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SNL mocks Ellen DeGeneres 'mean' accusations in hilarious Drew Barrymore skit

'After seeing what went down with Ellen, we took a hard turn in the other direction’

Jacob Stolworthy
Monday 05 October 2020 11:42 BST
Saturday Night Live pokes fun at Ellen DeGeneres debacle

Saturday Night Live poked fun at the accusations of mean behaviour aimed at Ellen DeGeneres.

The sketch show briefly addressed the controversy in a skit featuring Chloe Fineman in character as Drew Barrymore, whose very own daytime show started in the US three weeks ago.

DeGeneres issued an apology to former staff members after an investigation by WarnerMedia found “deficiencies in day-to-day management” on the set of her popular chat show.

The investigation was sparked after a number of ex-staff members shared anonymous accounts of their negative experiences working on the series.

DeGeneres herself is at the centre of numerous “mean” accusations. One such claim came from Back to the Future star Lea Thompson, who claimed that the host’s “horrible” behaviour is “common knowledge” in Hollywood.

All of this occurred while SNL was off the air due to the pandemic.

“There is a new face in daytime,” a voiceover in the new skit can be heard saying. 

"After seeing what went down with Ellen, we took a hard turn in the other direction.”

The allegations were referenced head on when the voiceover then states: “And don’t worry about her being mean to the crew – they say she maintains eye contact too long and is too emotionally supportive."

Fineman's Barrymore is then shown chasing a camera operator around the studio so that she can have a hug.

Barrymore approved of the skit on social media after posting a photo of herself laughing along while watching it.

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