Over the past few weeks, we’ve been reporting on allegations that daytime talk show host Ellen DeGeneres had mistreated her staffers and guests on her show. Now, a former bodyguard of hers has come forward to say that DeGeneres is not nearly as nice as she appears to be on her show.
Tom Majercak, who served as DeGeneres’ bodyguard when she hosted the 2014 Oscars, told Fox News that his experience working with her was less than pleasant. He had been hired that night to escort DeGeneres, her mother, and her wife Portia de Rossi throughout the ceremony.
“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,” said Majercak, who worked with tons of celebrities during his ten years as senior manager of operations for Security Imagery Specialists (SIS).
He added that at the Oscars, he spent “a lot of time” with De Rossi, who was “very pleasant and carried on a conversation.”
“It started going negatively when she 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,'” Majercak continued. “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.”
After the ceremony, Majercak stood by DeGeneres at a table at the Governor’s Ball, where she only talked to celebrities that she had previously pre-approved to come to her table. He added that the recent allegations against DeGeneres is what motivated to come forward and talk about his experience with her.
“It’s bugged me for years,” Majercak said. “I see this person come across as being very enlightened and positive and awesome and everybody loves her and is in awe and that’s really not the case when you meet her in person.”
“When you see her on TV, people fall in love with her but it is a false facade and bravado,” he continued. “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.”
Majercak concluded by saying that it’s time for DeGeneres to drop the persona that she has created for herself of being kind to everyone.
“I can absolutely see through interacting with her first-hand that she doesn’t care about anybody else as long as she’s getting what she wants,” he said. “People are starting to see her true self and that really lends to the support of what my initial thoughts of her have been over the last six years.”
This comes after DeGeneres’ staffers claimed that she had left them in the dark about the status of their employment and payment for weeks after production shut down of her talk show in March due to COVID-19. A beauty blogger who appeared as a guest on DeGeneres’ show earlier this year then came forward as well to say that the host had been rude to her when she appeared on her show. Experts have said that this could be disastrous to DeGeneres’ brand, as she has made a name for herself by telling others to “be kind” to one another.