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Bad Boss?

Ellen Degeneres Has Staff 'Walking On Eggshells' Says Insider

‘She treats staffers as if they’re her peasants’ claims source

Forget that wide smile and friendly demeanor. is reporting Ellen DeGeneres’ reputation as the “Queen of Nice” is a total sham!

“Ellen’s public image is that of a sweetie who’s nice to everyone and is a real pussycat,” a source spilled.

“But when the cameras aren’t rolling, she treats staffers as if they are her peasants!”

“No one is allowed to engage Ellen in conversation or even look her in the eye!” the insider revealed. “She doesn’t even brief the staff about the show anymore!”

Insiders claim DeGeneres’ ego is so out of control that when one of her producers was recently asked if she’d support a charity, he said, “Ellen doesn’t work with charities. She IS a big charity!”

The Finding Dory star — whose estimated net worth is a staggering $360 million — is also very manipulative, according to on-set insiders.

“She picks and chooses people to be nice to when it’s to her advantage,” the insider spilled.

“She’ll invite some staffers to fun outings and purposely exclude others to create tension, jealousy and hurt feelings.”

Trouble in the talkers’ marriage to Aussie beauty Portia de Rossi, 44, can also trigger an eruption, sources said.

“If she’s going through a rough spot with Portia, people really have to duck and cover,” an insider snitched.

“Staffers never know what she’ll go off on, or who she’ll target. It’s like walking on eggshells.”