'Ellen is one of the meanest people alive': Twitter users share hilarious 'most insane real stories' about talk show host after comedian offered to match each one with a $2 food bank donation
Former employees and fans of Ellen DeGeneres have taken to Twitter to blast the renowned talk show host for her alleged 'mean' behavior.
Comedian Kevin T. Porter kicked the entire social media movement off on Friday, when he sent out a tweet urging people to message him 'the most insane stories [they've] heard' about DeGeneres in an effort to raise money for the Los Angeles Food Bank.
Shortly after posting, Porter was flooded with written accounts by various Twitter users who claimed to have had less than savory interactions with Ellen - who he labeled as 'notoriously one of the meanest people alive' - over the years.
'Right now we all need a little kindness. You know, like Ellen Degeneres always talks about!,' wrote Porter. '[And] I'll match every [story] w/ $2 to @LAFoodBank.'
Before scanning his Twitter thread for the best responses, Porter reminded his audience that the stories they submit 'have to be real! Cause we need some REAL kindness right now.'
According to one user, former head writer for The Ellen DeGeneres show Karen Kilgariff was 'fired' because she 'wouldn't cross the picket line' during a writer's strike.
'When Karen wouldn't cross the picket line she was fired and Ellen never spoke to her again,' they wrote.
Alleged hostility and mistreatment of writers proved to be a reigning theme in the thread, with one user claiming that her 'friend' who had written for Ellen 'for two years' was never acknowledged by her.
'[She] told me Ellen didn't greet her once. In fact, upon employment, staff were told they weren't allowed to talk to her'
TV writer Benjamin Siemon decided to provide the thread with some stories of his own, that included DeGeneres having an irrationally 'sensitive nose' and often picking 'someone different to really hate' each day on set.
'Everyone must chew gum from a bowl outside her office before talking to her and if she thinks you smell that day you have to go home and shower,' he alleged.
'A new staff member was told 'every day she picks someone different to really hate. It's not your fault, just suck it up for the day and she'll be mean to someone else the next day. They didn't believe it but it ended up being entirely true.'
Another user, who had waited on the 62-year-old comedian at the Los Angeles vegan eatery Real Food Daily, claimed that Ellen 'wrote a letter to the owner & complained about [the waitress'] chipped nail polish (not that it was on her plate but just that it was on my hand).'
She continued: 'I had worked till closing the night before & this was next morning, almost got me fired.'
Another terrible restaurant experience included a story which she 'threw a place of salmon' in a waiter's face 'bc it wasn't what she ordered.'
Ellen, a staunch vegetarian, appeared to have multiple negative run-ins with waitstaff, with one Twitter user claiming that the talk show host 'threw a plate of salmon' at her friend because it 'wasn't what she ordered.'
Comedian Josh Levesque wrote to Porter explaining that a friend of his had worked as a production assistant for The Ellen Show during a time when actor Russell Brand was set to appear as a guest.
Brand allegedly 'came into the employee break area to chat with the crew and hangout,' but then 'Ellen came in and got mad at him.'
Apparently, Ellen told the Get Him To The Greek star that he 'didn't have to interact with these people' and 'that's why guests have their own area backstage.'
Writer Alison Freer recounted a time when she had been working for a production on the Warner Brothers lot - where The Ellen Show is filmed.
'[It] was our showrunner's 50th Bday. Caterer grilling steaks outside for special fancy lunch. Ellen sent someone over to demand they stop, as she doesn't eat meat.'
Freer added: 'She's the worst.'
One user, not speaking from experience, recalled hearing that Ellen had 'insisted' a newly employed assistant take her 'fancy-a** car on a run,' even though the assistant was 'not comfortable' driving the vehicle.
'The assistant accidentally backed it into a pole and was immediately fired for it,' they wrote.
Though mostly negative experiences with DeGeneres were documented in Porter's thread, some Twitter users did voice positive exchanges they had had with the chatty gal.
Actor Jordan James Smith recounted a time he had worked alongside Ellen on a shoot, where he described her as 'really nice.'
'I once worked on an American Express commercial with her and Beyoncé. We talked and I made a joke that made them both laugh. She was actually really nice.'
'Oh nice, I'm glad you had a good experience with her!,' replied Porter to the optimistic commenter.
Porter's initial tweet has since garnered more than 5,000 retweets and nearly 1,000 replies, since posting.
Daily Mail has reached out to DeGeneres' reps for comment.
Ellen - who is married to actress Portia de Rossi - has currently been holed up in her Los Angeles mansion in wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Since entering quarantine, the star has been using her personal social media to document her day-to-day, which has included calls to her famous pals and various attempts at learning new skills.
Ellen announced on Twitter last Friday that The Ellen Show would 'suspend production' as a result of the growing seriousness of coronavirus.
'So, after some more thought, we have decided to suspend production completely until March 30th. We just want to take every precaution to ensure that we do our part to keep everyone healthy,' tweeted the talk show host at the time.
DeGeneres continued: 'I love you guys, and can't wait to come back. I'm already bored.'