Greyson Chance is tired of giving Ellen DeGeneres second chances.
In 2010, when the singer was in sixth grade, a video of his high school performance of Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” went viral on YouTube. It quickly became an online sensation.
DeGeneres quickly got hold of the footage, asked him to appear on a daytime talk show, hooked him up with industry executives, and got him signed to her record label in less than a year.
However, in an interview with Rolling Stone published Thursday, the 25-year-old singer-songwriter revealed that superstar glory and fame suddenly vanished as DeGeneres took charge of his career.
“My whole week, my whole month, my whole year could change [with] one text message from her,” he said. “That was horrible.”
After joining the DeGeneres label, Chance said she started becoming “domineering and way too controlling,” making decisions for him with everything, like his stage outfits.
“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 told the outlet. “She was just degrading to people.”
Chance also told Rolling Stone that after his EP failed in 2012, DeGeneres “completely abandoned” him and stopped taking phone calls. Altogether, the label dropped him that same year.
He later released his own music independently and made several appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show until 2019, but Chance indicated that his encounter with the host had become a little less friendly.
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No Chance Anymore
Recalling his last appearance on the show, Chance referred to the studio as a “place of active trauma” and criticized DeGeneres for talking about his sexuality during their interview.
“[When I came out,] I hadn’t spoken to her in years… That’s so messed up that you’re now showing the world as if we’re so tight. We’re so good,” Chance stated. “And behind the scenes, you are this insanely manipulative person.”
Chance’s claims about DeGeneres directly contradict her previously clean public image and “Be kind” motto. But the singer is not the only person to slam her closed-door behavior.
In 2020, former and current Ellen workers rebuked the show for promoting a “toxic work environment” with racism, intimidation, and fear. As a result, an internal probe occurred, three execs exited the show, and DeGeneres issued apologies to her staff many times.
And in May 2021, DeGeneres revealed that her show would come to an end following its 19th season. The last episode was released in May of this year.
Chance told Rolling Stone that Ellen showrunners urged him to go back to the show one last time on the final season. However, he rejected the offer.
“How in the world am I supposed to sit down and say I’m so thankful and let her take that moment?” he asked.
Chance further said, “I couldn’t do that. So, I turned down a national-TV gig on the eve of an album release, which is probably not a smart thing to do, but I had to do it for my integrity.”
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