Ellen DeGeneres' Mean Tweet From 2009 Goes Viral Amid Toxic Workplace Allegations!

The proof that Ellen DeGeneres has been a covert mean comic might have been under our noses this whole time!

While most of the daytime queen’s Twitter page is full of silly jokes, heartwarming memes, and content generally on brand with her Be Kind To One Another™ mantra, one tweet from over a decade ago is raising eyebrows due to how perfectly it matches up with some of the damning allegations that have recently come out about her talk show.

On July 5, 2009, the Emmy winner wrote:

“I made one of my employees cry like a baby on today’s show.  Honestly, it felt good.”

Yes, you read that correctly. That’s a real tweet from over a decade ago.

Uh… ha ha?

Although Ellen’s followers barely batted an eye over the tweet when it was shared, it’s gotten renewed attention due to the slew of allegations that have come out over the past few months from former and current staffers on The Ellen DeGeneres Show who claim that the Finding Dory star fostered a toxic work environment at the long-running daytime program.

Unsurprisingly, many Twitter users argued that the 2009 tweet proved Ellen had always been not-so-kind behind the scenes, writing comments like:

“It was here the whole time”

“bruh you been a demon since 2009 huh”

“This is not helping your case sis… delete”

“we got you on candid camera”


For those who don’t get the “candid camera” reference, Twitter users have co-opted a clip from the film Scary Movie featuring the brilliant Regina Hall for exposing someone online with receipts:

The resurfaced tweet comes a day after it was reported that three allegedly problematic producers Ellen — exec producers Ed Glavin and Kevin Leman and co-exec producer Jonathan Norman — had gotten the axe. As we reported, this news was relayed to staff in a video conference by DeGeneres herself, who also apparently announced that an “internal investigation into the workplace allegations” would take place in the near future.

According to BuzzFeed News sources, the remaining EPs promised the host “will be making rounds to smaller chats” with employees going forward, presumably to make sure they’re comfortable working on the show. But if Ellen truly is one of the sources of the toxicity, as this tweet would suggest, could the culture on her show really change for good?

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