Dakota Johnson joined “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” for the second time. Kicking off the conversation, Ellen complained that she was not invited to the A-lister’s birthday bash. Smiling kindly but speaking firmly, Dakota said, “Actually, no, that’s not the truth, Ellen. You were invited.” Ellen disagreed and pressed the “Fifty Shades” actress. Finally, an “Ellen” producer admitted Ellen had been invited. Turns out, Ellen had been at a certain Cowboy’s football game.
The interview was TV gold. Later, when Dakota visited Drew Barrymore’s show, Drew applauded Dakota’s poise in Ellen’s hotseat saying, “That was amazing, by the way, like amazing.”
Ellen Harnessed the Moment to Talk about Kindness on Her Show
Predictably, Twitter lit up with tweets of shock and awe once the image of the two sitting together was circulated. Ellen announced on her show, “I’m friends with George Bush. In fact, I’m friends with a lot of people who don’t share the same beliefs that I have.” Our kindness 101 professors then drilled the lesson home, “But just because I don’t agree with someone on everything doesn’t mean that I’m not going to be friends with them.”
Finally, “When I say, ‘be kind to one another,’ I don’t only mean the people that think the same way that you do. I mean be kind to everyone.”
The Time Susan Sarandon Snapped Back
Susan Sarandon was not really having it when the George W. Bush and Ellen chill-out happened. The A-lister had been around long enough to remember Iraq I and II and so she went to Twitter to respond. Captioning an image of Ellen touting a supportive fan’s tweet, Sarandon argued that the talk show host missed the point completely.
“DeGeneres framed the issue as simply a matter of her hanging out with someone with different opinions, not a man repeatedly accused of being a war criminal.”
Taylor Swift Stomached the Cringiest Interview
After many years of celebrity friendship, Taylor Swift endured one of the show’s most awkward interrogations. Previously, Swift frequently made appearances. And once, Ellen, who frolicked in emulating the country singer, took it to the limit. Dressing up like the pop star, Ellen crashed a Taylor Swift concert, dancing onstage.
It was all fun and games until Ellen took it too far. DeGeneres interviewed Swift and pressed her about former boyfriends. DeGeneres gave the singer a bell to ring if she had dated a man Ellen questioned her about. Long story short, Swift is sobbing and begging for Ellen to stop.
The Taylor Swift Interview Still Makes the Internet Click
Taylor Swift fans were devastated. They could not understand why a TV host would take things so far. The 2013 visit inspired a TikTok clip called “Someone Who Deserves an Apology: Talk Show Edition.” During the interview, the country popstar got so flustered she begged, “Stop it, stop it, stop.” It’s difficult to watch. Ellen does not relent.
Taylor cries, “It makes me feel so bad about myself every time I come up here you put like a different dude up there on the screen, and it just makes me really question what I stand for as a human being.”