- Child star Greyson Chance said he was “completely abandoned” by Ellen DeGeneres after his music began to underperform.
- She told Rolling Stone that she was previously very controlling of him and his career.
- The TV host discovered Chance in 2010 after a video of him singing and playing the piano went viral.
Viral child star Greyson Chance said he was “completely dumped” by Ellen DeGeneres after he appeared on her show.
“I’ve never met someone more manipulative, more self-centered and more blatantly opportunistic than her,” he told Rolling Stone.
A spokesperson for DeGeneres did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
DeGeneres is partially credited with Chance’s rise to fame in 2010, after a video of the 12-year-old singing and playing Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” on the piano went viral. A week after the video went viral, DeGeneres approached Chance and asked him to be on her show, Rolling Stone reported.
Chance told Rolling Stone that when he and his mother arrived in Los Angeles, DeGeneres told his mother that she would never have to work again in her life.
“I’m going to protect you. I’m going to be here for you. We’re going to do this together,” Chance said DeGeneres told him.
Rolling Stone reported that DeGeneres gave Chance $10,000, a new piano, and signed him to her then-new record label, eleveneleven.
Five months later, Chance released a mini EP, according to Rolling Stone, and began touring internationally.
Chance told Rolling Stone that he remembered DeGeneres keeping a tight rein on her career in 2010 and 2011, saying she once yelled at him and his mother because he said she didn’t want to see an early copy of “Never Say Never.” from Justin Beiber. documentary after 14-16 hours of touring.
She added that she would make last minute decisions about her engagements and performances and decide what she would wear.
As Chance’s stardom began to fade in 2012, she told Rolling Stone that DeGeneres disappeared.
And after he released a second project on DeGeneres’ label, she “completely abandoned” him and wouldn’t return his calls, he told Rolling Stone.
“I couldn’t get through to her. I couldn’t talk to her,” Chance said, adding that DeGeneres’ label later dropped him.
Still, Chance returned as a guest on Degeneres’ show several times after the second project was released, Rolling Stone reported.
“Every time he came on the show, it was such a fake smile. He didn’t even ask, ‘How are you? How are you doing?’ It was like, ‘This is what we’re going to talk about. See you there,'” Chance recalled.
In 2020, DeGeneres’ former guests and staff members of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” accused her of being entitled and being obnoxious. Additionally, current and former employees told Buzzfeed News that they faced “racism, fear, and intimidation” while working on the show.
In 2021, DeGeneres said the toxic workplace allegations were “too orchestrated” and “too coordinated.”
“For me, reading in the press about a toxic work environment when all I’ve ever heard from every guest that comes on the show is what a happy environment this is and what a happy place it is,” she said.