Celebrity Ellen DeGeneres Ellen DeGeneres Responded to the Rumor That She Doesn't Allow Eye Contact An Australian producer alleged that no eye contact was one of many "bizarre" rules. By Alyssa Hardy Alyssa Hardy Instagram Twitter Alyssa Hardy is a fashion and culture writer living in New York City. She was formerly the Fashion News Editor at Teen Vogue and the Senior News Editor at InStyle. She recently launched a newsletter titled "This Stuff," which publishes twice weekly. In each edition, readers find timely commentary on news stories and current events in fashion, along with personal essays and musings on trends and celebrity style, featuring personal anecdotes from Alyssa's life as a fashion insider.Alyssa is a staunch advocate for garment workers' rights, and has a deep passion for educating others about fashion's environmental impact — tones that can be felt throughout 'This Stuff.' Her work has been featured in InStyle, Vogue, NYLON, Refinery29, TeenVogue, Ladygunn, Fashionista, and Allure. She is currently working on her debut book, a non-fiction exploration of ethics in fashion titled 'Worn Out.' InStyle's editorial guidelines Published on August 19, 2020 @ 08:43AM Pin Share Tweet Email Ellen DeGeneres has been reportedly addressing the allegations of a toxic work environment with staff over the last week via Zoom. In a recent call, sources told Page Six that DeGeneres responded directly to a rumor that she does not allow staff to make eye contact with her. “I don’t know where it started,” said DeGeneres. “Please talk to me. Look me in the eye.” The outlet also wrote that she called the rumor “insane,” explaining, “it’s crazy, just not true, I don’t know how it started. [It’s] not who I am.” Reports of the rule surfaced after a producer on "Today" Australia revealed what she was told by Ellen's staff during a 2013 appearance on the show. "[Ellen DeGeneres’] producers called us aside … and said, ‘Now, Neil, no one is to talk to Ellen. You don’t talk to her, you don’t approach her, you don’t look at her,'” they said on the radio station 4BC. “‘She’ll come in, she’ll sit down, she’ll talk to Richard and then Ellen will leave.’ And I sort of said, ‘I can’t look at her?’ I found the whole thing bizarre,” Ellen DeGeneres Apologized to Staffers Amid Workplace Misconduct Allegations In an earlier Zoom call, DeGeneres claimed that the reason these problems were surfacing was that she was introverted and had not been present with all of the staff. "I care about each and every one of you. I am grateful for each and every one of you. I feel like I’ve kind of let the ball drop a bit because I’m focused on the show, I go in and I do the show, and I’ve just let everybody to do their jobs – to run different departments. And it just became a well-oiled machine, and I think that is the problem," she said on the call. The show also reportedly parted ways with producers Ed Glavin, Kevin Leman, and Jonathan Norman.