‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’: All the times Ellen was terrible to guests
Ellen DeGeneres has had a tough go of it recently as accusation after accusation of being not-so-secretly mean have been piling up since October of 2019. In fact, her show has recently seen such a dramatic drop in viewership that if the numbers don’t improve, the ratings would be grounds for NBC to cancel The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Not only have some of the people who worked for her come forward, but celebrities have too. They’ve talked about the unusual and rude things which have happened off camera when appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. With so many anecdotes from so many different people it gets hard to remain skeptical of what people are saying.
Though we’ll never have footage to prove what she’s like off camera, we can take a look at clips from The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which have occasionally shown DeGeneres in a less than stellar light.
Dakota Johnson in 2019
In November of 2019 Dakota Johnson was a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Ellen starts the interview clip by saying “happy belated birthday – when was your birthday?” Johnson informs her interviewer it was a month ago, to which Ellen asks why she wasn’t invited to the party.
Dakota’s response is that Ellen was invited. Degeneres looks shocked and repeatedly presses Johnson on whether she’s sure. Johnson continues to pull receipts saying DeGeneres had previously given her crap for not getting birthday party invites, so, yes, she’s sure. They continue their spat on live television and Johnson even tells DeGeneres she didn’t know the host liked her.
The entire interview, while being played for laughs to the live audience, is fraught with awkward and passive aggressive energy. However, it looks like Johnson fully expected DeGeneres to come for her and was more than ready for a weird interview. Even the comments on the video are all very weirded out by the clip.
Hasan Minhaj in 2019
Minhaj is a very popular comedian, and had his first appearance (maybe his last) on The Ellen DeGeneres show in April of last year. Ellen starts by saying how much she’s a fan of him and then immediately mispronounces his name.
Minhaj says “no” to which DeGeneres has the audacity to fight him on it and replies “yes”. He tells her how to say it . . . and then she gets it wrong again. He takes a serious moment to explain to people his name is important to him and his parents who are in the audience, and yet DeGeneres doesn’t seem to take him entirely seriously.
Not taking the five minutes to Google the pronunciation of a guest’s name is embarrassing, since it’s her job. Especially when she can have an intern do it and relay the information to her.
An audience member in 2017
In 2017 DeGeneres started a segment by saying she wanted to see how honest her audience was. She set up a swag table where members of the live audience could take one Ellen branded item as a free gift.
However, when someone inevitably took more than one item, the hidden cameras caught her and Ellen DeGeneres shamed her for doing the very thing she set out to catch someone doing. It was completely a setup.
The guest is clearly uncomfortable for being called out on national television, but does her best to play it off as funny by slapping her own hand a couple times. DeGeneres even makes her go up on stage and sit in the corner in a timeout-esque situation.
Taylor Swift in 2013
A lot of these examples are more recent, but the long running DeGeneres show has had questionable moments for a long time. One of the most heartbreaking occurred in an interview with Taylor Swift where she looks nearly ready to burst into tears.
DeGeneres wants to play a game where the Swift (who has been known to have a number of high profile romances over the years) to ring a bell whenever a picture of a guy she has dated shows up on the big screen.
Swift refuses to play for many minutes saying she doesn’t want to upset anyone. Eventually Ellen just starts ringing the bell herself and Swift desperately cries for DeGeneres to stop saying it makes her feel bad about herself every time she comes on the show. This is the most obvious case of bullying we’ve seen on the show.
There are countless other video clips of DeGeneres not listening to guests, blowing them off, or otherwise being rude to them. Not to mention some of her guests genuinely don’t enjoy her frequent attempts to scare them. However, these are some of the most obvious and uncomfortable clips to watch.
I’m tired of everybody picking on Ellen.July 5, 2020
To be honest this woman is intelligent point blank period 😁🙆🏿♀️.July 12, 2020
Make a movie Ellen , Make a movie !,Make a movie !,Make a movie !!.
The Ellen DeGeneres show has been on the air for roughly 17 years and you come up with four examples of Ellen being mean from it? You of course are perfect and have never said something thoughtless or unkind or ungracious and so can safely disparage another human being with utter confidence in your right to do so…July 21, 2020
My worst one was when she bullied Mariah Carey when she was in the first trimester of pregnancy. It was way too early to tell anyone but yet she pushed and pushed her even going as far as to saying to drink a glass of champagne if she really wasn’t pregnant. Not safe and not fair everyone keeps pregnancies earlier that 12weeks private and secret because of the risk in those weeks. Since that I don’t watch her.July 30, 2020
Oh and Mariah had a miscarriage weeks laterJuly 30, 2020
I adamantly want to see Ellen stop “Clowning” with guests, scaring them to pee themselves or have a near heart attack. Stop it Ellen! It’s getting old but mostly guests cant trust you to stop and it IS dangerous or humiliating. Stop already now. Grow up.July 30, 2020
Secondly, you’ve teased and humiliated dear sweet Andy enough!!! Stop too. Leave him be. He’s being too forgiving of you. It’s not his thing all you make him do. He’s smart and calling him “Average Andy” is downright disrespectful. Leave him do his job. Will you??
Fascinates me how those accusing others of being mean can be the meanest! She’s a comedian guys! If you chuckled when she said it , it would be hypocritical to criticize those comments now! Thin skinned people can be the harshest of all of us.August 4, 2020
Maybe if Ellen stopped picking on people, people would stop picking on Ellen.August 7, 2020
I love Ellens personality. And the way she calls people out is funny she a comedian. Wow people. And her scaring people is a big part of the show. Dang if your a puppy stay on he porch. Look at all the good she does.August 14, 2020
Ellen treats these people as if she herself has absolutely no skeletons in her closet or allegations against her she’d rather not talk about. You become a house hold name and get the money that comes with it and all of a sudden your confidence soars to delusional heights and everyone has a hand in the bucket so nobody in a position to do so says boo about it. Rosie did the same kind of stuff. Daytime tv is where they stick mediocre B listers. In my opinion either of them just barely if at all outshine Maury Povich or Jerry Springer.August 24, 2020
People that has a problem with. Ellen Degeneres ,quit being her quests just because your invited don’t mean you have to go ,your friends ,an fans can see you else where an will totally understand. Any body that’s been miss treated or humiliated isn’t going to want to have nothing to do with anyone like that ,but all the wondering I’ve done about her period nothing surprises about her ,even the gift giving ,it’s tax rightoffs ,it’s not from the heart that’s why I’ll never watch her again ..September 15, 2020
She’s a comedian and the guest stole things from Ellen shop! I remember that one and I still think it’s funny. Taylor Swift is whiner anyways and scarring guests is one of her favorite thing, everyone knows that. People need to lighten up a littleSeptember 16, 2020
I wish one of her guests humiliates her in her own show! That would be a good lesson for Hellend. :)October 24, 2020
Ellen is soo mean. One time when Justin Bieber was on her show she put up embarrassing pictures of him in boxers taken by crazy paparazzi. She’s so rude and mean and Justin was so embarrassed.November 6, 2020