Ellen DeGeneres Feud Rumors

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Ellen DeGeneres Feud Rumors

By Andrew Shuster |

Ellen DeGeneres Feud Rumors

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The tabloids frequently claim Ellen DeGeneres is feuding with other celebrities. Gossip Cop has debunked many of the talk show host’s supposed battles. Here are five wrong rumors on the subject.

Last August, Gossip Cop busted New Idea for making up a story about DeGeneres feuding with Reese Witherspoon because the actress was launching her own talk show. The magazine claimed the TV host was upset about the actress “muscling in on her market” and planned to retaliate by pressuring celebrities not to appear on Witherspoon’s show. The story made no sense. The actress’s talk show was simply a nine-part DirecTV series featuring interviews with female trailblazers. Witherspoon isn’t hosting a daytime show and never attempted to compete with DeGeneres. Meanwhile, the actress attended the talk show host’s 60th birthday party last year.

Gossip Cop also called out Life & Style last August for falsely claiming DeGeneres was “livid” over Kelly Clarkson getting her own talk show. The magazine maintained that the former “American Idol” star would be DeGeneres’ “direct competitor” and could end up “dethroning her as the queen of daytime TV.” We debunked the story as soon as it emerged and it’s since been proven laughably wrong. It was recently announced that Clarkson’s show will be airing on NBC as the lead-in to DeGeneres’ show. In February, the singer appeared on the talk show host’s show to talk about her upcoming gig.

In November 2017, Gossip Cop debunked a report claiming DeGeneres was “begging” Kelly Ripa for forgiveness after having Michael Strahan on her show. The magazine maintained that Ripa was “furious” with the talk show host for sitting down with her former “Live” co-host, who left the show to join “Good Morning America.” The outlet went on to say that DeGeneres became “remorseful” after learning that Ripa was upset and asked her to “bury the hatchet.” Sources close to both talk show hosts assured us at the time that the story was nonsense. Just a few months ago, Strahan once again appeared on DeGeneres’ show.

Gossip Cop busted RadarOnline in September 2017 for wrongly reporting that DeGeneres was headed for a “showdown” with Charlize Theron. According to the blog, the talk show host felt threatened by the actress working with her wife on the fifth season of “Arrested Development.” There was one major issue with the website’s story: Theron wasn’t involved in the fifth season of the series. Additionally, Theron appeared as a guest on DeGeneres’ talk show in February to promote her upcoming movie Long Shot.

And finally, Gossip Cop called out Life & Style in April 2017 for falsely claiming DeGeneres was feuding with Drew Barrymore over creative control of their reality series “First Dates,” which they were both producing. The tabloid alleged that the two women were at war behind the scenes and fighting over “just about every detail” of the show. There was no truth to the report. As is the case with all of the stories mentioned above, the passage of time has definitively disproved it. Just two months ago, Barrymore appeared as a guest on DeGeneres’ talk show.


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