There will be no more second chances for Ellen DeGeneres from Greyson Chance.
In 2010, when the singer was in sixth grade, he went viral via a video of his middle school performance of Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” on YouTube. He quickly became an online sensation.
The footage was immediately noticed by DeGeneres, who asked him to appear on her daytime talk show, associated him with top executives, and signed him with her record label, all in less than a year.
However, in an interview with Rolling Stone published Thursday, the 25-year-old singer-songwriter revealed that superstar glory and fame suddenly vanished as DeGeneres took charge of his career.
“My whole week, my whole month, my whole year could change [with] one text message from her,” he said. “That was horrible.”
After stepping foot on DeGeneres’ label, Chance claims she started to become “domineering and way too controlling,” making decisions for him in his stage outfits and bigger matters.
“She would come in and look at a rack, yell at stylists, berate people in front of me and say, ‘This is what you’re wearing on the show,” he told the outlet. “She was just degrading to people.”
In addition, Chance told Rolling Stone that DeGeneres “completely abandoned” him and stopped taking his calls following the flop of his 2012 EP. In the same year, he was ditched by his label and team.
He later released his own music independently and made several appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show until 2019, but Chance indicated that his encounter with the host had become a little less friendly.
Run Out of Chance
Recalling his last appearance on the show, Chance referred to the studio as a “place of active trauma” and criticized DeGeneres for talking about his sexuality during their interview.
“[When I came out,] I hadn’t spoken to her in years… That’s so messed up that you’re now showing the world as if we’re so tight. We’re so good,” Chance stated. “And behind the scenes, you are this insanely manipulative person.”
Chance’s claims about DeGeneres directly contradict her previously clean public image and “Be kind” motto. But the singer is not the only person to slam her closed-door behavior.
In 2020, former and current Ellen workers rebuked the show for promoting a “toxic work environment” with racism, intimidation, and fear. As a result, an internal probe occurred, three execs exited the show, and DeGeneres issued apologies to her staff many times.
And in May 2021, DeGeneres revealed that her show would come to an end following its 19th season. The last episode was released in May of this year.
Chance told Rolling Stone that Ellen showrunners urged him to go back to the show one last time on the final season. However, he rejected the offer.
“How in the world am I supposed to sit down and say I’m so thankful and let her take that moment?” he asked.
Chance further said, “I couldn’t do that. So, I turned down a national-TV gig on the eve of an album release, which is probably not a smart thing to do, but I had to do it for my integrity.”