As soon as touted as Ellen DeGeneres’ musical protégé, Greyson Chance now claims the “insanely manipulative” comic and former daytime TV host “completely abandoned” him after his preliminary rush of success.
Chance, who grew up in Oklahoma, rose to viral fame in 2010, when a video of him performing Woman Gaga’s “Paparazzi” at a college expertise present hit YouTube.
That very same 12 months, the clip ― which at the moment has over 71 million views ― helped land him an invitation to “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” Following the looks, DeGeneres signed the musician, who was solely 12 on the time, to a brand new document label she co-founded, and gifted him with $10,000 and a brand new piano.
In an interview with Rolling Stone revealed Thursday, nevertheless, Chance stated that DeGeneres grew “domineering and way too controlling” throughout her time as his mentor and that she lambasted each him and his mom, Lisa, a minimum of as soon as behind the scenes.
“My whole week, my whole month, my whole year could change [with] one text message from her,” Chance, now 25, advised the publication. “That was horrible.”
Watch Greyson Chance’s 2010 look on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” beneath.
When it got here to performances and different public appearances, Chance stated DeGeneres would dictate his outfits, and urged him to imitate Justin Bieber’s model.
“She would come in and look at a rack, yell at stylists, berate people in front of me and say, ‘This is what you’re wearing on the show,’” he stated. “She was just degrading to people.”
He continued: “I’ve never met someone more manipulative, more self-centered, and more blatantly opportunistic than her.”
A consultant for DeGeneres declined to remark to HuffPost.
Later within the interview, Chance stated DeGeneres “completely abandoned” him after his 2012 EP, “Truth Be Told, Part 1,” underperformed. His last look on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” got here in 2019, two years after he got here out as homosexual.
Through the interview, DeGeneres applauded him for residing his reality. In hindsight, Chance stated the reward felt “cheap.”
“That’s so messed up, that you’re now showing the world as if we’re so tight. We’re so good,” he advised Rolling Stone. “And behind the scenes, you are this insanely manipulative person.”
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” wrapped its 19-season run in Could. The host, nevertheless, spent a lot of the ultimate two seasons in a fog of unhealthy press introduced on by a pair of BuzzFeed exposés revealed in 2020 through which “Ellen” staffers claimed they have been subjected to a poisonous tradition of racism, concern and intimidation on the job.
Some on social media suggested Chance’s accusations may be auspiciously timed, because the musician dropped a brand new album, “Palladium,” on Friday. In a video posted to TikTok on Thursday, the musician acknowledged the criticism, however nonetheless stood behind his claims.
“I am grateful for her giving me a start,” he stated. However “I am so continuously inspired by people that tell the truth and that muster up the bravery to tell the truth when it is difficult, when it’s non-convenient and when it’s painstaking. That’s why I did this, because I needed to tell the truth.”