Greyson Chance, the young musician who rose to fame after his YouTube-posted performance of Lady Gaga’s Paparazzi, went viral in April 2010 and was invited to perform on The Ellen DeGeneres Showsaid in a new interview that he felt traumatized by the way the host treated him.
“I’ve never met anyone more manipulative, self-centered, and blatantly opportunistic than she is,” he said. rolling stone in a story published Thursday, when he released his new album, Palladium.
Through a representative, DeGeneres declined to comment on the rolling stone interview or story from Yahoo Entertainment.
Chance, who is now 25, was just 12 when he became the hype of the internet. DeGeneres called a week later and he took his first plane ride from Oklahoma to Los Angeles, California, where he said DeGeneres assured him and his mother, Lisa, that they would “do this together.” The A-list star, who made a foray into the music business, introduced Chance to a whole team of people and, most importantly, signed him to her new music label, which was distributed by Interscope Geffen A&M Records.
But Chance told the magazine that DeGeneres became “dominant and way too controlling.” For example, she determined what he would and wouldn’t wear; no leather as she is vegan.
“She came in and looked at a rack, yelled at stylists, berated people in front of me and said, ‘This is what you wear on the show,'” Chance said. “She was just humiliating to people.”
In one case, the artist and his mother both said she verbally abused them both over the phone after he hadn’t seen the Justin Bieber documentary she asked him to see, even though he hadn’t watched it because he was tired of touring. .
Some of Chance’s words echo what employees of the former DeGeneres talk show claimed in a July 2020 report from BuzzFeed. they shouted Ellen a toxic workplace, where fear and intimidation were the norm. DeGeneres apologized on the show afterwards.
“I have learned that things have happened here that should never have happened. I take that very seriously and I want to say that I am very sorry for the people who were affected,” she said. “I know I’m in a position of privilege and power and I realize that comes with responsibility and I take responsibility for what happens on my show.”
Back in 2012, when Ellen was still up in the air, Chance’s sophomore album was bombed and ticket sales plummeted. He was dropped by the record label and by his team.
Then he said that DeGeneres had “completely abandoned him” and wouldn’t even call back.
‘I couldn’t catch her. I couldn’t talk to her,” Chance said. “When I came on the show, it was such a fake smile. She didn’t even ask, ‘How are you? How are you?’ It was like, ‘This is what we’re going to talk about. We’ll see you there.'”
But someone from her show got in touch with him at one point, as he appeared on it after he left the label. (In total, he was on DeGeneres’ stage 10 times over the years, twice after 2012, according to IMDb.) When he performed there in 2015, he said the two didn’t speak backstage at all. Still, he went back in 2019 to promote a new album, Portraits.
A show source pointed out that Chance had not filed any complaints at the time.
However, he said he was unhappy, especially on that last visit.
“She came out during the sound check and she looked at me, hugged me. And she said, ‘How are you?’ And that just killed me inside,” Chance said, “because I thought, ‘What do you mean, how the hell have I been? Where have you been?”
He didn’t appreciate her saying during their interview that she was proud of him for coming out as gay since they last spoke.
“She had nothing to do with that… [When I came out,] I hadn’t spoken to her in years,” he said. “That’s so messed up, you’re showing the world like we’re so close now. We are so good. And behind the scenes, you are this insanely manipulative person.”
Afterwards, Chance said that while he is grateful for what DeGeneres has done for him early in his career, he offers to be a part of Ellenthe last season. He knew the move meant less publicity, but he had to do it for his integrity.