Although Ellen is very funny, there is something about her that comes off a little mean, says Joe MacLeod. "The shtick she does on her talk show, where she gets the guests and the audience members to dance, exudes an undercurrent of anger and manipulation, leveraging Ellen’s branded passive-aggressive performance persona of aw-shucks awkwardness and twisting it into a projectile aimed at compelling others on the show to debase themselves," he says. "I’m not trying to psychoanalyze or anything, OK? It’s just a feeling I get about Ellen. I’m not saying she’s a bad person, but she’s kinda mean, that’s all, and her game show, Ellen’s Game of Games, which is somehow billed as a reality show, is all about Ellen being mean to people who are trying to win $100,000, so she gets to do all kinds of torturous things to them as they vie for the ultimate prize over the course of a series of colorfully designed, sadistically inventive preliminary games."