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Ellen DeGeneres Is Trying to Navigate Rumors That She’s Mean, Thought It Was ‘Just Sour Grapes’ (Exclusive)

Ellen DeGeneres ends every episode of her talk show with, “Be kind to one another,” but she has been hit with a number of allegations in recent weeks that she is mean to staffers, guests and other people behind-the-scenes.

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“Ellen is at the end of her rope,” a source reveals exclusively in the new issue of Us Weekly. “She thought this was all just sour grapes from a few haters. But it’s not a passing thing — the hits just keep coming.”

It all started in April when beauty YouTuber Nikkie de Jager (a.k.a. NikkieTutorials) accused DeGeneres, 62, of being “cold and distant” when she appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in January. That same month, the comedian came under fire for joking that being quarantined in her $27 million mansion during the coronavirus pandemic is “like being in jail.” In addition, Variety reported that the crew on DeGeneres’ show had been left in the dark about their jobs and pay during the global crisis, and her former bodyguard publicly called her “cold” and “dehumanizing.”

Ellen DeGeneres Is Trying Navigate Rumors Shes Mean
Ellen DeGeneres at the season 1 premiere of Netflix’s ‘Green Eggs And Ham’ at Hollywood Post 43 on November 3, 2019 in Hollywood, California. Janet Gough/AFF-USA.COM/MEGA

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Through it all, the Emmy winner has leaned on her wife, Portia de Rossi, and some trusted pals.

“Ellen’s so grateful to have Portia in her life as a soulmate and a sounding board, but that doesn’t mean it’s been easy,” a second source tells Us. “Their home life is strained right now. … Her real friends never ask her to be funny or tell jokes. They accept her as is.”

And at the end of the day, DeGeneres’ ratings continue to soar, which indicates that the backlash has not affected her show.

“Ellen’s been in our homes for so long, it’ll take a lot more than a bodyguard and a blogger to change how people feel about her,” the second insider notes. “Her best response is just being happy Ellen on the show every day.”

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For more on the truth about DeGeneres, watch the video above and pick up the new issue of Us Weekly, on newsstands now.

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