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Posted Friday 1/18/19 at 7:23AM EST
Eric Stonestreet stumbled into an Ellen prank featuring Michael Bublé while shopping at a market
Bublé was trying to prank shoppers while working as a cashier, but it was him who was left surprised when the Modern Family star and his girlfriend showed up at his register. ALSO: Bublé is starring in a Super Bowl ad for Bubly sparking water.
Posted Saturday 1/12/19 at 7:05AM EST
Sarah Hyland reveals she had suicidal thoughts amid her health struggles
The Modern Family star told Ellen DeGeneres she was “very, very, very close” to taking her own life following a series of surgeries. "It ended up being myself that got me out of that,” she said. "I had to do it on my own. I told myself I had to do it on my own.”
Posted Saturday 1/05/19 at 3:04AM EST
Don Lemon gets emotional on CNN while discussing Kevin Hart's Ellen interview
“For many in the gay community, especially in the black community, the Twitter apologies on Ellen have fallen flat,” Lemon said on his CNN show, pointing out reactions calling the talk show moment “insincere” and that Hart “somehow turns himself into a victim instead of acknowledging the real victims of violent and sometimes deadly homophobia.” Lemon added: “Someone like Kevin Hart, with one of the biggest megaphones in the entire world, he can be a leader … he can help change homophobia in the black community, something Kevin’s old Twitter jokes addressed but in the wrong way."
- Ellen's decision to offer Hart absolution was "sickening": "When the most famous and beloved gay person in America congratulates an equally famous and wealthy person on ignoring queer people hurt by his violent and homophobic rhetoric, she is abdicating her responsibility to the people she claims to care so much about—the 'kids (who) are killed for being gay or beaten up every day,' as she described them in Friday’s episode," says Christina Cauterucci. "DeGeneres could have used the interview to help Hart engage in a deep, complicated reckoning with his biases and his aversion to taking accountability for them. Instead, she echoed his repeated claims that the criticism of his homophobia was a 'malicious attack' on his person and his career, as if there weren’t good reason to be disturbed by the remarks the 'haters' brought up."
- GLAAD issues a terse response to Hart's Ellen appearance: "From when this news first broke, GLAAD said Kevin Hart should not step down from the Oscars, he should step up and send an unequivocal message of acceptance to LGBTQ youth that matches the force and impact of his initial anti-LGBTQ remarks"
- Ellen's treatment of Hart was an embarrassing instance of clueless celebrity overreach — and sent a toxic message to the black LGBTQ community
- It was shocking to see Ellen throw her weight behind Hart's self-victimization
- Their conversation wasn't between a gay comedian and a straight one: "It's between one insulated celebrity and another, bonding over what they have in common"
- Who died and made Ellen gay pope?: "Really, no single person is qualified to offer the forgiveness of all of queer America," says Drew Goins. "But a white cisgender woman who is widely beloved and obscenely wealthy to boot is particularly ill-suited to try to muster such papal authority. For DeGeneres to think herself licensed to dispense this pass to Hart suggests that the only real indulgence here is her own."
- Ellen telling Hart "don't let those people win" was a diss of the LGBTQ community: "In one breath she went from articulating the legitimate gripes of gay folks to dismissing all of them as haters and losers," says Spencer Kornhaber. "This is how discourse short-circuits, how reasonable calls to show some empathy get hijacked into tribal warfare and incoherent rhetoric about “mob mentality.” It’s simply true that real people, not amorphous axe-grinding masses, are hurt by attitudes like the ones Hart expressed in his jokes."
Posted Friday 1/04/19 at 6:29PM EST
Did Kevin Hart really apologize for his homophobic jokes years ago, as he claimed on Ellen?
Splitsider's Megh Wright investigated Hart's claim on Ellen that "I've apologized for" his homophobic jokes in the past, and couldn't find any evidence of any kind of apology. "To be clear, Hart has addressed, or at least acknowledged, the criticism about his homophobic material — or his thoughts on homophobic material in general — a handful of times over the past five years or so," says Wright. "Even taking into account his tweet from a month ago, it’s simply inaccurate to say that Hart has apologized for or sincerely reckoned with it in a meaningful way until his Ellen interview, when he acknowledged publicly that it was 'wrong.' But for Hart to couch his statements with insistence that his apologies already happened long ago in some easily Googled article or clip — and more, for DeGeneres to perpetuate that claim — shows that Hart has no intention of truly owning up to, and evolving from, his past mistakes."
Posted Friday 1/04/19 at 1:41PM EST
Kevin Hart's apology for his past homophobic jokes got lost in baseless conspiracy theorizing, egged on by Ellen DeGeneres
"Hart’s apology at the top of the interview is, despite his protests otherwise, the first of its kind," says Caroline Framke of Hart's interview on Ellen in which she urged him to reconsider returning as Oscars host. "Had the interview been left there, it might have made some sense," says Framke. "But DeGeneres then opened the door to the idea that Hart’s critics were en masse nothing but 'haters' who were picking on Hart simply because they could....For someone who wasn’t paying close attention to the backlash, this maybe sounds reasonable. The internet is absolutely prone to stumbling into snowballing arguments, often overwhelming reason with sheer volume of passion. But with Hart, that was categorically not the case. Hart got blowback from the LGBTQ community and beyond because he had made violent homophobic 'jokes' and had thus far failed to meaningfully reckon with them. He got more heat when he insisted that he had already apologized, when in fact he had only ever acknowledged the jokes in passing." It wasn't a conspiracy that the old homophobic jokes re-emerged after he was picked to host the Oscars. "It came back into focus because hosting the Oscars is one of the most prominent jobs in entertainment, and he was therefore bound to be under a sharper microscope than ever before," says Framke. "(Hart also seems to misunderstand Twitter on a basic level: no one needs to comb through his 40,000 tweets to find insensitivity when they can just use the search bar for '@KevinHart4Real + [a slur].)" Framke adds: "If he gets the job back, it won’t be because he’s convinced his detractors that he actually cares about gay people. It’ll be because he spun a story about vicious trolls going after him for no good reason. It might be a compelling enough angle to convince DeGeneres and her audience, but even if it manages to sway the Academy, it still won’t actually be true."
- Ellen avoided a necessary, meaningful conversation with Hart: "Both DeGeneres and Hart, in this conversation, were in positions of power to create a tangible change in our culture about responsibility, liability, humor, acceptance, and harm," says Kevin Fallon. "...It should have been the teaching moment so many were waiting for. How is it possible then that they both made the situation worse?"
- Ellen can't accept an apology on behalf of an entire community
- Ellen should've at least challenged Hart a little bit
- Ellen seemingly responds to the backlash, tweeting: "However you feel about this, the only positive way through it is to talk about it. Thank you for being here, @KevinHart4real."y
- Celebrities have mostly been quiet in reaction to Ellen's support of Hart
Posted Friday 1/04/19 at 1:41PM EST
Kevin Hart ruled out returning as Oscars host shortly before his Ellen interview
“Would I ever do it? No, it’s done. It’s done,” Hart told Variety on Thursday, hours before he said on Ellen DeGeneres' show that he would reconsider after she vouched for him to the Academy. “The moment came and it was a blessing and I was excited at the opportunity and I still am. In my mind I got the job, it was a dream job, and things came up that simply prohibited it from happening. But I don’t believe in going backwards.”
Posted Friday 1/04/19 at 3:03AM EST
Kevin Hart is "evaluating" returning as Oscars host after Ellen called the Academy to vouch for him
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
On Thursday, Ellen DeGeneres sat down with Hart for an "incredible and honest conversation" that is scheduled to air Friday. In the emotional hourlong interview, Hart discussed the backlash to his past homophobic jokes and his decision to drop out as Oscar host. Ellen tweeted clips of the interview Thursday night, saying she believes in forgiveness and believes in Hart. And Ellen, who hosted the Oscars in 2007 and 2014, revealed to Hart she called the Academy because she wanted him to host. "I called them," she said. "I said, 'Kevin’s on, I have no idea if he wants to come back and host, but what are your thoughts?' And they were like, 'Oh my God, we want him to host! We feel like that maybe he misunderstood or it was handled wrong. Maybe we said the wrong thing but we want him to host. Whatever we can do we would be thrilled. And he should host the Oscars.'" The Academy has yet to respond to Ellen's version of events. But Hart later said he would "assess" whether he'll reprise his role as Oscar host, which he quit a month ago after two days. "Leaving here, I promise you, I'm evaluating this conversation," said Hart. "This is a conversation I needed to have, I'm glad that I had it here, and I'm glad that it was as authentic and real as I could have hoped that it would be. So let me assess, just to sit in this space and really think, and you and I will talk before anything else." Ellen also revealed she had been speaking to Hart about hosting the Oscars since she hosted for the second time in 2014. “As a gay person, I am sensitive to all of that," she said of his homophobic jokes controversy. "You’ve already expressed that it's not being educated on the subject, not realizing how dangerous those words are, not realizing how many kids are killed for being gay or beaten up every day. You have grown, you have apologized, you are apologizing again right now. You’re done it. Don’t let those people win — host the Oscars.” UPDATE: Ellen is facing a backlash for calling Hart's critics "haters" and "trolls."
Posted Thursday 1/03/19 at 5:07AM EST
Kevin Hart is reportedly scheduled to visit Ellen on Monday
According to The Daily Beast's Matt Wilstein, Hart will make his first talk show appearance since he dropped out of hosting the Oscars on Monday's Ellen show. The appearance is notable since Ellen DeGeneres is gay and Hart dropped out of hosting over the controversy over his old homophobic tweets.
Posted Tuesday 12/18/18 at 8:38PM EST
Ellen DeGeneres' first special in 15 years is at its best when she grapples with her celebrity status
"Ellen is flexing" in her Netflix special Relatable, says Kathryn VanArendonk "Who can blame her? Why get tripped up on whether or not she’s still relatable when she is very, very good at her job, as demonstrated quite succinctly by her overwhelming résumé? It’s a masterful opening gambit for her first stand-up special since 2003: It begins with a simplistic image of her absurd affluence, and it ends with a finger in the eye to anyone who would suggest she’s no longer real enough to be funny. Why would I care whether you think I’m still relatable, she asks, when there is overwhelming, impressive proof that I’m amazing? Not all of Ellen DeGeneres: Relatable is that sharp, carefully crafted, or, frankly, as interesting. As she moves into the middle of the hour, DeGeneres uses a few bits that feel directly imported from a monologue on Ellen, especially in a section that shows short clips of animals being goofy, or a riff on unnecessary pharmaceuticals." VanArendonk adds: "The sharpest, most deeply felt material comes when DeGeneres instead grapples with her feelings about her celebrity status, and the simultaneous gift and burden of her role as a daytime talk show host."
- Ellen DeGeneres leans into her comically privileged existence and embraces her "unkind" side
- Relatable is the first time DeGeneres allows herself to express the fear, hurt, and even anger that surrounded her decision to come out of the closet and its aftermath
- Relatable is the comeback special of the year
Posted Thursday 12/13/18 at 8:23PM EST
Report: Kelly Clarkson is being groomed to eventually take over Ellen DeGeneres' timeslot
Source: The Blast
With talk of DeGeneres potentially winding down her daily talk show this week, The Blast reports that NBC's plan is to have The Kelly Clarkson Show become Ellen's successor. Clarkson's talk show debuts next fall on NBC stations.
Posted Thursday 12/13/18 at 8:23PM EST
Richard Madden regrets not warning his mom about his naked Bodyguard sex scene
Source: Digital Spy
"I've made a few mistakes in my time, which is neglecting to tell my mother that there is a sex scene in a show," he told Ellen DeGeneres. "I get a hysterical phone call: 'You must tell me and your father, I was watching it, at the time I had a cup a tea, I nearly spilled it!"
Posted Wednesday 12/12/18 at 1:45PM EST
Ellen DeGeneres "changes her mind all the time" about whether to end her daytime talk show
Source: The New York Times
In a New York Times profile in advance of Ellen DeGeneres' Relatable Netflix special, Jason Zinoman writes: "DeGeneres recently took the option to extend her contract — until the summer of 2020 — although she had been close to declining. On the question of leaving, she changes her mind all the time. Her brother has been an advocate for staying on, making the case that in the age of Trump, the country needs her positive, unifying voice on television every day." DeGeneres says that while her brother, Vance DeGeneres, wants her to stay, her wife Portia de Rossi would prefer her to do other things. “She gets mad when my brother tells me I can’t stop,” says DeGeneres. “I just think she’s such a brilliant actress and standup that it doesn’t have to be this talk show for her creativity,” adds de Rossi, who thinks Ellen should do something like a podcast or radio show. “There are other things she could tackle.” De Rossi adds: "“I don’t see the end of her show as her career ending."
Posted Monday 12/10/18 at 3:21PM EST
Steve Harvey explains why he's no longer using Just for Men hair dye for his mustache
Harvey recently showed up on the Ellen show with a grey beard. He explained he "was on vacation and I actually left my Just for Men at home ’cause I had been dyeing my mustache, you know, black. So I was on vacation so I didn’t dye it and the rest of it started growing in. The next thing I knew, I went, ‘Damn!' This is either going to be sexy or I’m ugly as hell!”
Posted Friday 12/07/18 at 1:25PM EST
Jennifer Aniston is still interested in rebooting Friends as The Golden Girls
Source: The Today Show
Aniston, who first brought up The Golden Girls idea over the summer in an InStyle magazine interview, tells James Corden: "The girls always say we would love to do it again. The boys are a little less excited about it for some reason." So she has a solution: "We've decided that we'll just do like — and I've said this before — a remake of The Golden Girls in 40 years."
Posted Friday 12/07/18 at 1:25PM EST
Ellen and Spotify strike a cross-promotion partnership
“I’m so excited to partner with Spotify on my very own music hub because music truly makes everything better,” Ellen DeGeneres says on her new Spotify page. “Well, music and salt.”