Ellen DeGeneres’ former protégé, Grayson Chance, claims she’s “never met anyone more manipulative, self-centered, and overtly opportunistic.”
in a bomb shell rolling stone interview Published Thursday, the now 25-year-old Oklahoma native opened up about his life and career after a viral video of him playing Lady Gaga’s “paparazzi” in front of his schoolmates landed him on DeGeneres’. thought now dead talk show May 2010 when he was just 12 years old.
“I couldn’t believe what was going on,” he told the magazine. It was Ellen who helped heal her.
According to the musician, when the two first met, DeGeneres told him, “I’ll protect you. I’ll be here for you. We’re going to do this together.”
Soon after, she co-created eleveneleven (a record label sold by Interscope Geffen A&M Records) and signed Chance as her first act. She has also connected him with high-profile managers, booking agents, publicists and brand agents.
In October 2010 Chance released a mini EP. He claimed that as his tour schedule became more demanding, DeGeneres “became domineering and too controlling.”
“My week, month, year could change [with] A message from her. It was terrifying,” he claimed, adding that he quickly learned that only DeGeneres’ opinion mattered.
DeGeneres got an advance copy of Justin Bieber’s “Never Say Never” documentary when Chance was opening Miranda Cosgrove’s tour. According to the singer, who admitted to being exhausted at the time, DeGeneres wanted to emulate his career after a hugely successful pop star career and wanted him to see it right away.
When he didn’t make it a priority to watch the movie, Chance claimed, DeGeneres called his mother, Lisa, and punched her.
“What type of mom are you?” he recalled hearing the comedian allegedly ask his mother before telling her directly.
At that moment, the young star thought to himself:
chance told degeneres widely rumored outrage permeated every aspect of his career. “She came in, looked at the rack, yelled at the stylist, yelled at the people in front of me, and said, ‘This is what you wear at the show,'” he claimed. It was just demeaning people.”
When his album and ticket sales plummeted in 2012, Chance claimed that DeGeneres was “totally removed” from him and “totally abandoned.” He further claimed that he had tried to contact her in vain.
Interscope quickly dropped him and his team fell apart.
Despite their influence, Chance continued to make regular appearances on “Ellen” over the years, knowing the positive impact exposure had on his career. described it as “a place of positive trauma for me.”
“Whenever I was on the show, it was a very fake smile. She didn’t even ask, ‘How are you?’ How are you doing? “That’s just, ‘This is what we’re going to talk about. I’ll see you there,'” he insisted. .
During a particularly awkward appearance in 2019, Chance claimed that DeGeneres “huddled” him during soundcheck.
“And she said, ‘How are you? ‘ And it killed me because I liked it.”where is it you leg? ‘”
In an interview that day, DeGeneres said she was so proud of her chance to come out as gay two years ago.
“She had nothing to do with it…. [When I came out,] I hadn’t spoken to her in years…” he told Rolling Stone. “It’s a mess, you’re making the world look like we’re so tight and so good right now. And behind the scenes, you’re this insanely manipulative person.”
He added, “When I look at interviews and when I look into my own eyes, I’m full of anxiety. I’m just there for a loving life of, ‘I need this TV gig,’ so I just get a lot of it.” You can see PTSD. I was 100 percent faking it and [I felt like] she [was] I am 100% fake too.
After that, despite several invitations to return to the show (including an invitation to appear in the final two weeks when viewership peaked), Chance never returned to “Ellen.” .
“I owe the first part of my career to her and the team,” he said. “But the reason I’m talking about the album here today is because I had to pull myself together and she owes her nothing. She was nowhere.”
Of his musical idol Lady Gaga, he said, “She was there for me in a way Ellen never was.
DeGeneres did not immediately respond to Page Six’s request for comment, but did not respond to Rolling Stone’s request for comment.