All the details on Ellen DeGeneres' public fall from grace
Emily Ratajkowski, Swifties slam Ellen DeGeneres for resurfaced "f—ked up" Taylor Swift interview
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There was once a time when Ellen DeGeneres’ brand seemed like the only reliable one out there—after all, how could you go wrong with “be kind” as your motto and huge charity giveaways as your signature move?
Unfortunately, her position as “one of the good ones” only made her fall harder when numerous claims came out from current and former employees of ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show' in 2020 that revealed she and her eponymous show are not nearly as nice as they seemed. There were allegations of racism, bullying, sexual harassment, and assault on set, dealing a brutal blow to the host's reputation and suspected to be the real reason why the show ended in 2022.
But DeGeneres' fall from grace isn't over yet, as a resurfaced interview with Taylor Swift has gone viral for how the host pressured the musician, who was then in her early 20s, to confirm her relationships with celebrity men by ringing a bell while they showed photos of them on the screen. "Stop it, stop it, stop it!" Swift tells DeGeneres in the clip. "This makes me feel so bad about myself. Every time I come up here, you put a different dude up on the screen. It just makes me really question what I stand for as a human being."
Fans and fellow celebrities including Emily Ratajkowski were disgusted by the video—in which DeGeneres also calls Swift crazy and says "Yes you did" when Swift denies dating Zac Efron. "This is so f—ked up," the model commented on the TikTok video. "She's literally begging her to stop."
The video of the cringeworthy interview was stitched to include a more recent video of the singer talking to Zane Lowe about coverage of her love life. “When I was like 23, people were just kind of reducing me to—kind of making slideshows of my dating life and putting people in there that I’d sat next to at a party once and deciding that my songwriting was like a trick rather than a skill and a craft,” Swift told Lowe, though she didn't specifically name DeGeneres. “It’s a way to take a woman who is doing her job and succeeding at doing her job and making things, and it’s, in a way, it’s figuring out how to completely minimize that skill.”
Click through the gallery to find out Ellen DeGeneres' fall from grace all started, and how she came to the decision to exit the show.
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