Ellen DeGeneres doesn’t know where the no-eye-contact rule came from on the set of her eponymous daytime talk show.
Sources told Page Six exclusively that during DeGeneres’ Zoom call with her staff on Monday afternoon, she addressed the unspoken rule that prevented anyone from looking at her.
“I don’t know where it started,” said DeGeneres, 62. “Please talk to me. Look me in the eye.”
Describing the rumored rule as “insane,” DeGeneres continued, “It’s crazy, just not true, I don’t know how it started. [It’s] not who I am.”
A former producer of Australia’s “Today” show in July revealed DeGeneres’ staff’s “bizarre” demands when she made an appearance on the show back in 2013.
“‘She’ll come in, she’ll sit down, she’ll talk to Richard and then Ellen will leave,’” Neil Breen recalled her staff telling him. “And I sort of said, ‘I can’t look at her?’ I found the whole thing bizarre.”
Our sources also said DeGeneres plans to interact with her staff more while working on the show’s upcoming season, which she was excited to get back to.
We’re told WarnerMedia is nearing the end of its investigation into “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which already ousted three top producers from its ranks: executive producers Ed Glavin and Kevin Leman and co-executive producer Jonathan Norman.
The top producers’ removal came after staffers accused them of sexual misconduct.