Ellen DeGeneres has been no stranger to controversy over the past few years.Today, the 63-year-old announced plans to end her daytime talk show after its 19th season.”When you’re a creative person, you constantly need to be challenged and as great as t…
Ellen DeGeneres has been no stranger to controversy over the past few years.
Today, the 63-year-old announced plans to end her daytime talk show after its 19th season.
"When you're a creative person, you constantly need to be challenged and as great as this show is, and as fun as it is, it's just not a challenge anymore," she told The Hollywood Reporter.
While it's been widely reported there was a toxic work environment behind the scenes of the show, we take a look at some of the controversial moments that made it to air.
DeGeneres' viral interview with Dakota Johnson
There were many awkward moments when DeGeneres interviewed Dakota Johnson in 2019.
The talk show host playfully called out the actress for not shooting her an invite to her 30th birthday party. However, Johnson asserted that couldn't be further from what happened.
"That's not the truth Ellen, you were invited. The last time I was on the show, you gave me a bunch of s--t about not inviting you, but I didn't even know you wanted to be invited. I didn't even know you liked me," Johnson told DeGeneres in the interview.
"Ask everybody," Johnson teased. DeGeneres' producer confirmed she was invited but was "out of town".
It was later revealed DeGeneres was attending an NFL game with George Bush at the time of the party.
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DeGeneres reveals Mariah Carey's pregnancy
DeGeneres tried to out Mariah Carey for being pregnant when she dropped by her show in 2008. The talk show host handed her a glass of champagne when the singer refused to comment on whether she was expecting a child with then-husband Nick Cannon.
"I can't believe you did this to me, Ellen… This is peer pressure," Carey said during the interview. When the singer pretended to take a sip, DeGeneres yelled out, "You're pregnant!"
Carey tragically went on to have a miscarriage. Three years later, she welcomed twins Moroccan and Monroe with Cannon.
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She opened up about the interview to Vulture last year saying, "I was extremely uncomfortable with that moment is all I can say. And I really have had a hard time grappling with the aftermath. I wasn't ready to tell anyone because I had had a miscarriage."
DeGeneres mocks Sofia Vergara's accent
DeGeneres had a field day teasing actress Sofia Vergara over her English accent.
"I mean, literally, you've been on this show [Modern Family] for 10 years and your accent has gotten worse. How is that possible?" DeGeneres said in a 2015 interview.
The host teased her again saying, "Your English has gotten better, I have to say." Vergara responded, "Her English?" in reference to Reese Witherspoon who was on the show with her.
When the interview resurfaced last year, Vergara assured her fans she wasn't offended by the interview.
"Two comedians having fun with each other to entertain. I was never a victim guys, I was always in on the joke," Vergara wrote on Twitter in August 2020.
DeGeneres comments on Celine Dion's son's hair
In 2006, DeGeneres seemed to call out Celine Dion for choosing not to cut her son's long hair.
"It seems like you're too busy because you're forgetting to cut your son's hair," DeGeneres said.
Dion clapped back, "Do you have a problem with that?" DeGeneres replied: "No, I don't have a problem, that is some long hair."
"Some people shave the head of their children, and people say, 'Oh, isn't that terrible?' Well, I don't even cut my son's hair and they say, 'Oh my god, when is she going to cut her son's hair?' You know? Whatever I will do, I won't please everyone," Dion said.
DeGeneres comparing home quarantine to jail
DeGeneres angered her viewers when she said home quarantining was like "being in jail". She started to air her show from her US$27 million (approx. $34 million) Montecito, California, mansion amid the global pandemic.
In the since-deleted video, she said, "One thing that I've learned from being in quarantine is... this is like being in jail, is what it is. It's mostly because I've been wearing the same clothes for 10 days and everyone in here is gay."
Here's what the show looked like from the comfort of her home.
Social media were displeased with DeGeneres' complaint and thought it was in poor taste. The comedian later tested positive to COVID-19 in December.
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