Ellen DeGeneres Called Out For Making Taylor Swift Play Uncomfortable Game On TV Show

Ellen DeGeneres is being called out for making Taylor Swift play an uncomfortable game on her TV show.
Credit: Warner Bros. Television

Ellen DeGeneres is being called out for making Taylor Swift play an uncomfortable game on her TV show. 

DeGeneres, 64, hosted the hugely popular chat show The Ellen DeGeneres Show from 2003 to 2022.

It was well-known for being a fun and lighthearted programme that featured plenty of games and pranks.

However, an episode in which pop star Swift takes part has resurfaced, and it’s now leaving the wrong impression on viewers.

Watch the interview unfold below…

The ‘Love Story’ singer was a guest on the show in 2013 to promote her album ‘Red’.

During the interview, DeGeneres brought up the topic of Swift’s love life and insisted that she had dated 17 Again actor Zac Efron, which the singer denied.

While celebrities appeared on a big screen behind them, the presenter handed the ‘Anti-Hero’ artist a bell.

She then instructed Swift to ring it if she had ever dated them.

At this point, Swift pleaded: “I don’t know if I’m going to do this.

“This is the one thing that I have, it’s like the one shred of dignity that I have… People go and make guesses about it and the only thing that I have is like that one card.” 

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When the photo of Efron appeared, Swift insisted that they had never dated, to which DeGeneres responded: “Yes you did, why do you deny it?”

Following Efron, stars such as Danny DeVito and Justin Timberlake appeared on the screen, to which Swift remarked: “Do you know how badly this makes me feel?”

When picture of Swift’s ex John Mayer then appeared, the ‘Shake It Off’ singer appeared taken aback.

Then DeGeneres then pointed out that she was ‘supposed to ring’ the bell, to which Swift replied: “I don’t want to.”

She added that she would get ‘angry emails’ from fans.

Ellen DeGeneres and Taylor Swift
Ellen DeGeneres is being called out for making Taylor Swift play an uncomfortable game on her TV show. Credit: Warner Bros. Television

As the footage has resurfaced on social media, many people have commented on it, saying it left them feeling uncomfortable.

One person wrote: “Taylor has to be nice about it even though she’s upset. Yeah the show can be good and funny at times, but Ellen’s behaviour is not OK.”

“Ugh this always makes me angry,” added a second.

While a third commented: “Ellen is actually very unkind.”

Someone else said: “She’s on the brink of tears and everyone is laughing and Ellen is ignoring all her requests to stop.”

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Swift has previously discussed the impact her previous relationship has had on how she is perceived in the media.

The ‘You Belong With Me’ singer once said in an interview with Zane Lowe for Apple Music’s Beats 1  that ‘people reduce her to her dating history’.

Swift explained: “When I was like 23 and people were just kind of reducing me to, kind of making slideshows of my dating life and putting people in there that I’d sat next to at a party once and deciding that my songwriting was like a trick rather than a skill and a craft.

“It’s a way to take a woman that’s doing her job and succeeding at doing her job and making things and, in a way, it’s figuring out how to completely minimise that skill by taking something that everyone, you know, in their darkest, darkest moments, loves to do – which is to s***-shame.”

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Written by Rosario Monachino

Rosario is a content editor at IGV who specialises in film, TV and entertainment news. He has a degree in English and Film from the University of Salford and a masters in Journalism from Liverpool John Moores University.