An old clip from The Ellen DeGeneres Show is now going viral online. Host Ellen DeGeneres said some very controversial things to Sofia Vergara. The interview took place in 2017 and featured a few moments dedicated to Sofia’s accent that has everyone shaking their heads. Some are even calling Ellen “racist.” Watch the clip below.
Ellen DeGeneres Made Fun Of Sofia Vergara’s Accent
After talking about her second anniversary with husband Joe Manganiello, Sofia looked a little irritated with Ellen’s next segment. Ellen said that she is trying to learn one Spanish word a day. She would in turn teach the America’s Got Talent judge an English word. Sofia went along with it but said “Ok, I know English.” The word was “flabbergasted” which Sofia has said before. Ellen then tried to get Sofia to say “discombobulated.” Sofia struggled to say it and then said “that’s not even a word, you’re just doing it to ruin my reputation.” The video now has over 12 million views and went viral on Twitter over the past few days.
The latest comments on the YouTube video are all overwhelmingly pointing to this segment being wrong on many levels. “So can we talk about how racist this is? Teasing Sofia for her accent and making her perform for Ellen’s own entertainment? You even see the offense Sofia took when she said okay I speak English but I’ll play along with your microaggressions” said one viewer. “I never liked this interview. She speaks English pretty well. They shouldn’t make fun of her” said another. In another clip, Ellen interviewed the cast from Modern Family on her show. “Literally you have been on this show for 10 years and your accent has gotten worse. How is that possible?” she asked the America’s Got Talent judge.
Twitter Is Not Happy About Ellen’s Behavior In These Resurfaced Clips
“The way Ellen DeGeneres was able to treat Sofia Vergara as if she was illiterate & dumb because she wasn’t able to speak the way Ellen wanted her to speak, yet Sofia is bilingual & Ellen can only speak English…………….. pack it up racist” one Twitter user wrote.
“Thinking about how Ellen DeGeneres made up a whole segment on her show just to ‘teach an English word of the day’ to Sofia Vergara. and how she’d constantly make fun of her accent and ‘how worse it had gotten’ over the years. on national television” said another.
Another tweet said “In hindsight, the telling moment for me about Ellen’s meanness should have been the way she made Sofia Vergara the butt of every joke when she was on her show.”
It’s also worth mentioning that Sofia was named the world’s highest paying actress of 2020 especially after joining America’s Got Talent. So it’s pretty safe to say that people love Sofia and she will continue to dominate the entertainment world.
Is Ellen DeGeneres Saying Goodbye To Her Show After Sofia Vergara Interviews Resurfaced?
Earlier this month, Ellen sent a memo to her staffers after they had complained that they faced intimidation and racism behind the scenes of the show. “On day one of our show, I told everyone in our first meeting that The Ellen DeGeneres Show would be a place of happiness — no one would ever raise their voice, and everyone would be treated with respect,” the memo said. “As we’ve grown exponentially, I’ve not been able to stay on top of everything and relied on others to do their jobs as they knew I’d want them done. Clearly some didn’t. That will now change and I’m committed to ensuring this does not happen again.” But people felt like she was not taking accountability for what went on behind-the-scenes and instead blaming it all on the producers. These resurfaced clips with the America’s Got Talent judge are not helping her case.
It was reported that insiders at Telepictures have gotten word that Ellen is thinking about walking away from The Ellen DeGeneres Show for good. “She feels she can’t go on and the only way to recover her personal brand from this is to shut down the show,” an insider said. “The truth is she knew what was going on — it’s her show. The buck stops with her. She can blame every executive under the sun — but Ellen is ultimately the one to blame.”