Former ‘Ellen’ Producer Says Host Was Aware of Abuses Amid ‘Culture of Fear’

Hedda Muskat was one of the first producers recruited for “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in 2003

Following weeks of reporting and a third-party investigation into the toxic work culture at “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” one former producer has chosen to speak publicly about her experience with what she described as a “culture of fear” in the show’s earliest days.

Hedda Muskat was an early hire on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” back in 2003 when the show was still in development. A veteran of “The Howie Mandel Show” and “The Martin Short Show,” she was among a handful of writers and producers recruited by executive producer Andy Lassner to flesh out what “Ellen” would later become.

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Reid Nakamura

Reid Nakamura

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