as once said Ellen DeGeneres’ musical hero, Grayson Chance, now claims that the “insanity-ridden” comedian and former daytime TV host “absolutely abandoned” her after her initial run of success.
Chance, who grew up in Oklahoma, rose to viral fame in 2010 when a video of him performing Lady Gaga’s “paparazzi” on a school talent show hit YouTube.
In the same year, the clip – which currently has over 71 million views – helped her get invited to “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” After the appearance, DeGeneres signed the musician, who was only 12 years old at the time, to a new record label she co-founded, and gifted her $10,000 and a new piano.
However, in an interview with Rolling Stone published on Thursday, Chance said that DeGeneres had become “dominant and very controlling” during her time as her mentor and that she and her mother were behind the scenes at least once. Lisa scolds both.
“My whole week, my whole month, my whole year can change” [with] A text message from her, “Chance, now 25, told the publication. “That was terrible.”
Watch Grayson Chance’s 2010 appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” below.
When it comes to performances and other public appearances, Chance said that DeGeneres would direct her outfit, and urged her to imitate Justin Bieber’s style.
“She would come in and look at a rack, yell at the stylists, reprimand the people in front of me and say, ‘This is what you’re wearing to the show,'” he said. “She was just disrespectful to people.”
He continued: “I have never met anyone more manipulative, more self-centered, and more clearly opportunistic than him.”
A representative for DeGeneres declined to comment on HuffPost.
In later interviews, Chance said that DeGeneres “completely abandoned” her after her 2012 EP, “Truth Be Told, Part 1”. His last appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” came in 2019, two years after he came out as gay.
During the interview, DeGeneres commended her for living her truth. In the end, Chance said the praise felt “inexpensive.”
“It’s so messed up, that now you’re showing the world like we’re too tight. We’re so good,” he told Rolling Stone. “And behind the scenes, you’re this crazy person.”
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” completed its 19-season run in May. However, the host spent the last two seasons in a fog of bad press brought on by a pair of BuzzFeed exposés published in 2020, in which “Ellen” staffers claimed they were subject to a toxic culture of racism, fear and intimidation. Work.
something on social media suggested allegation of possibility Perhaps Good time, as the musician released a new album, “Palladium”, on Friday. In a video posted on TikTok on Thursday, the musician accepted the criticism, but still stood behind his claims.
“I am grateful to him for giving me a start,” he said. But “I am constantly inspired by people who speak the truth and who muster up the courage to speak the truth when it is difficult, when it is uncomfortable and when it is laborious. That’s why I did it, because I like the truth.” I needed to speak.”