Ellen DeGeneres got called out by Elton John and Liza Minelli on two different occasions.
Over two decades ago, Ellen DeGeneres came out as a lesbian. However, the Ellen Show host faced a backlash following her shocking admission.
There was so much talk surrounding Portia de Rossi’s wife after DeGeneres came out as a lesbian. And the comedian acknowledged the fact that everyone grew tired of hearing about her.
DeGeneres also graced the cover of Time magazine and a primetime special with Oprah Winfrey and Diane Sawyer. After more stories about DeGeneres coming out made headlines, John, reportedly, became increasingly tired of all of them.
“Even Elton John said, ‘Shut up already. We know you’re gay. Be funny,’” DeGeneres said.
The funny woman said that she was surprised to receive such a comment from John, who is openly gay. And to make things worse, they have not met each other.
DeGeneres also said that she was hurt because everyone assumed that she wants to constantly talk about her coming out.
Ellen DeGeneres makes fun of Liza Minelli
Years later, DeGeneres upset Minelli. In 2014, the Finding Nemo voice actress hosted the Oscars. During her opening monologue, DeGeneres teased Minelli.
“Hello to the best Liza Minelli impersonator I’ve ever seen. Good job, sir,” Ellen DeGeneres said as the cameras panned to Minelli.
The host was seemingly trying to make fun of the singer’s appearance at the awards show. And after the event, Minelli shared her thoughts with TMZ.
“I think [DeGeneres] thought it would be funny. But she never stopped after she said it and said, ‘my friend, Liza Minelli,’” Minelli said.
However, the singer still gave DeGeneres the benefit of the doubt.
“I think it went a little astray on her and I don’t think she meant any harm at all,” Minelli said.
Drew Barrymore, Reese Witherspoon allegedly feuding with DeGeneres
Meanwhile, there are also rumors that DeGeneres has been feuding with Drew Barrymore and Reese Witherspoon.
“Ellen and Drew are a case of oil and water. Ellen expected to be the one calling the shots, but Drew thinks she should have creative control because she’s the movie star people are tuning in to see,” the source said.
As for Witherspoon, she was, allegedly, supposed to headline the talk show Shine On With Reese, and Ellen DeGeneres was threatened. However, the show didn’t push through.