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Ellen DeGeneres reiterates her slogan "Be kind to one another" at the end of her show. But her easy-going persona seems to hide when it comes to these A-listers. What was it for? Let's check it out.
The reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner once irritated DeGeneres on her show. Jenner said that she felt it hard to understand same-sex marriage but she accepted it because she wasn't willing to stop anyone from finding happiness. DeGeneres wasn't satisfied with the doubtful acceptance and censured Jenner for her judgment about homosexuality on The Howard Stern Show.
Like Jenner, funnywoman Sherri Shepherd also once made controversial comments on homosexuality, reading "...homosexuality is a sin; you're going to hell if you're a homosexual..." And since then the regular guest has never appeared on the Ellen Show again, even though she later apologized for the remarks.
The banned stars are not always the ones to blame. The Cabaret star Liza Minnelli is an example. When DeGeneres was the host of Oscars in 2014, she joked that Minnelli seemed to be wearing drag. Minnelli didn't think it funny and said, "It went a little astray." The incident ruined the two's relations.
In fact, it was Vince Vaughn's role that incurred the ban from the popular host. In 2011, his role in the comedy, The Dilemma, had the line, "Electric cars are gay. I mean, not homosexual, but my-parents-are-chaperoning-the-dance gay." The line put on Ellen's blacklist.
Kelly Ripa's feud with Ellen started in 2017 when Ellen invited her former co-host Michael Strahan to her show. But it still upset Ripa that Strahan left Live! a year ago and went on to host Good Morning America. And she even assumed that Ellen was on his side despite DeGeneres trying to make amends.
Ellen and Elton John's rift dates back to 1997 when the host disclosed her sexual orientation. Indeed DeGeneres put herself in headlines all over the world. But singer Elton John seemed uncomfortable with the repeated topic and once said: "Shut up already. We know you're gay. Be funny."
Though Ellen has become the reigning queen of daytime chat shows, her fellow Wendy Williams has been challenging her position ever since Williams started to host The Wendy Williams in 2008. Plus, when Williams was on Ellen Show in 2015, Ellen made use of her chance to mention many of Williams' controversial words. After that, the two competitors could never be friends.
Drew Barrymore and Ellen might not see each other anymore because of an unpleasant encounter on the NBC show First Dates. As the program's narrator, the film star believed she should lead the team because most audiences watched the show for her, but apparently, Ellen disagreed.
In October 2019, the host was seen with George W. Bush at an NFL game, a man who had been against gay marriage and involved in the Iraq War. After being fiercely criticized, DeGeneres defended herself on her show, "I'm friends with a lot of people who don't share the same beliefs that I have. We're all different." John Cusack commented in a tweet that DeGeneres was "normalizing a mass murderer."
DeGeneres always gushes over how kindness can make the world a better place, but Mark Ruffalo seemed not to take their "friendship" as anything close to goodness. In October 2019, Ruffalo also shared an eloquent tweet that we can't even start to talk about kindness before Bush is punished for his wrongdoings.
Jameela Jamil also joined the Twitter debate. The British actress admitted that she knew little about Bush's notoriety before the incident. But she could understand why American people were furious when they found DeGeneres had become his friend after learning so much on Twitter.
The Shawshank Redemption star must agree with Jamil. Tim Robbins also found it unacceptable that DeGeneres had made peace with the former president, who lives in "an elite bubble" and has never taken responsibility for his actions.
Susan Sarandon also thought that DeGeneres took the whole thing too lightly. The actress seemed to remind the host that it's not just about the political differences, but the ignorance of crime.
The host's peer Kathy Griffin had a feud with her because Ellen didn't appreciate Griffin's friend Joan Rivers as a good comedian. Their relations worsened after DeGeneres didn't attend Rivers' tribute show, and even commented on the late entertainer: "There's a difference between mean and funny." The remark led to some verbal fights between the two.
The pair's story is much more embarrassing. Dakota Johnson was once the famous host's friend and she invited Ellen to her birthday party in 2019, but the comedian didn't show up at the party. After that, Johnson even asked why she hadn't come on Ellen Show, and DeGeneres seemed to be quite flustered but finally managed to find an excuse, "Oh, yeah! I had that thing…"
This guy is a little bit different. Ellen's show didn't book Jamar Rogers because he criticized a homophobe that had been invited on her show. In 2019 Rogers tweeted DeGeneres and blasted her for allowing the comedian Kevin Hart, who had made homophobic comments years ago, to be a guest on her talk show in 2019.
Piers Morgan didn't appear on the daytime show due to his criticism of DeGeneres' tweet photo. The jocular host once tweeted, "Happy birthday, @KatyPerry! It's time to bring out the big balloons!" People would have taken it as a reference to Perry's song Birthday if DeGeneres hadn't attached a picture, in which she was looking at the singer's bosom with her mouth open.
Gospel singer Kim Burrell made a mistake similar to some of the other mentioned celebrities. Her insulting words about gay people on a Facebook live disrupted her schedule to perform her part in the Hidden Figures soundtrack on the Ellen Show.
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