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Ellen DeGeneres' Ex-Employees Call Out Her 'Be Kind' Motto As Toxic AF

"It's all for show."

Over the past two decades, Ellen DeGeneres has gained worldwide fame, amassed millions of loyal fans and just as many dollars in the bank. However, Ellen’s reputation has gone from bad to worse over the past year, and now her ex-employees are speaking out about the show’s toxic work culture.

In an interview with BuzzFeed News, one of DeGeneres’ former employees said, “That ‘be kind’ bullshit only happens when the cameras are on. It’s all for show.”

“If she wants to have her own show and have her name on the show title, she needs to be more involved to see what’s going on,” another former employee said. “I think the executive producers surround her and tell her, ‘Things are going great, everybody’s happy,’ and she just believes that, but it’s her responsibility to go beyond that.” Hear all about the Ellen DeGeneres controversy below:

Behind the scenes, employees said they were fired after taking medical or bereavement leave, instructed not to speak directly to DeGeneres and reprimanded for speaking up about problematic content. 

Sadly, it’s not just the picture perfect facade of The Ellen DeGeneres Show that has impacted former employees. A Black woman who used to work on the show told BuzzFeed News she experienced “racist comments, actions, and ‘microaggressions’” during her time there. 

“Whenever I brought up an issue to my white male boss, he would bring up some random story about some random Black friend that he had and how they managed to get over stuff,” she said. “He would use his Black friend as some way to say, ‘I understand your struggle.’ But it was all performative bullshit.”

Another employee said that when they returned from a one-month stay in a mental health facility following a suicide attempt, their position had been eliminated. “You’d think that if someone just tried to kill themselves, you don’t want to add any more stress to their lives,” they said.

“They definitely don’t practice what they preach with the ‘be kind’ mantra,” they added.

“People focus on rumors about how Ellen is mean and everything like that, but that’s not the problem. The issue is these three executive producers running the show who are in charge of all these people [and] who make the culture and are putting out this feeling of bullying and being mean,” another former employee told BuzzFeed News.

“They feel that everybody who works at The Ellen Show is lucky to work there — ‘So if you have a problem, you should leave because we’ll hire someone else because everybody wants to work here,’” they added.

According to BuzzFeed News, the one current and ten former employees they spoke to all asked to remain anonymous “fearing retribution” from the show and entertainment industry at large. 

We can only hope that more and more employees feel as though they can now speak up about the work culture at The Ellen DeGeneres show, responsibility will be taken and positive changes will occur.

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Hard Drives Are Overheating From Henry Cavill Building A Computer

"Viewer discretion is advised."

There’s a lot of doom and gloom in the news at the moment, so when a glimmering mood-enhancing thirst trap appears on the horizon, it’s important we grab it with both hands and fully embrace. Case in point: this Instagram video of Henry Cavill building a computer in a tank top.

Cavill took to Instagram overnight to share the 5-minute video with the caption, “All the Parts. This kind of material isn’t for everyone…viewer discretion is advised. You may see a lot of parts that you haven’t seen before.”

In the clip, Cavill carefully inserts different parts of the PC, diligently studies a manual and uses a screwdriver to put it all together. At one point, the Superman actor even makes scratching his head look devilishly handsome. Oh, and did I mention the whole thing is set to the seductive sounds of Barry White?

Speaking of ridiculously good looking famous men, hear about Harry Styles’ rebirth below:

Whether Henry Cavill was attempting to show off his computer assembling skills, or merely lift our spirits, the video was a clear winner with over two million views. 

It’s also racked up a fair amount of hilarious comments, like one user who wrote, “It’s like you knew this would awaken a kink deep in my subconscious. Buff men named Henry being gentle, having patience and paying incredible attention to tiny details.”

Credit: Instagram

And another Instagram user, who commented, “Never thought I would become aroused by watching a microprocessor chip be installed, but here we are.”

Credit: Instagram

It’s not the first time Henry Cavill has charmed the pants off his Instagram followers. Earlier this month, he gave a shoutout to the NHS in which he said, “Thank you for all your hard work, thank you for protecting us… from the bottom of my heart to you all, thank you.”

Then there’s Cavill’s unbelievably adorable dog, Kal, who makes a regular appearance on the actor’s Instagram page, racking up thousands of likes and comments. 

Whether he’s cooking gourmet delicacies in isolation, patiently putting a computer together, or showering his pup in love, Henry Cavill can do no wrong.

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These Celebrity Divorces Make Your Messy Breakup Look Like Nothing

Yikes.

What do you get when you put two ridiculously good-looking and incredibly famous celebrities in the same marriage? Either a show-stopping celebrity power couple destined for world domination, or a messy train wreck divorce waiting to happen.

Sadly, very few high profile divorces end amicably and more often than not, the messy court battles and heartbreaking splits are plashed across tabloids for the world to see. S

Here are 4 celebrity divorces that will make your emotional breakup look like nothing:

Amber Heard and Johnny Depp

After just one year of marriage, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard called it quits in 2016 – but it wasn’t as simple as signing divorce papers and moving on. Heard obtained a temporary restraining order against Depp and accused him of being verbally and physically abusive to her while under the influence.

They reached a settlement in court and the divorce was finalised, but in 2019, Depp sued Heard for USD $50M over an op-ed she wrote for the Washington Post and claimed she was the abuser in the relationship. Fast-forward to today, and the pair are still fighting in court – this time as part of a libel suit Depp has filed against UK tabloid The Sun for a 2018 article in which he was labelled a “wife beater”.

Speaking of celeb divorces, hear about Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt below:

Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries

If you thought Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s marriage was speedy, wait until you hear about Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries’. These two decided to part ways in 2013 after just 72 days of wedded bliss and a two-part TV special for Keeping Up With The Kardashians.

Several news outlets speculated that the marriage was a publicity stunt and thousands of people signed a petition asking for all Kardashian-related content to be removed from the air following the split. Even though Kim and Kris were married for less than three months, their legal battle lasted for almost two years.

Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubry

When actress Halle Berry and model Gabriel Aubry split up in 2010 they agreed to split custody of their daughter Nahla who was two years old at the time. Things took a turn for the worse, however, when Berry got engaged to actor Olivier Martinez in 2012 and asked the courts if she could relocate to Martinez’s native France with Nahla. The courts denied Berry’s request and weeks like Martinez and Aubry got into punch-up.

After two years of battling, a Superior Court called for Berry to pay Aubrey $16,000 a month in child support as well as hundreds of thousands in retroactive payments.

Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger

After almost a decade of marriage, actors Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger divorced in 2002. In his 2008 book A Promise to Ourselves: A Journey Through Fatherhood and Divorce, Baldwin detailed the former couple’s messy celebrity divorce seven-year custody battle of their daughter Ireland, and claimed Basinger had spent more than $1.5M to deny him parental access.

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