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Thursday 29 September 2022 03:17 AM Ellen DeGeneres seen out after protégée Greyson Chance claimed ... trends now

Thursday 29 September 2022 03:17 AM Ellen DeGeneres seen out after protégée Greyson Chance claimed ... trends now

Ellen DeGeneres looked in high spirits as she grabbed lunch in Santa Barbara with her wife Portia de Rossi, 49, and a friend on Wednesday afternoon.

The former talk show host, 64, was captured flashing a wide smile while conversing with Portia outside the restaurant.

The outing comes after Ellen's protégée Greyson Chance, 25, doubled down on claims that she 'manipulated' and 'completely abandoned' him after signing him at the tender age of 12. Insiders close to Ellen have denied his story. 

Unbothered: Ellen DeGeneres looked in high spirits as she grabbed lunch in Santa Barbara with her wife Portia de Rossi, 49, and a friend on Wednesday afternoon

Unbothered: Ellen DeGeneres looked in high spirits as she grabbed lunch in Santa Barbara with her wife Portia de Rossi, 49, and a friend on Wednesday afternoon

For lunch, Ellen strolled beside her wife and friend in a pair of black shorts and matching polo top.

The sitcom star completed the look with a gold wrist watch and a pair of bright white sneakers.

Meanwhile, Portia looked effortlessly beautiful in a fitted black tee and bootcut jeans styled with brown suede booties.

Despite Chance's allegations against her, Ellen appeared unbothered as she soaked up the sun with her inner circle.  

Beaming: The former talk show host, 64, was captured flashing a wide smile while conversing with Portia outside the restaurant

Beaming: The former talk show host, 64, was captured flashing a wide smile while conversing with Portia outside the restaurant

Casual-cool: For lunch, Ellen strolled beside her wife and friend in a pair of black shorts and matching polo top

Casual-cool: For lunch, Ellen strolled beside her wife and friend in a pair of black shorts and matching polo top

Chance, 25, initially accused the comedian of being 'manipulative', 'self-centered', and 'blatantly opportunistic' - alleging that she 'completely abandoned' him after signing him at the tender age of 12.

Last Friday, he posted a TikTok video saying that he stands by his version of events, saying: 'I stand behind all of it. I've been wanting to tell this story now for multiple years and was repeatedly told not to.'

He even claimed that the alleged toxic behavior behind-the-scenes left him suffering from PTSD and trauma.

'But the truth is, what you saw on TV and what was pitched out to the mainstream just wasn’t what was happening behind the scenes,' he claimed, adding that what happened to him as a child was 'not cool' and led to 'PTSD' and 'trauma.'

Radiant: Meanwhile, Portia looked effortlessly beautiful in a fitted black tee and bootcut jeans styled with brown suede booties

Radiant: Meanwhile, Portia looked effortlessly beautiful in a fitted black tee and bootcut jeans styled with brown suede booties

Chance continued: 'I'm sure people will have a lot to say about the article and how I maybe appear ungrateful for [Ellen's] efforts in the beginning, and the truth is that I am grateful for her giving me a start, but I'm more grateful to myself for the moments when I got dropped and everything went awry when I was a kid.'

Oklahoma-born Chance made the bombshell claims about his former mentor in an interview with Rolling Stone on Thursday, recalling how Ellen vowed to 'protect' him and 'be there for him' after flying him out to Los Angeles to appear on her show when he was a tween. However, he says that when his career flagged just two years later, DeGeneres 'abandoned' him and stopped returning his calls.

His allegations come just months after DeGeneres' long-running talk show ended amid scandal and controversy over claims she created a 'toxic' workplace.

Sources close to the famous TV host then fired back at Chance's allegations, insisting that DeGeneres went above and beyond in order to support him and his career - and accusing the singer of making opportunistic claims in order to promote his new album.

Speaking out: On Friday, he posted a TikTok video saying that he stands by his version of events, saying: 'I stand behind all of it. I've been wanting to tell this story now for multiple years and was repeatedly told not to'

'I stand behind it': Ellen DeGeneres protégée Greyson Chance DOUBLES DOWN on claim she 'manipulated' him when he was just 12 despite her denial... says toxic behavior has left him with PTSD (seen on The Ellen Show in 2019)

'I stand behind it': Ellen DeGeneres protégée Greyson Chance DOUBLES DOWN on claim she 'manipulated' him when he was just 12 despite her denial... says toxic behavior has left him with PTSD (seen on The Ellen Show in 2019)

The sources noted that Chance was discovered by the show via YouTube in 2010, and appeared on The Ellen Show more than a dozen times, including after the timeframe in which he was dropped by his record label Interscope.

Addressing the singer's accusations about DeGeneres' cold treatment of him, the insiders told DailyMail.com that this was not the experience the Ellen team had with Chance, insisting that she had nothing to do with the downturn in his career, noting that sometimes, things just don't take off.

The insiders added that Chance did not make any complaints during that time and continued to appear on the show to launch his new projects.

Chance is currently launching an album, and has taken this time to go after Ellen with opportunistic claims, the sources alleged.

Ellen DeGeneres, 64, has been slammed by her former protégée, Greyson Chance as 'manipulative,' 'self-centered' and 'blatantly opportunistic'

Chance, 25, pictured in 2020 in NYC, ripped into the comedian and talk show host in an interview with Rolling Stone published on Thursday

Bombshell: Ellen DeGeneres, 64, has been slammed by her former protégée, Greyson Chance (right in 2020) as 'manipulative,' 'self-centered' and 'blatantly opportunistic'

Chance made his first appearance on The Ellen Show in May 2010, when he was just 12 years old (seen), after the TV host spotted a viral video of him singing Lady Gaga's hit Paparazzi

Chance made his first appearance on The Ellen Show in May 2010, when he was just 12 years old (seen), after the TV host spotted a viral video of him singing Lady Gaga's hit Paparazzi 

In his interview, Chance said he was overwhelmed when DeGeneres sought to feature him on her program in May 2010, after seeing a viral video of him singing Lady Gaga's hit Paparazzi.

'We just couldn’t believe what was happening,' Chance said. 'We were so unsure of what we were getting into, and the person that helped cure all of that skepticism and chaotic energy was Ellen.'

According to Chance, DeGeneres told his mother, Lisa (seen on The Ellen Show in 2010), that she would 'never have to work again a day in her life' because she was going to make her son a star

Chance said that DeGeneres vowed she was 'going to protect' him and be there for him, saying, 'We’re going to do this together.' He added that Ellen 'presented herself as a guardian and mentor', and told his mother, Lisa, that she would 'never have to work again a day in her life'.

During his appearance on The Ellen Show in May 2010, Chance performed Paparazzi for the host and her audience, before the TV host gifted him with $10,000 and a new grand piano.

DeGeneres then created a record label called eleveneleven in conjunction with Interscope Geffen A&M Records, inking Chance and setting him up with managers who had previously worked with the likes of Lady Gaga and Madonna, as well as bookers and a publicist.

Candid: 'But the truth is, what you saw on TV and what was pitched out to the mainstream just wasn’t what was happening behind the scenes,' he claimed, adding that what happened to him as a child was 'not cool' and led to 'PTSD' and 'trauma'

Candid: 'But the truth is, what you saw on TV and what was pitched out to the mainstream just wasn’t what was happening behind the scenes,' he claimed, adding that what happened to him as a child was 'not cool' and led to 'PTSD' and 'trauma'

Quickly, Chance's career took off; he released a mini EP in October of that year and set off on a tour across the US, Canada, London, and Paris - during which time he says DeGeneres became increasingly 'invested' in his career, offering him consistent support via the phone and in-person.

However, as her 'investment' in his career grew, Chance claims the TV host 'became domineering and way too controlling', describing her as a 'hidden eye' that loomed over his career.

According to Chance, DeGeneres told his mother, Lisa (seen on The Ellen Show in 2010), that she would 'never have to work again a day in her life' because she was going to make her son a star

According to Chance, DeGeneres told his mother, Lisa (seen on The Ellen Show in 2010), that she would 'never have to work again a day in her life' because she was going to make her son a star

'My whole week, my whole month, my whole year could change [with] one text message from her,' he said. 'That was horrible.'

He claimed that DeGeneres would make demands about his career - stating that she once made him re-record a pre-taped performance for a TV appearance because she wasn't happy with what he and his team had done.

And - according to Chance - he wasn't the only one who bore the brunt of DeGeneres' 'controlling' behavior, with the singer highlighting one incident in 2011, when the TV host slammed his mother for failing to make him watch Justin Bieber's documentary Never Say Never.

DeGeneres had secured Chance an advance copy of the movie, which saw cameras going behind the scenes during a then-teenage Justin's global tour, and instructed him to watch it immediately - despite the fact that he was on tour at the time - so that he could model his own career on the chart-topper's.

Chance said that when he didn't watch the documentary right away because he was 'exhausted' from his performances, DeGeneres phoned his mother Lisa to 'berate' her, asking, 'What type of mother are you?'

He added that DeGeneres then told him, 'Disappointed isn’t even remotely what I’m feeling right now,' in regards to the documentary issue. It was then that he says he realized he was nothing more than a 'pawn' in the talk show host's 'game'.

Speaking out: Chance continued: 'I'm sure people will have a lot to say about the article and how I maybe appear ungrateful for [Ellen's] efforts in the beginning, and the truth is that I am grateful for her giving me a start, but I'm more grateful to myself for the moments when I got dropped and everything went awry when I was a kid'

Speaking out: Chance continued: 'I'm sure people will have a lot to say about the article and how I maybe appear ungrateful for [Ellen's] efforts in the beginning, and the truth is that I am grateful for her giving me a start, but I'm more grateful to myself for the moments when I got dropped and everything went awry when I was a kid'

His mother Lisa also said that the TV host would 'go through' her son's clothes and try and 'control' what he wore - including banning him from sporting leather because she was a committed vegan during the early years of his career.

Chance recalled how DeGeneres would 'yell at stylists' and 'berate people in front of him', stating that his former mentor - who left the air earlier this year, two years after she was hit with a furious toxic workplace scandal - 'was just degrading to people.'

When Chance's career began to lag in 2012, amid falling ticket sales and a failed album release, he says DeGeneres 'completely abandoned' him and 'removed' herself from his life - alleging that she wouldn't even return his phone calls.

He was then dropped by Interscope and several members of his team turned their backs on him, including his managers, agent, and publicist.

Chance continued to make sporadic appearances on The Ellen Show - which he described as 'a place of active trauma' - however he claims that DeGeneres behaved cold toward him when the cameras weren't rolling.

Whenever I would come on the show, it was such a fake smile,' Chance said. 'She wouldn’t even ask, "How are you doing? How are you holding up?" It was just like, "Here’s what we’re going to talk about. We’ll see you on there."'

Chance performed Lady Gaga's Paparazzi on The Ellen Show during his first appearance in 2010, when the TV host gifted him with $10,000 and a new grand piano

Chance performed Lady Gaga's Paparazzi on The Ellen Show during his first appearance in 2010, when the TV host gifted him with $10,000 and a new grand piano 

The singer made multiple appearances on The Ellen Show over the years - however behind the scenes, he says that DeGeneres was becoming increasingly 'controlling' over him

The singer made multiple appearances on The Ellen Show over the years - however behind the scenes, he says that DeGeneres was becoming increasingly 'controlling' over him 

Chance (seen in 2021) said DeGeneres - who left the air two years after a toxic workplace scandal - exhibited nasty behavior toward him and others: 'She was just degrading to people'

Chance (seen in 2021) said DeGeneres - who left the air two years after a toxic workplace scandal - exhibited nasty behavior toward him and others: 'She was just

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