While Praising Dakota Johnson, Drew Barrymore Threw Shade at Ellen

Monday October 11, 2021
Originally published on October 9, 2021

Was this the beginning of the end for Ellen DeGeneres??? It was in November, 2019, when Dakota Johnson visited the talk show superstar and the subject immediately turned to the actress's birthday party held the previous month. "Though the interview between Johnson and DeGeneres took place more than six months before this upheaval, a lot of people joked it was the beginning of the show's downfall," Elle writes. In the viral clip, DeGeneres asks Johnson about her 30th birthday, then quips, 'How was the party, I wasn't invited.'"

But Johnson wasn't having anything to do with DeGeneres' shtick. "Actually, no. That's not the truth, Ellen." Adding: "Last time I was on the show last year, you gave me a bunch of shit about not inviting you, but I didn't even know you wanted to be invited. I didn't even know you liked me."

DeGeneres was visibly shocked and claimed otherwise, but Johnson just returned the subject to the birthday invite. "I did invite you and you didn't come... ask everybody." One of the show's producers told Ellen she was invited.

Since then "DeGeneres became 'the centre of unverified allegations about her off-camera behaviour, from claims that she would demand that people not look her in the eye, to claims that her real-life personality clashed with her kinder on-camera persona," writes The Independent.

"After announcing her intention to end her show, DeGeneres denied claims of poor behaviour on her part. She also†suggested that the backlash against her in 2019 and 2020 was "orchestrated"†and misogynist in nature."

When Johnson visited Drew Barrymore on her daily talk show on Thursday (October 7) when the subject of party invitations came up. Johnson said that her neighbor Jimmy Kimmell gives lots of parties but never invites her.

"Is this for real?" said Barrymore, before adding: "Because people have gotten in trouble for claiming [about] not being invited to your parties."

Johnson started laughing, and Barrymore through some shade Ellen's way: "That was amazing, by the way. Like, amazing." The actor was then cheered and applauded by the audience.

"Many people cited Johnson's original interview with DeGeneres as the beginning of the end of†'The Ellen DeGeneres Show,' the final season of which began last month. The show's cancellation followed a sustained controversy over allegations of a toxic work environment behind the scenes on the show," adds the Independent.

Watch Entertainment Tonight Canada's clip to see Barrymore and Johnson.