A few days before the Ellen DeGeneres show, a famous talk show host revealed why there is a secret tunnel under her stage.
As the final episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show approaches, 19 years later, the talk show host revealed how she managed to deal with many of her famous scary celebrities.
In fact, a tunnel was built under the stage so that the producers could jump out and scare DeGeneres’ big-name guests.
In a segment giving a behind-the-scenes look at “the anatomy of fear”, executive producer Andy Lassner said that celebrity guests have always enjoyed being scared on the show.
“Celebrities have been calling our producers and asking, ‘Why didn’t Ellen ever try to scare me?'” said Lassner, who has been on the show since it first aired in 2003.
“They are always grateful for it. They always love it. Their favorite clip, which they will show next time, is “when you scared me”.
“Never had a bad feeling about fear.”
DeGeneres, 64, announced last May that she was ending the series due to allegations of workplace toxicity, including sexual harassment.
An internal investigation by Warner Bros, following months of negative press, resulted in the firing of lead producers Ed Glavin, Kevin Lehman and Jonathan Norman in mid-2020.
The final episode has already been filmed and will air on May 26.
The evolution of “Ellen’s scare”
In the early years, Ellen DeGeneres began to scare Andy Lassner on set.
She then moved on to celebrities where she would hide in their dressing room bathroom and jump out. It was always filmed on hidden cameras and played on shows.
One of the most memorable moments was when DeGeneres jumped on a young Taylor Swift on Halloween in 2009, causing the singer to fall to the floor screaming.
“It’s just my way of welcoming people and putting them at ease,” DeGeneres said in a chilling segment of the show last week.
“I don’t want them to think that this is some kind of formal situation. It’s just a relaxing place to get scared.”
The team then moved on to scaring celebrities while they were on air, with producers often wearing costumes sneaking up on guests during interviews.
The next step was to create a “table of fear”.
modern family actor Eric Stonestreet became his first victim in September 2014.
A producer dressed as a clown jumped out from behind a table between the chairs of Stonestreet and DeGeneres on stage when Stonestreet was in mid-sentence.
To change the situation, to scare actress Sarah Paulson, the team built a tunnel.
Reflecting on the moment, executive producer Corey Palent said, “I had to go down the stairs, through these rocks and dirt, up the stairs, and then climb into the box.
“So Ellen removed the top of the box to show no one was in the box and then closed it again.”
A clip of Paulson was included in the segment confirming that she found the scare on the show amusing.
“I watch it and think it’s funny,” she said. “I’m ‘Ellen’ in the sense that I spent a lot of time scaring people when I was young, so I understand why she does it.”