Dana Dimatteo, a former guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, claims they were warned not to be smarter or funnier than Ellen.
It was in 2018 when Dimatteo flew all the way from Chicago to Los Angeles to attend a taping and she was also chosen to participate in the ‘Make It Rain’ segment.
But despite being a huge fan of the show, Dimmatteo says she was left disappointed after seeing how Ellen DeGeneres acted after the cameras stop rolling.
In an interview with The Sun, Dimatteo revealed: “During commercial breaks, Ellen would break out of her “kind” character and sit moodily in silence on her couch, not acknowledging anyone.
“She didn’t say one word to the audience unless the cameras were on, she snapped out of her character the second the cameras stopped rolling.”
Before appearing on screen, Dimatteo claims she and other guests were warned not to be ‘funnier or smarter’ than Ellen, and to keep in mind that ‘she is the star and the comedian, not us.’
She added: “We were told to act in a very specific way and to only speak if she asked us a question. They made us scream and jump around backstage as a test, it was pretty humiliating.”
After the ‘Make It Rain’ segment, Dimatteo says they were soaking wet and told to go backstage.
“We waited pretty much the whole show in our soaking wet clothes for someone to bring us dry things to change into. It was really uncomfortable and cold,” she expressed.
The talk show is currently undergoing an investigation after DeGeneres has been accused of fostering a ‘toxic environment’ behind the scenes.
The 62-year-old apologized for the accusations and said she “will now change and I’m committed to ensuring that doesn’t happen again.”
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