A former waitress has shared how Ellen DeGeneres tried to get her suspended for having chipped nail polish.
35-year-old Chris Farah, now an actress and comedian, said she was a waitress at Los Angeles vegan restaurant Real Food Daily six years ago when she waited on the famous TV host and her partner.
Farah said the meal was fine without any problems but one week later, the restaurant owner received an email from Ellen, who was complaining about Farah’s chipped nail polish.
In an interview with Daily Mail, Farah said: “She really went out of her way to try to hurt someone who was beneath her and serving her.
“You’re going to try to take money away from me for two weeks because you don’t like the way my nails looked? It’s sh***y.
“It’s not anything akin to her image of ‘be kind’. It’s unnecessarily cruel and out of touch, and doesn’t understand the repercussions. It’s a crazy thing to do.”
Farah told the news outlet that she believed the brunch she served Ellen and her wife Portia de Rossie went well, but she was shocked when she received that feedback.
“First of all I thought her demeanor was a little weird. It was like she was taken aback by me in some way,” she told Daily Mail.
“I just remember her being like ‘What’s Christina Applegate having?’ She was also in my section. She ordered that. Everything went down the way it should, and I’m really nice and warm, I was a really lovely server.
“A week later my managers were like ‘Chris did you happen to serve Ellen when she came in a week ago?’’
“I 100 percent thought it was a good thing. She was friends with the owner, and in my mind I was like ”oh this is going to be a really good thing for me. She wants me to come on her show and serve mini cashew cheeses to the audience in some adorable way.”
“My bosses looked at each other and kind of smirked. They said ”she emailed Anne [the owner] and complained about your chipped nail polish”. I was like ‘what?’”
“It had chipped the night before and I didn’t have time to get a fresh manicure after I closed the restaurant at 11pm and reopened at 8.30am the next morning. I probably shouldn’t have had chipped nail polish. But it wasn’t on her food or plate.”
Farah added: “She’s obviously a very rich, famous, television person. She has to assume the person serving her is not as rich or famous as her – and most of us are struggling artists.
“I’m a younger, female person of color, I’m Lebanese-Syrian and she knows the power she has over this particular restaurant and owner because she has a relationship with them.”
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