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Ellen DeGeneres has hit back at her former protégée Greyson Chance after he accused the TV host of being ‘manipulative’, ‘self-centered’, and ‘blatantly opportunistic’ – alleging that she ‘completely abandoned’ him after signing him at the tender age of 12.
Oklahoma-born Chance, 25, made the bombshell claims about his former mentor in an interview with Rolling Stone on Thursday, recalling how Ellen, 64, vowed to ‘protect’ him and ‘be there for him’ after flying him out to Los Angeles to appear on her show when he was a tween. However, he says that when his career flagged just two years later, DeGeneres ‘abandoned’ him and stopped returning his calls.
His allegations come just months after DeGeneres’ long-running talk show ended amid scandal and controversy over claims she created a ‘toxic’ workplace.
Chance, who was discovered by Ellen’s show after he appeared in a viral YouTube video singing Lady Gaga’s hit Paparazzi, says he was overwhelmed when DeGeneres asked him to be on her program in May 2010.
“We just couldn’t believe what was happening,” Chance said. “We were so unsure of what we were getting into, and the person that helped cure all of that skepticism and chaotic energy was Ellen.”
Chance DeGeneres promised to protect him, saying, “We’re going to do this together.”
DeGeneres even created a record label called eleveneleven in conjunction with Interscope Geffen A&M Records, and signed Chance to it along with getting him managers, bookers, and a publicist. As he saw success, DeGeneres was increasingly “invested” in and supportive of in his career.
But Chance claims that alone side the support came a “domineering and way too controlling” personality, with DeGeneres making demands about his career and interfering with projects he and his team put together.
“My whole week, my whole month, my whole year could change [with] one text message from her,” he said. “That was horrible.”
He also accused DeGeneres of bad-mouthing his mother for “failing to make him watch Justin Bieber’s documentary Never Say Never,” Daily Mail reports.
Sources close to DeGeneres responded to Chance’s allegations, saying she “went above and beyond” in for the singer and accusing him of making opportunistic claims ahead of the release of his new album.
Greyson Chance tells Rolling Stone that Ellen DeGeneres is the most “manipulative, self-centered, and opportunistic” person he’s met.
Ellen signed him back in 2010 as a kid, during a time he says she was extremely controlling, and ‘disappeared’ once his music underperformed. pic.twitter.com/OH8eu8DG9V
— Pop Base (@PopBase) September 22, 2022
Greyson Chance Claims Ellen DeGeneres Was ‘Insanely Manipulative’ and ‘Opportunistic’ as His Mentor https://t.co/WXWibNtDHd
— People (@people) September 22, 2022
Ellen DeGeneres branded ‘manipulative,’ ‘self-centered’ and ‘blatantly opportunistic’ by one-time associate Greyson Chance https://t.co/xOWHS9OaET
— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) September 22, 2022
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