Another day, another story about how Ellen DeGeneres is the Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde (any reason to name-check that Sean Young classic is a good reason) of daytime TV. Once again, another non-famous pleb has a story to tell about how Ellen isn’t the happy rainbow of kindness farts, like she is on TV.
The latest accusation comes from a former bodyguard, Tom Majerack, who was hired to protect Ellen when she was hosting the Oscars back in 2014.
The Daily Mail is reporting that Tom, who gave an earlier interview with Fox News (insert a side-eye thrown to Tom for that), has gone on the record describing Ellen as having been “cold” and “demeaning” to him the entire night of his uncomfortable gig. He even claims that the Queen of Nice would not even look him in the eye. But he says that Portia was the opposite:
I spent “a lot of time” with Ellen’s wife Portia De Rossi, who was “very pleasant and carried on a conversation.”
And when Portia introduced Tom to Ellen, he says that Ellen acted like he didn’t exist:
“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 [Portia] 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,'” says Tom.
“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.”
Reps for Ellen did not respond to requests, however, we know she’s not busy. Just like we know she’s not paying the staff of her own television show.
Tom went on to say what many have said, that Ellen DeGeneres has made niceness her multi-million dollar brand but that’s not the real Ellen at all.
“When you see her on TV, people fall in love with her but it is a false facade and bravado,” he added. “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.”
Why is Tom choosing to share his story now? He says he felt compelled to add his voice simply because there were just SO MANY OTHER stories from people who have spoken out about Ellen’s alleged shitty behavior. Timing is everything, I guess? But honestly, compared to the other stories about Ellen, this doesn’t seem that bad. It could’ve been worse for Tom. He could’ve been hired to work the 2011 Oscars and had to suffer through the pain of watching James Franco “host” live.
So Ellen didn’t say hi to him, ignored him, and didn’t thank him. Yeah, not greeting him is rude, but Tom is a bodyguard and so he’s supposed to be a tough wall of bricks, yet Ellen not saying hi to him broke him? Tom got off easy! I’m sure that the employee whose soul was eaten by Ellen for serving her organic chai tea latte* at the wrong temperature wishes that the worst thing Ellen did to them was ignore their ass.
*This didn’t happen… that we know of.