Things just got even worse for Ellen DeGeneres, as a former waitress is coming forward to claim that the once-beloved television host once tried to get her fired over her nails.
Back in 2014, Chris Farah, who is now a comedian and actress, was working as a waitress at the Los Angeles vegan restaurant Real Food Daily when she waited on DeGeneres and her wife Portia de Rossi during lunch. Though the meal went fine, Farah was stunned one week later when DeGeneres contacted the restaurant owner to tell him that the waitress’s nails were chipped, which resulted in her being suspended for two weeks.
“She really went out of her way to try to hurt someone who was beneath her and serving her,” Farah told Daily Mail. “You’re going to try to take money away from me for two weeks because you don’t like the way my nails looked? It’s sh***y. It’s not anything akin to her image of ‘be kind.’ It’s unnecessarily cruel and out of touch, and doesn’t understand the repercussions. It’s a crazy thing to do.”
She went on to talk about what it was like to wait on DeGeneres.
“First of all I thought her demeanor was a little weird. It was like she was taken aback by me in some way,” the comedian said. “I just remember her being like ‘What’s Christina Applegate having?’ She was also in my section. She ordered that. Everything went down the way it should, and I’m really nice and warm, I was a really lovely server. A week later my managers were like ”Chris did you happen to serve Ellen when she came in a week ago?'”
“I 100 percent thought it was a good thing. She was friends with the owner, and in my mind I was like ‘oh this is going to be a really good thing for me. She wants me to come on her show and serve mini cashew cheeses to the audience in some adorable way,'” she added. “My bosses looked at each other and kind of smirked. They said ‘she emailed Anne [the owner] and complained about your chipped nail polish.’ I was like ‘what?'”
“It had chipped the night before and I didn’t have time to get a fresh manicure after I closed the restaurant at 11pm and reopened at 8.30am the next morning,” Farah explained. “I probably shouldn’t have had chipped nail polish. But it wasn’t on her food or plate.”
She added that the managers tried to suspend her for two weeks because of the complaint, but she had already quit to pursue a career in standup. To this day, it shocks Farah that DeGeneres would have done that, especially to a young female comedian.
“She’s obviously a very rich, famous, television person. She has to assume the person serving her is not as rich or famous as her – and most of us are struggling artists,” Farah said. “I’m a younger, female person of color, I’m Lebanese-Syrian and she knows the power she has over this particular restaurant and owner because she has a relationship with them.”
This comes after DeGeneres was accused of turning a blind eye to racism, intimidation, and sexual misconduct on the set of her talk show.
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