Greyson Chance says Ellen DeGeneres ‘completely abandoned him’

Greyson Chance says Ellen DeGeneres ‘completely abandoned him’

Greyson Chance is criticizing Ellen DeGeneres.  (Photo: Getty Images)

Greyson Chance is criticizing Ellen DeGeneres. (Photo: Getty Images)

Greyson Chance, the young musician who rose to fame after his YouTube performance of Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” went viral in April 2010 and was invited to appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Showsaid in a new interview that he felt traumatized by the way the host treated him.

“I’ve never met someone more manipulative, self-centered, and opportunistic than her,” he said. Rolling Stone in a story published on Thursday, as he releases his new album, Palladium.

Through a representative, DeGeneres declined to comment on behalf of the Rolling Stone interview or Yahoo Entertainment story.

Chance, who is now 25, was only 12 when he came to the forefront of the internet. DeGeneres called a week later, and took his first plane ride from Oklahoma to Los Angeles, California where he said DeGeneres assured him and his mother, Lisa, that they were “going to do this together.” The A-list star, who was smashing the music business, set Chance up with a whole cast of people and, more importantly, signed him to her new music label, distributed by Interscope Geffen A&M Records.

But Chance told the magazine that DeGeneres “became domineering and over-controlling.” For example, she ordered what he wore, and what he didn’t wear; no leather, as she is vegan.

“She would come in and look at a rack, yell at stylists, insult people in front of me and say, ‘This is what you’re wearing on the show,'” Chance said. “She was just degrading to people.”

In one case, the performer and his mother said she teased them both on the phone, after he failed to watch the Justin Bieber documentary she asked him to watch, when he hadn’t. because it was. tired from touring.

Some of Chance’s words echo what employees of DeGeneres’ former talk show alleged in a July 2020 report from BuzzFeed. They called Ellen a toxic workplace, where fear and intimidation were the norm. DeGeneres later apologized for the show.

“I learned that things happened here that should never have happened. I take that very seriously and I want to say that I am so sorry for the people who were affected,” she said. “I know I’m in a position of privilege and power and I understand that with that comes responsibility and I take responsibility for what happens at my show.”

Back in 2012, when Ellen still on the air, Chance’s second album bombed and ticket sales declined. The record label and his staff fell with him.

That’s when he said DeGeneres “completely” abandoned him and wouldn’t even return his calls.

“I couldn’t hold her. I couldn’t talk to her,” Chance said. “Whenever I would come on the show, it was such a fake smile. She wouldn’t even ask, ‘How are you? How are you standing up?’ He was just like, ‘This is what we’re going to talk about. We’ll see you there.'”

But someone from his show contacted him at some point, because he appeared on it after he left the label. (In all, he’s been on DeGeneres’ stage 10 times over the years, twice after 2012, according to IMDb.) When he performed there in 2015, he said the two never spoke backstage be. Still, he went back in 2019 to promote a new album, Portraits.

A show source revealed that Chance had made no complaint at the time.

He said he was unhappy, however, especially on that last visit.

“She came out during sound check and looked at me, hugged me. And she said, ‘How have you been?’ And that just killed me inside,” Chance said, “because I was like, ‘What do you mean how was I? Where were you?’

He didn’t understand her saying during their interview that she was proud of being gay since the last time they spoke.

“She had nothing to do with that. … [When I came out,] I hadn’t spoken to her in years,” he said. “It’s so crowded, you’re showing the world now because we’re so tight. We are that good. And behind the scenes, you’re this crazy manipulative person.”

Afterward, Chance said that while he’s grateful for what DeGeneres did for him early in his career, he turned down offers to be a part of it Ellenfinal season. He knew the move meant less publicity, but he had to do it for his integrity.

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