Ellen DeGeneres said in a statement that she wanted to continue to develop, support, and support young talent rather than judge them and potentially hurt their feelings. Now, a young singer she took under her wing at the time claims that she experienced just the opposite with DeGeneres, calling her insanely manipulative.
Greyson Chance Says DeGeneres Abandoned Him
Greyson Chance spoke with Rolling Stone on September 22, 2022, in which he said DeGeneres promised to be his guardian and mentor in the entertainment business. Rather, he says working with her was traumatizing.
Chance, a 12-year-old kid who was singing the Lady Gagas hit Paparazzi in a talent show, was enticed from Oklahoma to Los Angeles by the producers of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. DeGeneres surprised him with $10,000 and a new piano, but behind the scenes she promised him more.
DeGeneres formed her own record label called eleveneleven with Interscope Geffen A&M Records, which signed Chance as her first artist. She told Rolling Stone that she's going to protect you. We're going to do this together.
DeGeneres was incredibly supportive and engaged at first, according to him, hiring top-level executives who had previously worked with Lady Gaga and Madonna. She also hired him a full-time booking agent, a publicist, and a brand agent, too.In October 2010, just five months after signing with her new label, the teen released a mini EP of songs and went on the road in the United States and Canada as well as in London and Paris.
DeGeneres was really invested, but he also became dominant and way too controlling, according to Chance.
Chance admitted to Rolling Stone that she has never met anyone more manipulative, self-centered, or more blatantly opportunistic.
DeGeneres often berated people, according to Chance.Including his mom
Chance gave examples of when he thought DeGeneres was too controlling, such as when she saw a preview video of an upcoming network performance. She didn't like it, he said, so he and the team had to completely recreate it.
He said that if she had an opinion of some sort, the whole situation would change, depending on the demand. It was a nightmare, according to him.
DeGeneres would go through his clothes and be a bit controlling about what the little one was wearing. One rule was that he could never wear leather due to DeGeneres' commitment to veganism.
Chance would come in and stare at a rack, yell at stylists, berate people in front of me, and say, This is what youre wearing on the show, as she was. She was just being rude to people.
Chance received an advance copy of the Never Say Never documentary on Justin Bieber, who was a friend of the comedian, while attending the Miranda Cosgroves tour. DeGeneres wanted Chance to see it so that he could model his career after Biebers, but the tween said he was too tired from touring to watch right away.
Chance told Rolling Stone of the instant DeGeneres called his mother about the Justin Bieber video. I just remember hearing on the other side of the phone, just yelling (and) beratement: What kind of mother are you? Do you realize that I went out of my way to make this for you, and he cant sit down and watch it?
Lisa recalls that day as well. I don't remember exactly what she said, but she was berating.
Chance claims that DeGeneres' On-Air Concern For Him Was False
Chances' music and concert attendance began to dwindle in 2012. In November, he released his second album on the eleveneleven record label, Truth Be Told, Part 1, but when it failed, he said DeGeneres completely abandoned him.
Chance told Rolling Stone that he tried to reach DeGeneres, but she never called back. He eventually decided to quit the music business for a while and concentrate on school.
DeGeneres had invited him via producers to appear on her program several more times, implying that they still had a great connection on-air.
He said, whenever I would talk on the program, it was a fake smile. She would not even ask, How are you doing? How are you holding up? It was like, Here's what we're going to talk about. Good day to you on the show.
Chance appeared on the program in 2019, which he described as a place of active trauma for me, knowing it would be good exposure for his first album in years, called Portraits. He enjoyed her happy sarcasm, but it felt unauthentic.
I can see so much anxiety when I look at the interviews and I look at my eyes, and I can just see so much PTSD because Im there holding on for dear life going, I need this television job, Chance said. I was 100 percent faking it, and (I felt) she was 100 percent faking it with me.
DeGeneres resentfully expressed his gratitude to him for publicly declaring that she was gay two years prior.
He said she had nothing to do with it. I hadn't spoken to her in years. You're now displaying the world as if you're so good. Were so good. And behind the scenes, you're an insanely manipulative person.
Chance, who is now 25, was clearly hurt by the entire experience, enough to make him refuse to sing one last time during the final two weeks of her show in May 2022. His mom, however, said she has come to realize that DeGeneres is a master of none.
Ellen is a businesswoman. She will put an end to something if it does not go to plan in her interest, according to Rolling Stone. Its not warm and fuzzy. I do not believe she invited people to become a part of her life or take someone under her wing like she did if she wanted to see something come out of it. If it wasnt fast enough for her, she would shut us out.
Emily Luther, who DeGeneres also signed to her record label, was also interviewed by Rolling Stone, along with Luther's friend and now music sensation Charlie Puth, who said the star let her and her family down.
Luther said of DeGeneres that she wants to be the one who gets the glory.
Puth, who left DeGeneres' record label within a year of signing with her, did not appear in the Rolling Stone story, but he appeared on one of her last shows, during which she took credit for discovering him.
I say it all the time, when I found you, she told him on the program. I am so grateful for your whole career.
Puth smiled unenthusiastically as he looked at the audience. Handclap for her. She did it.
In May 2022, DeGeneres left her show after 19 years, two years after BuzzFeed exposed allegations of harassment and misconduct on her set, and her ratings plummeted, but she has not publicly refuted the claims made by Chances.