Nikki De Jager recalls experience on The Ellen DeGeneres Show: 'I was expecting a Disney show, but got Teletubbies after dark'

Ellen Degeneres. (Photo: Getty/Gallo Images)
Ellen Degeneres. (Photo: Getty/Gallo Images)

YouTuber, Nikki De Jager (a.k.a NikkiTutorials) recently recalled her experience of meeting Ellen DeGeneres on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and let's just say things didn't go quite as she thought it would.

"After Ellen I figured, don't meet your idols," she told Dutch publication, &C.

According to E! News, in the interview, which has been translated, Nikki De Jager described a rather "cold" experience behind the scenes on the show. "Call me naive, but I kind of expected to be welcomed with confetti cannons: 'Welcome to The Ellen DeGeneres Show!' But instead I was greeted by an angry intern who was a bit overworked," she said. "I was expecting a Disney show, but got Teletubbies after dark."

The makeup artist said she had to use a public restroom. She wasn't able to use the nearest bathroom because it was a "private toilet" reserved for the Jonas Brothers.

On Ellen herself, the 26-year-old said on the Dutch show De Wereld Draait Door, that she "wasn't as nice" as she thought she'd be and seemed "distant and cold".

"It's nice that you say 'Hi' before the show... she didn't. Ellen is just such a different world," she said.

Nikki joked that she still hoped to meet Adele but said: "After Ellen I figured, don't meet your idols."


This isn't the first time the talk show has been in the headlines recently. Last week Variety reported that crew members on the show were furious over the lack of communication during the Covid-19 pandemic.

They'd received little to no information with regards to their working hours, dealing with their mental and physical health, and pay, only for production executives to reveal a reduction in salaries, even as the show continues to air.

A spokesperson for Warner Bros told the publication communication could have been better but was made difficult by the chaos of the virus.

They also commented: "Our executive producers and Telepictures are committed to taking care of our staff and crew and have made decisions first and foremost with them in mind," with the studio reiterating that the staff on the show has been paid consistently, though at reduced hours.  

Neither Ellen nor The Ellen Show have publicly responded to Nikki's comments. 

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