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Updated on Sep 14, 2020. Posted on Sep 12, 2020

11 "Ellen Show" Audience Moments That Now Have Me Side-Eyeing

Hmm...

In July, BuzzFeed News published "Former Employees Say Ellen’s 'Be Kind' Talk Show Mantra Masks A Toxic Work Culture," an investigative piece about the alleged toxic workplace environment at The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

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After these allegations, people have been re-examining Ellen and her talk show segments. Here are some moments Ellen had with her fans that have me going, "Hmm..."

1. When she mocked this fan's gift in a segment called, "Ellen Reviews Fans' Really Bad Gifts":

Ellen mocking a fan's artwork
NBC / Via youtube.com

2. When she was rude to a translator...jeez, uncomfortable:

Ellen being rude and condescending towards a young translator

NBC / Via youtube.com

3. When she embarrassed a fan by showing her old, risqué Facebook photos in a segment that now has about 16 million views on YouTube:

Ellen sharing a fan's risqué Facebook photos on TV
NBC / Via youtube.com

4. When she infamously shamed an audience member for taking more than one piece of free merch from her shop in a now-viral segment...

Ellen shaming an audience member for taking too much merch
NBC / Via youtube.com

5. ...and then literally put her in a mock jail/timeout thing. WHAT?!

Ellen putting someone in timeout for stealing
NBC / Via youtube.com

6. When this audience member was chosen to meet Ellen and — according to her — was told to "not be funnier than Ellen":

Audience member picked to meet Ellen
NBC / Via youtube.com

She talks about the experience here.

7. When she shared an embarrassing picture of a fan humping a tree in a segment that now has almost 2 million views on YouTube:

Ellen sharing a pic of a fan humping a tree
NBC / Via youtube.com

8. When she promised everyone a copy of Flo Rida's album...

NBC / Via youtube.com

...but reportedly, members never got it:

9. When she dissed this superfan's tattoo in a segment called "Bad Paid-For Tattoos":

She said, "I have no words for that one."
NBC / Via youtube.com

10. When she had a bizarre segment called "I Thought You Were My Friend," where people would send Ellen unflattering pictures of their friends and she shared them on her show:

Ellen sharing an unflattering fan photo
NBC / Via youtube.com

11. And lastly, when Ellen had a struggling college student on her show, who had been donating blood for six months — just to pay for a computer. Ellen said Shutterfly would pay for her tuition. Then, producers whispered in Ellen's ear that that was not the case — and that she was only getting a computer. It was a mess:

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NBC / Via youtube.com

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