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Greyson Chance says Ellen DeGeneres was ‘incredibly manipulative’ as her first mentor

Once touted as Ellen DeGeneres’ musical protege Greyson Chance now claims the “incredibly manipulative” comedian and former daytime TV host “completely ditched” him after his first wave of success.

Chance, who grew up in Oklahoma, shot to viral fame in 2010, when a video of him performing Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” on a school talent show surfaced on YouTube.

That same year, the clip — which currently has over 71 million views — landed her an invite to “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” After the appearance, DeGeneres signed the musician, who was just 12 at the time, to a new record label she co-founded, and gifted him $10,000 and a new piano.

In an interview with Rolling Stone published Thursday, however, Chance said DeGeneres had become “overbearing and far too controlling” while she was his mentor and lambasted him and his mother, Lisa, at least once. backstage times.

“All my week, all my month, all my year could change [with] a text from her,” Chance, now 25, told the publication. “It was horrible.”

Watch Greyson Chance’s 2010 appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” below.

As for performances and other public appearances, Chance said DeGeneres would dictate her outfits and urged her to emulate Justin Bieber’s style.

“She would come in and look at a rack, yell at stylists, berate people in front of me, and say, ‘This is what you wear on the show,'” he said. “She was just demeaning to people.”

He continued, “I have never met anyone more manipulative, more self-absorbed and more openly opportunistic than her.”

A representative for DeGeneres declined to comment on HuffPost.

Later in the interview, Chance said DeGeneres “completely ditched” him after his 2012 EP, “Truth Be Told, Part 1,” underperformed. His last appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” was in 2019, two years after he came out as gay.

During the interview, DeGeneres applauded him for living his truth. Looking back, Chance said the praise was “cheap”.

“It’s so messed up, now you’re showing the world like we’re so close. We’re so good,” he told Rolling Stone. “And behind the scenes, you’re this incredibly manipulative person.”

“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” ended its 19-season run in May. The host, however, has spent much of the last two seasons in a fog of bad press caused by a pair of BuzzFeed exposes released in 2020 in which “Ellen” staffers claimed they were subjected to a toxic culture of racism, fear and bullying on the job.

Some on social media suggested Chance’s Accusations Perhaps fittingly, as the musician released a new album, “Palladium,” on Friday. In a video posted to TikTok on Thursday, the musician acknowledged the criticism, but backed up his claims nonetheless.

“I’m grateful to him for giving me a boost,” he said. But “I’m continually inspired by people who tell the truth and who bravely speak the truth when it’s hard, when it’s not practical and when it’s laborious. That’s why I did this, because I needed to tell the truth.

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