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So much for “be kind to one another.”
The Twittersphere has been less than sympathetic toward Ellen DeGeneres after learning the talk show host is ending her 19-season run soon.
On Wednesday, the 63-year-old comedian announced “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” will wrap up in 2022 because “it’s just not a challenge anymore.”
Some laughed off DeGeneres’ explanation in the wake of her show’s toxic workplace scandal. Writer Sylvia Obell, for example, wrote in a viral tweet, “Now Ellen know damn well this ain’t the reason lol.”
BuzzFeed deputy director of breaking news David Mack, meanwhile, quipped, “ellen is retiring to spend more time with george w bush,” pointing to the 2019 football game that the TV personality controversially attended with the conservative former U.S. president.
Most social media users, though, brought up one particular moment in DeGeneres’ career that appeared to have been the start of the comedian’s downfall.
In 2019, DeGeneres tried to call out Dakota Johnson on her show for not inviting her to the “Fifty Shades of Grey” star’s birthday party. Johnson famously replied, “Actually, no, that’s not the truth, Ellen,” and what ensued next was an awkward (but perfect-for-TV) exchange as the pair bantered about what really happened.
Following DeGeneres’ bombshell announcement on Wednesday, podcast host Bridget Todd tweeted, “it will NEVER not be funny to me that Ellen’s public downfall started when she lied about not being invited to Dakota Johnson’s party, when in reality she couldnt come because she was at a football game with her good friend George W Bush.”
Another Twitter user echoed, “dakota johnson has done more for society by ending ellen degeneres than most of your faves have in their careers and it shows.”
A third person shadily quoted the aforementioned interview, writing, “ellen degeneres: ‘I’m ending show because it’s not a challenge anymore.’ dakota johnson: ‘Actually, no, that’s not the truth, Ellen.’”
The public’s less-than-friendly response may not come as a surprise the beloved-turned-beleaguered Emmy winner has faced multiple accusations of unkind behavior and bullying over the past year.
DeGeneres, who has repeatedly apologized for the behind-the-scenes drama at her show, denied on Wednesday that she was ending “Ellen” over the allegations.
“If I was quitting the show because of that, I wouldn’t have come back this season,” she told the Hollywood Reporter. “So, it’s not why I’m stopping.”
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