Oh boy. Famed celebrity shit-talker Kathy Griffin has a new book out, Kathy Griffin's Celebrity Run-Ins: My A-Z Index, and in it she tells a story about a daytime talk show host who has a "mean streak everyone knows about." She has since confirmed she was referring to Ellen DeGeneres. I'm sorry, but, Ellen? America's cool aunt? The queen of likability??? The woman who danced with Obama???
SAY IT AIN'T SO.
The 56-year-old comedian also claims DeGeneres “banned” her from The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2006. She went on to excoriate Ellen and other female comics for not supporting each other the way male comics do. "My issue with Ellen is simple,” she said. “You know, the guys in comedy are so good about sticking together. I feel sad that women don't support each other the way the guys do. Joan [Rivers] and I would talk about this all the time. Patriarchy pits us against each other.”
But Griffin did suggest that this dynamic is changing, with younger female comics making better efforts to help each other. “You look at the younger women like Amy Schumer and Lena Dunham, they've got production companies, and they're getting stuff done," she said.
Unfortunately this isn't even the first accusation against Ellen for bad behavior. A former writer on the show once said she treated her writers "like shit." NOOO.
I agree it sucks that women are pitted against each other in Hollywood and elsewhere. But it's also hard to accept these rumors about America's beloved Ellen. What about the dancing and the pranks and the perfect marriage? How can this woman be anything other than an ally to other women? SHOW ME THE RECEIPTS, KATHY.