Ellen DeGeneres’ ex-bodyguard thinks the star is ‘cold’ (Picture: Brooks Kraft/Getty Images)
Ellen DeGeneres’ former bodyguard claimed the star’s TV persona is a ‘false facade and bravado.’
Her former security, Tom Majercak, was assigned to protect the comedian at the 2014 Oscars and according to him, his experience felt ‘demeaning.’
Speaking to Fox News, Tom explained: ‘I’m holding their hands and walking them through individuals and large groups of people. Ellen is the one person that I’ve been assigned to – and I’ve been assigned to quite a few celebrities – that has never taken the time to say hi to me.
‘It started going negatively when she introduced me to Ellen and Ellen pretty much just gave me a side glance out of her eye and didn’t even say “hello,” or “thank you for protecting my mother, my wife and me.”
‘It was very cold and it was very sly and it was actually kind of demeaning in the way that she treats people other than those who are in her circle.’
He went on to say that he thought Ellen was ‘enlightened and positive’ when he saw her on TV, but it wasn’t the case in person.
Ellen’s staff also complained about her (Picture: Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
Tom looked after her during the same Academy Award show the famous celebrity selfie was taken, which included Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Kevin Spacey, Luptia Nyongo Bradley Cooper, Channing Tatum, Julia Roberts, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.
‘When you see her on TV, people fall in love with her but it is a false facade and bravado,’ he continued. ‘You start hearing these stories and I was like, “Man, there’s got to be more to this.”
‘She’s not the person she portrays to be that she’s playing off of society. That’s my opinion.’
The Oscars selfie that broke Twitter (Picture: Ellen DeGeneres/Twitter)
His coming forward comes after many staff members of her talk show slammed her for failing to communicate the status of their jobs and pay amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Beauty blogger NikkieTutorials also hit out at Ellen, saying the host ‘didn’t even say hello’ when she appeared on the show in January.
The beauty guru – real name Nikkie de Jager – came out as transgender earlier this year, with her first interview afterwards.
However, Ellen has previously slammed claims about how she treats staff, calling it an ‘outright lie.’
‘That bugs me if someone is saying that because it’s an outright lie,’ she told the New York Times in 2018.
‘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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