blade.
Videos of the incident and of the boy explaining what happened have gone viral in Iraq, sparking a backlash against security forces accused of heavy-handed tactics that have caused over 500 deaths in the months of anti-government street protests.
Mr Al Khadimi's Twitter account shared photographs of the prime minister meeting Mr Hamid.
“The prime minister received Hamid Saeed, who was subjected to an immoral and unlawful attack. The perpetrators were arrested and relieved from their positions after an investigation,” a statement from his office said.
It said the officers in question had been referred to the judiciary.