As her ratings plummet and sinister stories of her true nature circulate, it seems that the once-popular Ellen Degeneres has been well and truly knocked off her pedestal.

The latest in a string of horror stories to come to light about the host has seen someone dig up a "racist" post she made about Usain Bolt.

Keep scrolling to see the tweet for yourself, and how Ellen responded to the backlash...

Ellen DeGeneres isn't having the best year, is she?

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For the last couple of months, the general dislike of the infamous TV host has been on the rise as more and more people begin to slowly turn against her.

Rumors about Ellen's true personality have been rife...

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Though she has built her on-screen persona around being outspoken against injustice and generous to the needy, many people have claimed that, in real life, she is quite the opposite.

Those who have met the star have claimed that she is nothing more than another power-hungry, self-centered celebrity.

Which is certainly a far cry from the relatable and humble TV host we all know and love... Or we thought we knew and loved.

In recent years, Ellen's image has been questioned more and more.

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Cracks have certainly began to show, and rumors of the somewhat nastier personality behind the famous smiling blonde-haired, blue-eyed face have been intensifying.

Evidently, people who know the host have been growing tired of her flawless persona...

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And, for many years now, a number of different former employees have been attempting to expose Ellen for who she truly is.

These employees certainly haven't held back.

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Her behavior is shocking, and now, more horror stories have surfaced that have had a huge impact on her ratings...

Firstly, stories of Ellen's reactions to writers strikes have raised a few eyebrows.

This Twitter user came forward with the story about Ellen's head writer, Karen Kilgariff. Karen was under Ellen's employment for 5 years until she took part in a writer's strike. Boom. Fired. And a word was never exchanged between the pair again.

More scandal regarding her treatment of staff...

This woman claims that her friend used to work as a writer on the show and, in the whole 2 years of her employment, Ellen didn't greet her once. In fact, none of the staff were allowed to speak to the star of the show. Apparently.

Staff weren't even allowed in the same room as her.

Wow, we really aren't worthy, are we?

Her veganism has also ruffled a few feathers in the past.

For a colleague's birthday, Twitter user Alison Freer was celebrating with a BBQ outside of the Warner Bros studios where The Ellen Show is filmed. However, Ellen was quick to shut down all the festivities by sending someone over to put a stop to the celebration, all because she doesn't eat meat. Not cool, Ellen.

She reportedly sacked someone for talking to her too much.

This Twitter user came forward with a damning story that, after a mildly autistic employee talked to and simply looked at the host too often, he was fired.

Ellen doesn't want any of her celebrity buddies to mingle with the common folk.

Ellen has notoriously sucked up to the rich and famous for years, and apparently she wants to keep them all for herself. When Russell Brand wandered into the employee break area to chat with the crew, Ellen apparently got quite irritated and told him that he "doesn't have to interact with these people."

She has a "sensitive nose".

And this highly sensitive nose apparently means that people working around her have to take extra care with their smell... Including chewing gum from a bowl outside her office before speaking to her. Some members of staff have even been asked to go home and shower. Now that's just rude.

She apparently chooses someone new to "hate."

A staff member was once told that, while filming, Ellen will randomly "pick someone different to really hate" for no reason whatsoever. And these poor employees simply have to suck it up and endure her wrath for the day.

Staff members are reportedly encouraged to cheer her up when she's in a bad mood.

There isn't enough money in the world that would ever encourage me to do that. Thank you, next.

Her compassion for animals strikes again.

Though it's great that she cares so much about animals, her sensitivity to the matter doesn't bode well for her employees.

And, reportedly, she has no respect for her current staff.

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In a recent, weird segment on her talk show, the sixty-two-year-old rated her staff's babies after telling us "my staff [have] a lot of beautiful additions to their families. Clearly they had to be rated." Did they Ellen? Did they really?

It seems that there is no end to the Ellen-themed horror stories...

And as a result, her ratings have taken a huge hit.

Before the allegations were made this year, Ellen’s ratings were consistently around 2.0 for her daytime slot...

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With previous seasons of the show raking in an average of 4.5 million viewers.

But, in a drastic turn...

The Ellen Show had its season-low rating of 1.5 for the second week in a row.

It's a slippery slope.

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And there seems to be no end to the sinister stories about the once-beloved host.

And the latest in the string of horror stories has seen the star branded as being racist.

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A tweet she posted from 2016 about Usain Bolt has resurfaced again, and fans have been left disgusted.

The tweet included a photoshopped image of Ellen riding on Bolt's back.

And saw the star joke about running errands.

But people were completely offended by the imagery she used.

"Because you haven't been riding on black people's backs for 500yrs in America," wrote one furious user.

Another user raised this important point for those who don't see anything wrong with the tweet.

The issue with the image, one user explained, is that it uses imagery reminiscent of slavery in the US, The Independent reports.

Some fans dismissed the criticism, however.

With many people arguing that she was simply just trying to say that the Olympic athlete is fast. What do you think?

Following the backlash...

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Ellen clapped back at those accusing her of being racist.

Here's what she had to say:

“I am highly aware of the racism that exists in our country," she wrote. “It is the furthest thing from who I am." For more Ellen drama, scroll on...