Ellen DeGeneres does not run an underground celebrity poker game during which she bullies the other stars at the table, despite a ridiculous report. Gossip Cop can exclusively debunk this story. We’re told it’s not true.
“Poker-Loving Ellen’s House Full Of Horrors” reads a headline in the latest issue of the National Enquirer. The accompanying article says DeGeneres hosts high-stakes poker tournaments for A-listers at her home, but acts like a mean “casino pit boss” during the games. An alleged insider tells the magazine that the talk show host’s famous friends such as Amy Schumer, Chelsea Handler and Olivia Munn often attend the matches, but are secretly “terrified” of the TV personality.
As the story goes, DeGeneres is fun and bubbly when everyone arrives, but gets “very dark” once the game begins. According to the outlet’s supposed source, DeGeneres “started raging” at one guest who didn’t have enough money to contribute to the high-stakes pot. “Ellen threw a tantrum, and her screams echoed through the halls as frightened guests looked on in sheer disbelief,” says the questionable tipster, who goes on to say that the player fled DeGeneres’ house to escape her wrath.
The suspicious source further contends that a few other celebrity guests “have even quit because of her behavior” and are “trying to organize people willing to confront Ellen about her dictatorial ways.” But Gossip Cop checked in with a source close to the situation, who dismissed the tabloid’s report as total “nonsense.” We’re assured that DeGeneres simply doesn’t run a secret poker ring at her house.
The only remotely truthful aspects of the magazine’s story are that DeGeneres plays poker with other celebrities and occasionally invites friends over to play. The talk show host’s wife, Portia de Rossi, recently revealed she gave DeGeneres playing cards for Valentine’s Day. However, DeGeneres isn’t a “pit boss” who runs a secret high-stakes tournament for celebrities. The publication’s account of events is simply absurd. Unfortunately, that didn’t stop the Enquirer‘s sister outlet, RadarOnline, from publishing this phony story online as well.
It’s worth noting, this isn’t the first time we’ve had to correct a bogus story alleging that DeGeneres has a bad temper. We previously busted a tabloid for falsely claiming that the talk show host was mean to her staff and got into “violent fights” with her wife. This latest article surrounding a nonexistent celebrity poker ring is equally untrue.
Gossip Cop believes there to be elements of truth, but the story is ultimately misleading.