Ellen DeGeneres is a woman of many talents. Going from stand up to acting to hosting a talk show, Ellen manages to bring comedy to whatever she does. It’s also what makes her a clear choice to host major awards shows such as The Grammys and The Oscars (Biography.com).
While her show Ellen has had major success, even in helping her get the Medal of Freedom, the popular talk show host has things she keeps on the down-low. Her show is family-friendly and appeals to mass audiences. If the public knew these facts about Ellen they might be less likely to watch the show and support her. Below we uncover things about Ellen’s life that probably wouldn’t make her audiences happy to find out about.
20 She’s A “Suck Up” Around Other Celebrities
Is there a popular celeb today that hasn’t been on Ellen? Her show always features top A-list stars from Chris Pratt to Kim Kardashian to Jennifer Lawrence.
Yet there may be a reason she’s always able to get the best celebs on. New Idea alludes to Ellen being a “suck up” to other celebs.
19 Her Photoshopped Image With Usain Bolt
Audiences might not always follow Ellen’s Twitter account, but if they did, they might not like what they see. CNN reports that Ellen released a doctored photo that shows her hitching a ride on Usain Bolt’s back.
“This is how I’m running errands from now on,” wrote Ellen as a caption to the photo. She ended up getting a lot of backlash on Twitter over it.
18 She and Portia De Rossi Dated In Secret
Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi are a power couple today, but their relationship wasn't always so open with the public.
According to Nicki Swift, the two started dating in 2004 but stayed hush-hush on their relationship. While it must have been hard in the early going, the two ultimately got married and have nothing to hide anymore.
17 Her Marriage Is On Rocky Ground
Take it with a grain of salt, but there have been rumors about Ellen and Portia’s marriage for a long time.
Sources such as OK! and In Touch have reported that the couple is on the verge of a split and going through a rough time. If true, it’s likely Ellen would want to keep the details under wraps (Gossip Cop).
16 She Doesn’t Want Kids
Take Portia’s word for it when it comes to kids. According to Portia in an interview with Out, Ellen and she seems perfectly content.
“So it’s just going to be me and Ellen and no babies,” she said. Ellen even once joked while on Today, “It’s too risky - what if I don’t like the kid?”
15 She Hosted High-Stakes Poker Games At Her Home
The daytime talk show host might be the last person others expect to host high-stakes poker games, but she’s apparently full of surprises.
Real Money Gambling reports that Ellen invited big celebs over to play poker for big money. She’s been able to maintain a squeaky clean image over the years, but this fact could upend audiences’ perception of her.
14 Her Parents Raised Her In Christian Science
Ellen’s upbringing wasn’t easy since her parents believed in Christian Science. “I was raised Christian Science,” said Ellen, who’s been completely open about what her parents believed and the way they brought her up.
It was a belief system that ultimately caused Ellen a lot of physical pain, which we reveal later on (Inquisitr).
13 She Never Got Vaccinated As A Child
One of the hardest parts of Ellen’s upbringing was that she never took medicine or saw doctors. This was all a result of her parents’ staunch belief in Christian Science.
“I split my knee open and my bone was exposed,” Ellen said when recalling a painful experience. This background could alienate many of her wholesome fans (Inquisitr).
Even though it seems like most celebs have had plastic surgery at one point or another, there’s still a stigma surrounding it.
Radar Online spoke with doctors in the business who believe Ellen has had laser skin treatments, Botox, fillers and more work done in order to look youthful at 61-years-old.
11 She Laid Into A Guest Who Stalled A Poker Game
Ellen hosting poker games wasn’t the only controversy to come out of these events. While there’s the possibility it’s just hearsay, a report claims she reamed a guest during a poker game.
The site Real Money Gambling notes she got upset at a guest who had trouble keeping with the pace of the game. In turn, Ellen didn’t hesitate to show her frustration.
10 Caitlyn Jenner Doesn’t Approve Of Her Views
Ellen had Caitlyn Jenner on her show but found that the two didn’t exactly see eye-to-eye when it came to gay marriage. “I’m older than most people in the audience,” Jenner said.
“I kind of like tradition, and it’s always been a man and a woman. I’m thinking, ‘I don’t quite get it’” (Entertainment Weekly).
9 Why She Sold Her $18 Million Home
Celebs put their houses up for sale all the time; it looked like business as usual when Ellen put her house up on the market for $18 million.
Yet according to Real Money Gambling, she did it as a result of her blowup during one of the poker games. Audiences might think she’s overreacting if word got out.
8 She Disgraced Someone Who Took Extra Swag Home
It’s common on talk shows for the host to give out complimentary swag. Yet fans should take gifts at their own discretion.
According to New Idea, Ellen not only exposed a woman who had taken more merchandise than permitted but even disgraced her in front of everyone, making her sit in "Ellen jail."
7 She’s Part Of The Mile High Club
Ellen is making bank. According to Forbes, she made $87.5 million in 2018. Ranker reports that she’s even part of the Mile High Club, suggesting she got it on while flying.
She revealed this while talking to Johnny Depp and Gwyneth Paltrow during a round of "Never Have I Ever.”
6 She Dated Someone With An STD
It's a lot more common than it seems. According to HIVPlusMag.com, 25 percent of Americans have an STD there’s no cure for.
While it’s speculative as to whether Ellen is living with an STD today, she did date Anne Heche, who the site Oh No They Didn’t claims does.
5 What She Did On Her First Date With Portia
Ellen and Portia’s first date wasn’t lavish as one would expect. It actually took place in a car. Without the facts, the public may jump to conclusions about what exactly went on, but it’s not what it seems.
According to Ellen when she was on Radio 1 DJ, they just drove around because they couldn’t be open about their relationship at the time (news.com.au).
4 She Got It On In A Car
Ellen has been open and honest about the more intimate details of her life. She might want to stay more tight-lipped on her past though if she wants to keep her viewers.
According to Ranker, she admitted to hooking up in a car once. Now, it makes one wonder whether it was on her and Portia’s first date?
3 She’s Over Daytime Television
In a revealing interview with The New York Times, Ellen shows a side audiences wouldn’t expect. She even alluded to the possibility of leaving her show despite all the success she’s had from it.
“I wanted to show all of me. The talk show is me, but I’m also playing a character of a talk-show host,” she shared with the source.
2 She Reminds Others She’s The Boss
She might present an amiable figure on her talk show, but Ellen is different behind the scenes.
According to New Idea, she’s not a pleasant boss to work for. From reports they gathered, New Idea notes that she gets upset over minor things and takes it out on staffers who work for her.
1 She’s Obsessed With Male Strippers
Dancing, games and celebrity interviews are commons occurrences on Ellen. There’s something else she has a soft spot for on her show though, and it’s male strippers.
Yet as Ranker points out, many think she has a full-blown obsession, which could rub a lot of her viewers the wrong way.
Sources: Nicki Swift, news.com.au, Gossip Cop, Out, Today, Inquisitr, Radar Online, Entertainment Weekly, Real Money Gambling, CNN, The New York Times, Ranker, Oh No They Didn't, HIVPlusMag.com, New Idea, Biography.com