Comedian Judy Gold says she had heard ugly rumors about the “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” for years.
Gold, 57, tells Page Six that she remembers speaking with “a writer who said the happiest day of their life was when they cleaned up their desk and got to leave.
“I worked with [DeGeneres] once and she was very nice,” the New Jersey native added, “but I’ve been hearing this forever.”
“Look here’s the deal, yes there’s a double standard,” she continued. “A woman like that is a bitch and a man like that is ambitious, great fine. But it’s coming from multiple sources and when your public persona is be kind to everyone … And it’s your show!”
The Emmy winner also noted that the first distressing thing that she heard about working conditions on the hugely successful talk show was that staff were not allowed to look at DeGeneres, something which the host claimed she had no idea about.
“That was one of the first things I had ever heard!” Gold exclaimed. “I was like, ‘Really?! Who says you can’t look at me? Doesn’t she say it at the end of the show? Be kind, be kind. You know, come on!’”
Last month Gold’s book “Yes, I Can Say That: When They Come for the Comedians, We Are All in Trouble,” came out. In it, she writes of the distressing censorship comedians have had to face in the last couple of years especially on college campuses.
“Banning words, banning ideas, not listening to an entire thought because you’re triggered by something! You’re just shutting your brain down,” she said forcefully.