There are lots of different levels to celebrity. You hear about it all the time. A celebrity will be referenced as B-list, C-list, or A-list based on their popularity and what kind of projects they do. A lot of that has to do with their talent, but also how popular they are.
From social media stars to movie stars, we have plenty of different types of celebrities, but the ones who become household names are the ones who have their own weekday television shows. Late night hosts and daytime talk show hosts are the type of celebrities that even your grandma knows about.
There is one celebrity, a former standup comedian turned daytime talk show host, who has been the queen of daytime for years. I'm talking about Ellen Degeneres. Known for being goofy, silly, and fun, her mystique is being destroyed as employees (both former and current) speak out against the media queen.
Ellen Degeneres is one of the most popular comedians and daytime talk show hosts. Her career launched when she was young, tearing up the standup scene. Then she got her first sitcom where she came out as lebsian. That hurt her career for a while, but she's been back, stronger than ever for over a decade. Her interviews can be fun and silly, yet there is also a small hint of something darker lurking beneath. Even actress Dakota Johnson has called her out for her rude, entitled behavior during an interview.
The people who work for Ellen Degeneres have begun speaking out in mass. It has always been a little dirty Hollywood rumor that Ellen is difficult and cruel to work for, but now with droves of people confirming it, the rumors seem to be truths.
Last month, a twitter thread was started by a comedian by the name of Kevin T. Porter. His tweet said, Right now we all need a little kindness. You know, like Ellen Degeneres always talks about! She's also notoriously one of the meanest people alive. Respond to this with the most insane stories you've heard about Ellen being mean & I'll match every one w/ $2 to @LAFoodBank.” People began responding with firsthand stories as well as second and third hand stories as well.
Some of the stories include Degeneres refusing to make eye contact with interns. Another story said she got a waitress fired for having a chipped nail. As far as other people in the industry, her head writer Karen Kilgariff is on record saying that Ellen demanded that she cross the picket line during the 2008 writer's strike.
Ellen's fall from grace just seems to keep iling on as well. Earlier in the year she came under fir when pictures of her palling around with George W. Bush surfaced. That might seem a little too nit picky in terms of politics, but critics cited Bush's warmongering as well as his opposition to gay marriage. More recently she was criticized for comparing her time in isolation being in jail. The fact that she made those statements while in a million dollar mansion is what got people especially upset.
One or two stories from employees could be dismissed as lies, but when hundreds of staff members are coming out, it is hard to deny these allegations. The big question is whether or not any of it will matter. Ellen's core audience isn't necessarily privy to Twitter drama, and they are even less likely to turn on their queen.
Most of your favorite celebrities either studied acting in college or went straight from high school into a life of the arts. But, hey, not all of them. Some celebrities actually have advanced college degrees.
Turns out Mayim Bialik is just as much of a genius as the one she plays on The Big Bang Theory. She earned her Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of California, Los Angeles, focusing on obsessive compulsive disorder among people with Prader-Willi syndrome, a rare condition in which the hypothalamus malfunctions.
Little known fact: Natalie Portman skipped the premiere of Star Wars: Phantom Menace because she was studying for her high school exams. She had two papers published in scientific journals while she was still in high school, and graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in Psychology.
Before he was looking for answers on X-Files, David Duchovny was just trying to find the answers for English finals at Princeton University90. David graduated from Princeton in 1982 with a B.A in English. He continued to feed his love of literature by receiving a master’s degree in English Literature at Yale University. David was an excellent writer and poet. His work consistently received praise by his fellow classmates and teachers at Yale. His writing was even nominated for a college prize by the Academy of American Poets.
Sigourney Weaver graduated from Stanford University in 1971 with a bachelor’s in Literature. It was while studying at Stanford that Sigourney realized her true passion in life was to become an actress. Shortly after graduation, she attended Yale for their well-known drama program. She would go on to receive a master’s in Acting from Yale University and become friends with fellow famous actress Meryl Streep.
Meryl Streep is considered one of the most successful actresses of all time. She is also one of the most highly educated. Before collecting an array of Oscars, Meryl collected diplomas. She graduated from Vassar College with a B.A. in 1971. Meryl has a habit of being unsatisfied with impressive accomplishments as her acting career has shown, so she attended Yale University and earned a master’s degree in Acting.