The Ellen DeGeneres Show has come to an end after more than a decade. But there are some celebrities to whom the host still owes an apology.
By now you’ve either heard that Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show is over, or you’ve been living under a rock.
While it can’t be denied that the show was iconic in many ways and had moments that made a huge impact for all the right reasons – during the final episode, DeGeneres even shared that she wasn’t allowed to use the word “gay” when the show was canceled for the first aired in 2003 – there was a reason DeGeneres was culturally canceled long before the actual show was.
That reason was mainly related to allegations of abuse by the staff on set, partly to the fact that she likens lockdown to prison while living in her gigantic mansion with a huge garden, and partly to the celebrities she got dirty on her show.
1. Taylor Swift
I only listen to about three Taylor Swift songs, but I will defend this woman all day long. Like the rest of the world, DeGeneres liked to jump aboard the shame train when it came to Swift and her romantic life, in a way they would never do to a man.
DeGeneres wasn’t the only person to speculate, but her insistence on something that makes Swift so uncomfortable it looks like she’s almost in tears is hard to watch. Leave Swift alone.
2. Nikkie Tutorials
Beauty YouTuber, NikkieTutorials, was invited to the show after being forced to come out to her followers as a trans woman due to threats she received to make love to her without consent.
While the interview itself went fine, NikkieTutorials later chided DeGeneres for the horrible treatment she received backstage.
She described the host as “far and cold” while speaking to the Dutch publication &C†
She went on to say that instead of a warm welcome, she was only “greeted by an angry intern who was a little overworked”, and that she was “not allowed to use the nearest toilet because it was reserved for the Jonas Brothers”. Instead, to show how much she was valued as a guest, she was sent to the public restrooms.
3. Mariah Carey
Carey appeared on the show in 2008 and DeGeneres used the interview to urge her to announce her pregnancy.
At first, DeGeneres simply pointed out that there were pregnancy rumors, but when Carey replied, “Don’t discuss that,” DeGeneres tried to force Carey to challenge herself by toasting that she wasn’t pregnant with champagne.
The whole thing is very cringe-inducing, and the fact that Carey miscarried not long after the interview is just another example of why commenting on a woman’s body around pregnancy is never OK.
After allegations of workplace toxins came out, Carey said in an interview with: Vulture that “I was very uncomfortable with that moment is all I can say. And I’ve really struggled with the aftermath of it.”
4. Dakota Johnson
This clip went viral as people praised Dakota Johnson for standing up for herself when DeGeneres tried to frame her as the bad guy in the sky.
In fact, this clip essentially started the spiral of people sharing their accusations of a toxic work culture, so Johnson really opened the way for lesser-known people to voice their opinion.
5. Hasan Minhajo
As someone with a name that literally no one can pronounce, I fully understand that some names you haven’t come across before can be hard to say – so you ask for the correction, you correct your mistake and everyone (ideally) moves on .
However, if you’re the host of one of the biggest talk shows in America, learning how to say your guests’ names is kind of important – if not for professionalism, then at least it’s to be respectful.
Not only did stand-up comedian and political commentator Hasan Minhaj DeGeneres have to learn how to pronounce his name correctly during his interview, she kept mispronouncing it several times mockingly.
Minhaj was a champion at it; laughed it off, wondered aloud why people could learn complicated white celebrity names (side note: it’s racism), and even responded to a question about what he was doing at Starbucks with, “I’m just going to pass by Timothée Chalamet.”
6. Leah Thompson
After staff allegations about a toxic workplace came out, Back to the future actor Lea Thompson responded on Twitter to an article by People in which Everyone loves Raymond actor, Brad Garrett, claimed the toxicity was “public knowledge” and that he “knew more than one who was treated horribly by her”.
Thompson never went into detail, but her two-word response makes it pretty clear that something has gone wrong: “True story. It is”.
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