Andy Lassner

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Andy Lassner
Born (1966-12-30) December 30, 1966 (age 51)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationTelevision producer
Years active1996–present
Home townNew York City, New York, U.S.

Andy Lassner (born December 30, 1966) is a Colombian-American television producer. He has been the executive producer of The Ellen DeGeneres Show since 2003, and is featured in many segments in the show. His career as a producer began in the mid 1990s, including The Jane Whitney Show, The Richard Bey Show, The List, and The Rosie O'Donnell Show. Lassner has won 18 Daytime Emmy Awards.

Early life[edit]

Andy Lassner was born December 30, 1966 to Jewish parents in Bogotá, Colombia. His mother, Danièle Gorlin Lassner was a foreign language expert. His father, Jules Lassner, was a captain in the United States Marine Corps.[1] Jules was born in New York City to Ukrainian parents. His parents moved to Bogotá after their marriage for his father's job at Seagram. They lived there for 9 years during which, they founded a Talmud Torah Hebrew school, shtiebel, before returning to New York City.[2] Lassner was raised in New York City and was a New York Rangers fan.[3] He has one brother.[2]

Career[edit]

Lassner started his career in the mid 1990s as a line producer for The Jane Whitney Show. He later produced The Richard Bey Show. In 2001, Lassner was the co-executive producer of The List. He began working at The Rosie O'Donnell Show in 2002.[1] Lassner began working at The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2003.[3] He is the main role in the segment Average Andy... where he plays an average person contrasting with experts in their fields.[4] Another recurring segment features host Ellen DeGeneres sending Lassner with a celebrity to haunted houses every Halloween; this is due to him being easily frightened.[5][6]

Personal life[edit]

Lassner is married to Lorie and has three children.[1] He has a daughter and two sons who were born in 2006.[7][8] They reside in Los Angeles.[7] Lassner is Jewish[9] and is a fan of the Los Angeles Kings, where he has season tickets. He is friends with Anže Kopitar, hosting him on the Ellen Show to raise donations for Breast cancer awareness month.[3] He supports gay rights in the US.[8] In 2016, he was the subject of a one-sided feud by Shmuley Boteach, to which Lassner did not respond.[10] In 2017, Lassner was critical of Donald Trump's America First (policy).[11]

Awards[edit]

Lassner has won 18 Daytime Emmy Awards.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Inside Andy Lassner's Witty Family With Wife; The Ellen Show Producer Bio Reflects". Hollywood Mask. 2018-06-13. Retrieved 2018-07-10.
  2. ^ a b Margolin, Dovid (2015-12-22). "Jules Lassner, 92, Marine, Businessman and Communal Leader With Flair - A life of U.S. national and Jewish communal service". Chabad News. Retrieved 2018-07-10.
  3. ^ a b c d Cooper, Joshua (2008-03-20). "Meet Andy Lassner: Executive Producer and Avid LA Kings Fan". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2018-07-10.
  4. ^ Jones, Jaleesa M. (2016-09-28). "Watch this 'Ellen' producer adorably attempt to race Michael Phelps". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2018-07-10.
  5. ^ Truong, Peggy (October 31, 2017). "Ellen Sent Sarah Paulson to a Haunted House and She Ended Up on the Floor Several Times". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  6. ^ Nelson, Dustin (October 25, 2018). "Chrissy Teigen Could Not Handle This 'Purge'-Themed Haunted House On 'Ellen'". Thrillist. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Ethan Benjamin Lassner and Ryan Oliver Lassner". Variety. 2006-10-24. Retrieved 2018-07-10.
  8. ^ a b Magee, Heather (2013-05-25). "5 Reasons to Follow Andy Lassner on Twitter". HuffPost Canada. Retrieved 2018-07-10.
  9. ^ Solny, Shiryn (2016-09-30). "'I've Never Felt More Jewish in My Life,' Says 'Ellen Show' Executive Producer After Receiving Swimming Lessons From Olympian Michael Phelps". Algemeiner. Retrieved 2018-07-10.
  10. ^ "GOP rabbi gets into one-sided feud with 'Ellen' producer". The Times of Israel. 2016-12-09. Retrieved 2018-07-10.
  11. ^ Lehrman, Gabriel (2017-01-20). "These Jewish Celebs Clapped Back at Trump Today". The Forward. Retrieved 2018-07-10.

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