Charming, successful, and perky, Ellen DeGeneres is one of the most famous TV titans across the world. She managed to grow from an unknown comic to a beloved celebrity during the time when everyone on TV was trying to rebrand as a talk show host, during the time when homosexuality was still stigmatized.
Given her impeccable hair, uplifting jokes, and legendary grooves, it's no surprise Ellen won the top spot in an online "State of Kindness" survey. In fact, Ellen is known as the "Queen of Nice": she is a lovable woman married to beautiful Portia de Rossi, a talented celeb who can make people laugh, and a kind individual who supports numerous environmental causes.
Yet, TV shows are often staged and rumors go that Ellen is not as nice as she seems. From her bizarre lawsuits to her diva attitude, here are 20 questionable things about Ellen we can’t ignore anymore.
20 Who Was Ellen's "Beard"?
With more than 4.2 million viewers per episode, it’s pretty clear Ellen is a TV titan. However, when she was an unknown comic, she had a walking "beard" to help her become successful! Talented actor Johnathon Schaech was asked to accompany DeGeneres at Hollywood premieres because she was scared people would not watch the show because of the social attitudes towards homosexuality.
19 Her Tough Upbringing & Questionable Beliefs
There’s no doubt Ellen can make people laugh, relax, and reflect on life all the same time. Interestingly, her childhood had a huge impact on her show – Ellen was raised in a conservative and religious family where feelings rather than happiness weren’t approved of. However, according to time.com, ignoring emotions and deep feelings can be detrimental to one’s emotional health.
18 The Truth About Ellen’s Breakthrough Piece
Comedians often pull from their darkest secrets for their best jokes. For example, Ellen’s "call to God" – her breakthrough piece – was born from the loss of her girlfriend in the 80s. According to nickiswift.com, Ellen’s friend was in an accident just after the two young women had hit a rough patch in their relationship.
17 Be Kind To One Another… And Make Your Guests Cry
Ellen DeGeneres is one of the kindest TV personalities across the world. Because of her conservative upbringing, Ellen learned to be respectful and kind. However, we shouldn’t ignore the time when Ellen made Kathy Griffin cry. Griffin wrote that Ellen kicked her out of a dressing room at the Emmys and banned her from her show.
16 Why Did Her Family Kick Her Out?
Ellen DeGeneres, one of the first openly gay TV personalities, is loved by many. Nevertheless, her relatives still have mixed feelings about her sexuality. Sadly, her family kicked her out when she came out; according to nickiswift.com, Ellen’s stepmother was worried that her lifestyle will harm her two stepsisters and told her to leave.
15 Ellen Versus Her Writers
Given that celeb guests find Ellen nicer than other hosts, it’s no surprise DeGeneres won the top spot in an online "State of Kindness" survey. Nevertheless, according to nickiswift.com, Ellen treats her staff – the people who help her stay famous – like peasants. Let’s not forget that DeGeneres continued producing her show during the Hollywood writers’ strike in 2007.
14 A Bizarre Lawsuit
Is there anything real about TV shows? According to radaronline.com, Ellen - "the Queen of Nice" - is not so nice. In a bizarre lawsuit, a woman called Titi Pierce sued DeGeneres for making fun of her name. Ellen called Titi (pronounced Tee Tee) "Titty" which had negative consequences for Pierce.
13 Ellen DeGeneres & Anne Heche: A Real Soap Opera
Just like her show, Ellen's relationship with actress Anne Hache became a subject of media interest. But was their relationship real? DeGeneres told latimes.com, "All I can say to that is, I don’t want to be a part of a soap opera anymore. That’s the keyword - a soap opera is not real. I was in something that I thought was real."
12 Thoughts On Health
One of the most questionable things about Ellen is her upbringing. As she was raised in a strict household, Ellen did not believe in doctors and medicine. According to canoe.com, Ellen never had any vaccination or medication until she turned 13. Note that research shows that immunization saves more than three million children’s lives every year.
11 Be Kind To The Planet (But Not To Your Staff)
Ellen's smile is contagious... But perhaps DeGeneres is not as nice as it seems. Insiders claim that Ellen’s cuddly TV persona is just a mask to hide her cold personality. According to nickiswift.com, Ellen treats her staff badly – DeGeneres doesn’t allow her employees to talk to her on set and doesn’t even brief them about the show.
10 Ellen And Portia Weren’t Open About Their Relationship
Surrounded by fame, fortune, and success, it seems that Ellen and Portia have the world at their feet. Note that the power couple tied the knot in 2008. However, according to dailymail.co.uk, the two weren’t open about their relationship as de Rossi wasn’t out yet. Portia once said, "I didn’t want to be a lesbian… I just thought they were strange and that they hated men."
9 Record Labels Sued DeGeneres’ Show
We all love seeing Ellen dance. Even when she fails to get permission for the songs she uses on her show. Giants like EMI, Sony Music, and Warner Music Group resorted to suing the show for permission for songs, such as Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and the Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations".
8 Being Married Can Be Hard
Ellen and Portia are one of the most famous and adorable gay couples in Hollywood and across the globe. The two went public with their love life in 2005 when same-sex partnerships were still stigmatized. Yet, being married can be hard! According to oprahmag.com, rumors of divorce began to circulate in 2014 and escalated this year. Is Ellen to blame?
7 Ellen And Her Unfunny Jokes
With her sense of humor and kind personality, it's no surprise Ellen is loved by many. Her jokes and pranks are so endearing, so one can’t help but smile when they watch her. Yet, an insider told nickiswift.com that when "the director would yell cut, [DeGeneres'] face would fall, and she'd level a glare at the writers… 'Why do you keep writing these unfunny jokes?'"
6 Keep Up With DeGeneres & The Kardashians
Keeping up with the Kardashians and their demands can be hard. Yet, the Kardashians keep appearing on the show and promoting their family dramas, beauty apps, and baby names. At the same time, according to nickiswift.com, DeGeneres wasn’t so nice to Caitlyn Jenner – Jenner said she felt burned by DeGeneres and her accusations.
5 Poker Brings Out Ellen’s Temper
Although Ellen is charming and funny, there’s one side we don’t see on TV – her passion for poker. An insider told radaronline.com that Ellen is like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde when facing poker chips, "the energy around the table was very tense. Ellen threw a tantrum and her screams echoed through the halls as frightened guests looked on in sheer disbelief."
4 Mind Your Language
From her early days to her daytime talk show, Ellen has always been known for her sweet jokes, kind attitude, and polite words. Yet, some people think that Ellen is a hypocrite. Susan Sarandon and Mark Ruffalo, for instance, didn’t believe her talk of kindness and slammed her friendship with certain prominent people.
3 Ellen Is Richer Than You Think
Ellen DeGeneres has built a whole empire on her jokes, laughter, and her ability to be relatable to her guests and audience. Yet, we - the common folk - can question how relatable DeGeneres is… making $294,000 a minute and $75 million a year. According to forbes.com, Ellen’s net worth is approximately $450 million.
2 The Celebs She’ll Never Have On Her Show
With her clean comedy and perky attitude, Ellen can make her guests feel comfortable and appreciated. Nevertheless, there are some celeb guests she will never have on her show. For example, according to nickiswift.com, Kelly Ripa felt betrayed after the "Queen of Nice" invited Michael Strahan to appear on her show in 2017.
1 Dance, Ellen, Dance!
Ellen’s passion for pranks and dancing is well-known. But, wait a second! Ellen doesn’t like dancing as much as her fans think. DeGeneres said that she regrets her beloved trademark moves on her show, "I'm not a dancer. I just danced as a joke. And then I danced the second day and the third day, and I was locked in."
Sources: Canoe.com, dailymail.co.uk, forbes.com, latimes.com, nickiswift.com, oprahmag.com, radaronline.com, time.come