Greyson Chance, the young musician who rose to fame after his YouTube rendition of Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” went viral in April 2010, was invited to perform at The Ellen DeGeneres Showhe said in a new interview that he was traumatized by the way the hostess treated him.
“I have never met anyone more manipulative, more self-centered and more blatantly opportunistic than her,” he said. Rolling rock in a story published Thursday as his new album was released, Palladium.
Through a rep, DeGeneres declined to comment Rolling rock interview or the Yahoo Entertainment story.
Chance, who is now 25, was only 12 when he became internet famous. DeGeneres called a week later and took his first plane ride from Oklahoma to Los Angeles, California where he said DeGeneres assured him and his mother, Lisa, that they would “do it together.” The A-list star, who was making a foray into the music business, connected Chance with a whole bunch of people and, most importantly, signed him to her new record label, which was distributed by Interscope Geffen A&M Records.
But Chance told the magazine that DeGeneres “became overbearing and over-controlling.” For example, define what she wore and what she didn’t. no leather, since it’s vegan.
“He’d come in and look at a rack, yell at the stylists, slap people in front of me and be like, ‘This is what you’re wearing on the show,'” Chance said. “He just underestimated people.”
In one instance, the artist and his mom said he scolded them over the phone after he hadn’t watched a Justin Bieber documentary he asked him to watch, and he hadn’t watched it because he was tired from touring.
Some of Chance’s words echo what employees of DeGeneres’ former talk show claimed in a July 2020 report by BuzzFeed. They called Helen a toxic workplace where fear and intimidation were the norm.
In 2012, while still on the air, Chance’s sophomore album bombed and ticket sales plummeted. He was dropped by his label and team.
That’s when he said DeGeneres “completely abandoned him” and wouldn’t even return his calls.
“I couldn’t hold her. I couldn’t talk to her,” Chance said. “Whenever I came on the show, it was such a fake smile. He wouldn’t even ask, ‘How are you?’ How are you holding up?” It was just like, “Here’s what we’re going to talk about. We will see you there”.
But someone from her show contacted him at some point, because he appeared on it after he left the label. (In all, she’s been on DeGeneres’ stage 10 times over the years, twice after 2012, according to IMDb.) When she appeared there in 2015, she said the two didn’t speak at all backstage. However, he returned in 2019 to promote a new album, Portraits.
A show source pointed out that Chance had made no complaint at the time.
He said he was unhappy, though, especially on that last visit.
“He came out during soundcheck and he looked at me, he hugged me. And he was like, ‘How were you?’ And it just killed me,” Chance said, “because I was like, ‘What do you mean how was I? Where were you;”
He didn’t appreciate her saying during their interview that she was proud of him for being gay since the last time they had spoken.
“It had nothing to do with it… [When I came out,] I hadn’t spoken to her in years,” he said. “It’s so messed up, now you’re making people look like we’re so tight. We are so good. And behind the scenes, you’re this insanely manipulative person.”
Afterward, Chance said that while he’s grateful for what DeGeneres did for him early in his career, he turned down offers to be a part of Helenlast season. He knew the move meant less publicity, but he had to do it for his integrity.