Ellen DeGeneres, an American comedian, and widely recognized talk show host has been known for reminding her viewers to be kind to one another. While on the other hand, she has often been called out for her mean behavior, people who have worked with her had often considered her rude. Her former protégée, Greyson Chance has recently accused the TV host of being manipulative in an interview.
Greyson Chance Bashed Ellen DeGeneres for Being Manipulative and Self-Centered
The 25-year-old musician, Greyson Chance was a former protégée of the comedian Ellen DeGeneres has slammed the latter for being “manipulative” in a recent Rolling Stone interview. Sharing about the events in his life and career, he was overwhelmed when DeGeneres featured him on her then-long-running talk show in May 2010 when the former was just 12 years old.
“We just couldn’t believe what was happening,” Chance shared. “We were so unsure of what we were getting into, and the person that helped cure all of that skepticism and chaotic energy was Ellen.”
He landed at the show after a viral video of him singing Lady Gaga’s hit Paparazzi caught the world’s attention. He recalled how the 64-year-old celebrity host promised to “protect” him stating, “I’m going to protect you. I’m going to be here for you. We’re going to do this together.”
The Oklahoma-born performer shared that the comedian made him the first signee to her record label eleveneleven shortly after the musician appeared on her show. He claimed, “I’ve never met someone more manipulative, more self-centered, and more blatantly opportunistic than her.”
He shared that the TV host “became domineering and way too controlling” reminiscing about 2010’s mini EP and his touring schedules that became quite demanding.
Ellen DeGeneres’ Former Protégée Greyson Chance Became Her Pawn
According to the musician, he recalled an event when the TV host slammed his mother when he failed to watch Justin Bieber’s documentary Never Say Never. The singer claimed that the comedian wanted him to shape his career like that of the famous pop star.
Recalling the same, he shared that the actress allegedly told his mother, “What type of mother are you?” sharing, “Disappointed isn’t even remotely what I’m feeling right now.”
At that instant, he recalled stating to himself, “OK, I’m a pawn in your game.” Not only that, but she also degraded other people claiming, “She would come in and look at a rack, yell at stylists, berate people in front of me and say, ‘This is what you’re wearing on the show,’” he added. “She was just degrading to people.”
He described that the set was a “place for active trauma” for the musician.
Source: Rolling Stone