Ellen has been a familiar face on our TV screens for over 30 years. And over that time, she has established a reputation as “The Queen of Nice.” However, apparently, not everyone is buying her relatable personality. So here are 25 celebrities who are rumored to have a feud with the chat show host.
25. Mark Ruffalo
Mark Ruffalo was also not convinced by Ellen’s defense of her friendship with Bush. He, too, felt as though the former President had not taken responsibility for his wrongdoings. As a result, the Marvel star decided to make his feelings on the matter known in the form of an impassioned tweet that he shared in October 2019.
Addressing the Ellen-Bush friendship, Ruffalo said, “Sorry, until George W. Bush is brought to justice for the crimes of the Iraq War, (including American-lead torture, Iraqi deaths & displacement, and the deep scars – emotional & otherwise – inflicted on our military that served his folly), we can’t even begin to talk about kindness.”
24. Brad Garrett
Speaking out after a number of ellen show staffers had accused Ellen of mistreatment, Everybody Loves Raymond star Brad Garrett appeared to back the claims. After sharing a Variety magazine article about an apology made by the chat show host to those she’d allegedly offended, Garrett appeared to add more fuel to the flames by sharing his own take on the rumors.
In Ellen’s letter, she maintained that the working environment on her show had become toxic because she’d been unable to keep tabs of things as it grew in popularity. However, Garrett refuted these claims, tweeting in July 2020, “Sorry but it comes from the top @TheEllenShow.” He also said that he’d come across “more than one” individual who’d been “treated horribly” by the comedienne and claimed that her behavior was “common knowledge.”
23. Lea Thompson
Lea Thompson is perhaps known best for playing Marty McFly’s mom in the much-loved Back to the Future movie franchise. And given that she’s practically Hollywood royalty, it’s hardly surprising that she’s graced the ellen couch a total of six times. However, despite her repeated visits, Thompson was among the celebs to back claims regarding the frostiness on the set of the chat show.
After Brad Garrett had taken to Twitter to say Ellen’s negative behavior was “common knowledge,” Thompson seemed to agree. She replied to a People magazine story about her fellow actor’s comments, simply writing, “True story. It is.” However, she didn’t elaborate further or give any kind of account of her personal experiences of being a guest on ellen.
22. Ashley Nicole Black
A Black Lady Sketch Show TV star Ashley Nicole Black waded into the controversy surrounding the ellen show in August 2020, claiming that toxic work environments were “widely accepted” in the TV industry. Writing on Twitter she added, “People are expected not to complain, and higher-ups don’t care how folks are treated as long as the work is done on time and on budget.”
And while Black’s tweet didn’t really allude to Ellen, in his response to it, actor Andy Richter did. The Conan regular wrote, “I agree… Although there’s toxicity tolerated by higher-ups in every industry, but few of those workplaces are controlled by a manager who’s entire brand is being ‘nice.’”
21. Liza Minnelli
When Ellen hosted the Oscars back in 2014 she made a gag at the expense of screen legend Liza Minelli, who was in the audience. Ellen appeared to joke that the Cabaret star looked as though she was wearing drag when she said, “Hello to the best Liza Minnelli impersonator I’ve ever seen… Good job, sir.”
The joke raised some eyebrows among viewers, and Minelli also appeared to be upset by the jibe. In 2014, you see, she told TMZ, “I think [Ellen] thought it would be funny… But she never stopped after she said it and said, ‘my friend, Liza Minnelli.’ I think it went a little astray on her, and I don’t think she meant any harm at all, and she’s a wonderful lady.”
20. Vince Vaughn
Ellen herself supposedly took issue with a joke in 2011 when the trailer for Vince Vaughn’s movie The Dilemma came out. In the teaser, Vaughn’s character says, “Electric cars are gay. I mean, not homosexual, but my-parents-are-chaperoning-the-dance gay.” And the line reportedly got him banned from ellen.
CNN’s Anderson Cooper also waded into the controversy when he slammed the questionable joke during an appearance on ellen. However, in recent years, Vaughn has appeared on the chat show a number of times, and a source once told Page Six that he and Ellen actually “love each other.”
19. Kim Burrell
While a beef between ellen and Vince Vaughn sounds more like gossip, Kim Burrell was officially banned from ellen in 2017. The decision was made after the gospel singer said that gay people were “perverted” during a sermon she was giving at her Love & Liberty Fellowship Church.
Prior to making the comments, Burrell had been due to appear on ellen. However, Ellen later said, “Burrell made a statement [when] she was doing a Facebook Live, and she said some very not nice things about homosexuals, so I didn’t feel that was good of me to have her on the show to give her a platform after she was saying things about me.”
18. Caitlyn Jenner
Another person who is apparently banned from appearing on ellen is Caitlyn Jenner. According to her 2017 memoir The Secrets of My Life, Ellen made the star feel “alienated” from the LGBTQ community after comments she made about same-sex marriage on the show in 2015.
Speaking on ellen Jenner said, “Whenever it was that the whole gay marriage issue came up, at first I was not for it… I am a traditionalist. I mean, I’m older than most people in the audience. I like tradition, and it’s always been between a man and a woman, and I’m thinking I don’t quite get it.” However, Jenner did add that she’d grown to be accepting of same-sex marriage.
17. Elton John
The flamboyant singer’s rift with Ellen goes back even further still – back to 1997, in fact, when the comedian first came out as a lesbian. The news sparked intense press interest, though Ellen herself only spoke with Time and appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show. But even so, there seemed to be blanket coverage of Ellen’s sexual orientation.
With all the attention that surrounded Ellen, soon came the backlash. And, perhaps surprisingly, Elton John was among the people to criticize the star. In 2018 during an appearance on Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast, Ellen recalled, “Even Elton John said, ‘Shut up already. We know you’re gay. Be funny.’”
16. Sherri Shepherd
Sherri Shepherd was also reportedly banned from appearing on ellen after voicing her opinions on gay marriage. The comedian had previously been a guest on the chat show on a number of occasions, but after she stated that she was opposed to same-sex marriage during an appearance on The View, the star was apparently snubbed by Ellen.
When asked by Page Six why she hadn’t been booked for ellen in a number of years Shepherd said she was “unsure.” However, she also took the opportunity to clear up her thoughts on gay marriage, which she said had “evolved” since her time on The View. Shepherd told the gossip page, “I support same-sex marriage and partnerships.”
15. Jamar Rogers
Given how passionate Ellen has been in her advocacy of LGBTQ+ issues, many were shocked when the comedian Kevin Hart appeared on ellen in April 2019. At the end of the previous year, you see, the comedian had been fired as the host of the Oscars due to homophobic comments he’d made in tweets dating back to 2010 and 2011.
During Hart’s appearance on ellen, some people felt Ellen didn’t hold the actor accountable for his offensive comments. One such person was The Voice star and advocate for the HIV-positive community: Jamar St. Rogers. Yes, in 2019 he tweeted Ellen, “This is so disheartening. As both a former guest on your show and as a black gay man, to reduce Kevin’s critics as mere ‘haters’ is dismissive and harmful.”
14. Meghan McCain
Another person to publicly criticize Ellen for its handling of the Hart interview was Meghan McCain. The View star seemed to echo the sentiments of journalist Yashar Ali who tweeted, “Kevin Hart continues to act like a man who is inconvenienced and frustrated that he has to discuss this. He comes across as defensive/angry, not contrite/understanding. His comments about the so-called online mob (many LGBTQ folks who have dealt with this their entire lives).”
Responding to Ali’s tweet, McCain expressed her own disappointment of Hart’s appearance on ellen. She wrote, “This was my issue as we talked about on the show today – where is the genuine apology to the LGBT community and teachable moment? And I am not an internet mob person.”
13. Kathy Griffin
Kathy Griffin is another person who we probably won’t be seeing on ellen anytime soon. The run-in between her and Ellen goes back to 2007, as Griffin revealed in a 2016 interview with Access Hollywood. According to Griffin, it was then that Ellen “did a monologue about how mean [she was].”
Ellen herself responded to the rumors in a 2007 interview with W magazine. She said, “I know [Griffin] had a big thing about wanting to be on the show, and we didn’t book her. She did a whole thing that I banned her from the show. I didn’t ban her from the show, because first, you have to be on the show to be banned.”
12. Joan Rivers
Griffin’s rift with Ellen seemingly has its roots in the latter’s apparently fractious relationship with the late comedian Joan Rivers. In 2016 Griffin told Access Hollywood, “In my very last dinner with Joan Rivers, we would always check in with each other, and I’d be like, ‘Where are you with Ellen?’ and she’d be like, ‘Ugh, still hates me!’”
Griffin’s added, “The truth is, I guess I feel like I’m sticking up for a pal… Joan Rivers didn’t have a mean bone in her body, and I wish Ellen would have really celebrated her more because Ellen has such an amazing, incredible platform… Joan broke the glass ceiling for women talk show hosts.”
11. Nikkie de Jager
Beauty vlogger Nikkie de Jager appeared on ellen in January 2020 to open up about her experiences as a transgender person. The conversation that aired was typical for the show, perfectly bridging the gap between comedy and serious chat. However, the experience wasn’t so enjoyable for de Jager.
Speaking to the Dutch magazine &C in April 2020 de Jager said of her experience on ellen, “Call me naive, but I kind of expected to be welcomed with confetti cannons. But instead, I was greeted by an angry intern who was a bit overworked. I was expecting a Disney show, but I got Teletubbies after dark.”
10. Drew Barrymore
Drew Barrymore and Ellen teamed up with each other in 2017 on the NBC show First Dates. Barrymore was the narrator of the series, while Ellen was an executive producer. And despite this sounding like a match made in heaven, it was reportedly very far from the case.
In fact, according to an article by In Touch Weekly, the two stars simply don’t get on. A source allegedly told the magazine, “Ellen and Drew are a case of oil and water… Ellen expected to be the one calling the shots, but Drew thinks she should have creative control because she’s the movie star people are tuning in to see.”
9. Wendy Williams
Wendy Williams and Ellen have reportedly been ratings rivals since the launch of The Wendy Williams Show in 2008. Prior to that, you see, ellen had made Ellen the reigning queen of daytime chat shows. But Williams’ arrival on the scene meant that she now had fierce competition.
Furthermore, Ellen allegedly believes that Williams is too outspoken in her opinions. And when Williams appeared on ellen in 2015, the host took the opportunity to confront her rival about her controversial views. So, there appears to be no love lost between the two chat show queens.
8. Dakota Johnson
Dakota Johnson and Ellen were once good enough friends for the Fifty Shades actress to invite the comedian to her 30th birthday party in October 2019. However, Ellen reportedly didn’t turn up to the bash. And as a result, Johnson confronted the host about it when she appeared on ellen the following month.
Ellen brought up Johnson’s recent birthday celebrations, claiming that she hadn’t been invited. But Johnson protested, “I did invite you, and you didn’t come.” At first, Ellen was flustered. She soon had an excuse for the actress, however, telling her, “Oh, yeah! I had that thing…” Ouch!
7. John Cusack
Birthday-gate aside, Ellen faced yet more controversy in October 2019 when she was pictured hanging out with George W. Bush at an NFL game. The affable-looking encounter proved controversial, given the former President’s opposition to gay marriage as well as his involvement in the Iraq War – which cost civilian lives and supposedly involved torture.
After receiving criticism for her congenial encounter with Bush, Ellen defended her friendship with him on her show. In a monologue, she said, “I’m friends with a lot of people who don’t share the same beliefs that I have. We’re all different.” However, John Cusack didn’t buy it and, in a tweet, accused Ellen of “normalizing a mass murderer.”
6. Tim Robbins
And Cusack wasn’t the only celebrity to call Ellen out over her association with Bush. Speaking to BuzzFeed News, actor Tim Robbins also criticized the chat show host for “making peace” with the former President. He added that Bush was living in “an elite bubble” and has never faced the consequences of his actions.
In his BuzzFeed interview, Robbins said, “Listen, I’m all for going across aisles and making peace with people, but there’s certain people that are walking around right now that are responsible for a lot of death… That is, for me, something [Bush] has never reckoned with, never taken responsibility for.”
5. Susan Sarandon
In addition, Robbins’ former partner Susan Sarandon also felt that Ellen had downplayed people’s criticism of her relationship with Bush. The actress believed that Ellen had dismissed them for failing to understand friendships that bridged political differences. Furthermore, the host’s response to the controversy had been unduly light-hearted, contrasting with the serious consequences of the Iraq War.
Writing on Twitter in October 2019, Sarandon said that Ellen’s explanation of her friendship with Bush was guilty of “missing the point entirely.” The actress explained, “Ellen framed the issue as simply a matter of her hanging out with someone with different opinions, not a man repeatedly accused of being a war criminal.”
4. Corinne Olympios
Corinne Olympios appeared on TV show ellen in 2016, as she was about to star in Nick Viall’s season of The Bachelor. But while it could have been a dream-come-true experience for the young starlet, in 2018 she told “The Morning Toast” podcast that Ellen made her feel “so uncomfortable” on the show.
Continuing to dish the dirt on Ellen, Olympios alleged that the chat show host was “very aggressive.” She added, “She was very cold when I saw her before the show, which I don’t think I was supposed to because everybody got very nervous when we bumped into each other and you could tell they were like, ‘Oh, s***.’”
3. Jameela Jamil
Clearly, the photographs of Ellen and Bush touched a nerve among many in the showbiz. And the Good Place star waded into the Twitter debate, despite admitting that she knew little of Bush’s reputation prior to the controversy. After educating herself, however, Jameela Jamil tweeted that she now understood why people were upset.
The British actress wrote, “Ooooof learning today about the full extent of Bush’s heinous presidency… we weren’t taught much about him at school, we just heard he was stupid…(we were dealing with our own epic nightmare of a prime minister back then). What a monstrous leader. I now understand the rage…”
2. Kelly Ripa
Talk show host Kelly Ripa’s rift with Ellen goes back beyond the Bush controversy, though. In fact, the beef began in 2017 when Ellen invited Ripa’s former Live! co-host Michael Strahan on to ellen – a year after he had jumped ship to Good Morning America.
Strahan’s sudden move to a rival morning TV show had reportedly upset Ripa, and she’d felt that Ellen had taken her former co-star’s side by having him on her show. But Ellen reportedly tried to make peace with Ripa, allegedly reaching out to apologize for her actions.
1. Piers Morgan
Piers Morgan is another famous name who has been critical of Ellen. In 2017 he slammed the chat show host as a hypocrite after she wished Katy Perry happy birthday with the use of some eyebrow-raising innuendo, when she tweeted, “Happy birthday, @KatyPerry! It’s time to bring out the big balloons!”
Ellen’s cheeky “balloon” comment was possibly a nod to Perry’s 2013 tune “Birthday.” However, the comedian added a photo of herself checking out the singer’s bosom with her mouth agog. At the time, Morgan complained, “If a man made this joke, Ellen would lead the cries of ‘SEXIST PIG!’”
Apparently, however, Ellen isn’t the only talk show host to have earned a few enemies. There’s also Oprah, for instance. Much like Ellen, Oprah appears to be one of those rare celebrities who’s impossible to dislike. And yet she too has seemingly enraged more than her fair share of famous faces over the years. Take these 20 stars, for example – all of whom seem to have had a bone to pick with the woman dubbed the Queen of All Media.
“It was like being at someone’s house who doesn’t really want you there.” That’s how Ludacris described his 2005 appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show to promote Best Picture Oscar winner Crash. The hip-hop star made that shocking revelation in a 2006 interview with GQ magazine, saying that he’d been unfairly targeted after Oprah had called him out for his questionable lyrics about women.
Ludacris also claimed that Oprah was anything but the perfect host off air. In the same GQ interview, the Dirty South rapper alleged that many of his comebacks had been cut out of the broadcast. He added, “Of course, it’s her show, but we were doing a show on racial discrimination, and she gave me a hard time as a rapper when I came on there as an actor.”
19. Angelina Jolie
Oprah has unarguably become just as renowned for her humanitarian and philanthropic work as her talk show career. And in the 2000s, she added to her list of many achievements when she opened up a South African boarding school designed to help girls from deprived areas to fulfill their potential. But when Oprah asked for help from a celebrity to promote the academy, the star in question declined the invitation.
You see, while Angelina Jolie is no stranger to humanitarianism herself, she reportedly felt as though she couldn’t play a part in Oprah’s project. The Oscar winner was allegedly upset with the way that the talk show host had appeared to take Jennifer Aniston’s side in the tabloid-baiting love triangle involving Brad Pitt.
“Kiss from a Rose” singer Seal isn’t particularly renowned for courting controversy. In 2018, though, he made headlines by insinuating that Oprah had been aware of the Harvey Weinstein scandal long before it became public. The vocalist took to Instagram to post a meme that read, “When you have been part of the problem for decades, but suddenly they all think you’re the solution.”
Seal also used several photos to back up his point – one of which sees Oprah planting a kiss on the disgraced producer. He accompanied the meme with the message, “Oh I forgot, that’s right… You’d heard the rumors, but you had no idea [Weinstein] was actually serially assaulting young starry-eyed actresses who in turn had no idea what they were getting into. My bad.” Ouch.
Mo’Nique’s feud with Oprah looks to date all the way back to 2010. In the same year that she won the Oscar for her performance in hard-hitting drama Precious, the actress and comedienne agreed to let Oprah interview her older brother. And during the conversation, Gerald Imes admitted to sexually abusing Mo’Nique as a youngster, backing up his sister’s previous allegations.
Yet while Mo’Nique may have been consulted about the interview beforehand, she claims that she wasn’t made aware her mother and father would be sitting in the audience, too. The star believes, moreover, that her parents had never grasped the severity of the situation and that Oprah had betrayed her trust by inviting them onto the set. For her part, the host apparently told the comedienne that she didn’t know her folks would be present. Mo’Nique has also suggested that Oprah may have had a hand in her having seemingly been snubbed by Hollywood since her Academy Awards victory.
16. Whoopi Goldberg
Oprah and Whoopi Goldberg have thankfully managed to patch up their differences in recent times. However, for roughly three decades, the pair barely spoke. The drama began when Goldberg picked up a Best Actress Oscar nod for her performance in The Color Purple – a moment that biographer Kitty Kelley claims upset co-star Oprah.
Interestingly, Goldberg never appeared as a guest on Oprah’s show following the film’s release, while she was also notably absent from the talk show host’s Legends Ball in 2006. But the two ultimately made amends when they bumped into each other at a Tyler Perry party and learned that their apparent beef was all simply a misunderstanding.
15. 50 Cent
50 Cent incurred the wrath of the talk show queen in 2006 when he described her as an “Oreo” during a chat with Elle magazine. The rapper argued, too, that while Oprah had “started out with black women’s views, [she] has been catering to middle-aged white American women for so long that she’s become one herself.” And to add insult to injury, 50 also named a pet dog after the TV host.
However, the two appeared to make up when 50 guested on Oprah’s Next Chapter in 2012. The rapper explained that he’d been upset by Oprah’s snubbing of hip-hop, revealing, “I would see moments when you would discuss your feelings on the [rap] culture. And everything that was wrong with the culture was what was on my CD, and I was like, ‘Oh, she doesn’t like me.’”
14. Randy Jackson
It seems that Oprah probably shouldn’t expect any Christmas cards from Randy Jackson. And that’s despite the fact that the host invited his mom, Katherine, and father, Joe, onto her show in 2010 in the wake of his brother Michael’s death. However, the King of Pop’s sibling was allegedly left seething by the interview – owing, it appears, to Oprah’s actions five years beforehand.
You see, in 2005 Oprah addressed the subject of pedophilia on several episodes of her hit show. This, of course, just happened to be during the same period when Michael was on trial for child molestation. And Randy believes that Oprah deliberately scheduled these episodes for that time as a ploy to help put Michael behind bars.
13. Janet Jackson
What’s more, Oprah apparently added Janet to the list of Jackson family members that she’s riled when she interviewed Michael’s three children in 2010. Allegedly, the “Rhythm Nation” singer was left angry after hearing about the televised chat and subsequently accused Oprah of exploiting Prince, Paris and Blanket in a quest for ratings. In fact, she reportedly even tried to stop the interview from going ahead.
And according to the National Enquirer, Janet and Oprah were at loggerheads shortly before the chat took place. The tabloid reported, “The two women had a blistering blow-up during a telephone call on the day that the show was taped. When Oprah made it clear that she was going ahead with the interview, Janet screamed, ‘Oprah, you make me sick!’”
12. Rachael Ray
Another daytime talk show stalwart is said to have started an all-out war with Oprah in 2007. In that year, gossip site TMZ reported that celebrity chef Rachael Ray had made all sorts of derogatory comments about the star during a drunken night out. Perhaps the most damning, however, was the claim that Oprah had been in “slave drag” while appearing in the 1998 film Beloved.
Yes, the seemingly mild-mannered Ray reportedly argued that Oprah had an issue with “being black” as she continued to get more “loud and aggressive.” The star also allegedly described Oprah as a “demanding b***h,” according to the National Enquirer. Nevertheless, Ray’s camp was quick to deny that such inflammatory insults had ever been uttered.
11. Chris Brown
In the wake of Chris Brown’s attack on then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009, Oprah hosted an episode of her show that tackled the issue of domestic violence. And following the transmission, the R&B singer told People magazine that he felt as though he’d been thrown under the bus. He said, “I did a lot of stuff for [Oprah], like going to Africa and performing for her school. She could have been more helpful, like, ‘Okay, I’m going to help both of these people out.’”
A Oprah representative responded to Brown, however, through a statement that read, “Oprah is very appreciative that Chris Brown performed at her school, but she takes domestic abuse very seriously. She hopes he gets the counseling he needs.” That didn’t placate Brown, who told radio station Hot 97, “As a young black man myself, I need older black male role models to step in and kind of mold me. Not people-bashing me, ’cause that’s not how you learn from mistakes.”
10. Jonathan Franzen
Oprah’s relationship with Jonathan Franzen has been turbulent, to say the least. In 2001 the author kicked things off by describing the host’s famous book club as “schmaltzy” and “one-dimensional” while in conversation with Salon. Franzen even took umbrage with Oprah’s decision to select one of his own novels, The Corrections, telling the website, “I see this as my book, my creation, and I didn’t want that logo of corporate ownership over it.”
But Franzen later changed his tune and even accepted an offer to appear on Oprah’s show. He said to The New York Times, “I said things that ended up hurting [Oprah’s] feelings… I feel bad because the person being hurt is actually a really good person for American writing and reading.”
9. Roseanne Barr
Roseanne Barr is certainly no stranger to the celebrity feud, and in 2008 she added Oprah to her list of targets. In particular, the motormouthed comedienne criticized the TV legend for favoring Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primaries. And on her official website, Barr described Oprah as a “closeted Republican” who didn’t like “other women who actually stand for something to working American women besides glamour, angels, Hollywood and dieting.”
However, less than 24 hours later, Barr said sorry for her harsh words towards Oprah. She wrote, “I got upset because I felt Oprah was adding to the divisiveness in this country. I am sorry, Oprah, I really do admire and love you for all the good you do and have done in this country and the world at large.”
8. Ice Cube
“She’s had damn rapists, child molesters and lying authors on her show. And if I’m not a rags-to-riches story for her, who is?” It seems fair to say that Ice Cube isn’t particularly happy about seemingly being constantly snubbed by the Queen of All Media. Yes, the rapper has never been asked to be a part of Oprah’s show, and in 2006 he told FHM that he believes she has a “problem with hip-hop.”
Ice Cube also referred to the specific occasion when his co-stars Eve and Cedric the Entertainer were both invited to promote the movie Barbershop on the show – but he wasn’t. Yet Eve’s appearance perhaps undermines his argument that Oprah hates hip-hop. And the media mogul herself even later told MTV, “I’m not opposed to rap. I’m opposed to being marginalized as a woman.”
7. Joan Rivers
The late great Joan Rivers was never one to hold back, and she certainly lived up to her cutting reputation when she interviewed Oprah on The Tonight Show in 1985. In her cookbook, Food Health and Happiness, Winfrey recalled the incident – which just so happened to take place during her national TV debut – writing, “I was starting to settle in. And then it happened. Joan interrupted with perhaps the only question I hadn’t prepared for: ‘So, how’d you gain the weight?’”
“[Rivers] wagged her flawlessly manicured finger at me, pointed out that I was still ‘a single girl’ and challenged me to come back 15 pounds lighter next time she hosted,” Oprah continued. And Rivers didn’t go any easier on the star over the years, either. Indeed, an insider reportedly once told the National Enquirer that the comedienne believed Oprah was “the biggest phony in the world.”
6. David Letterman
In 1995 David Letterman publicly made Oprah an enemy with a jibe at her expense while hosting the Oscars. He didn’t help matters, either, when he introduced a sarcastic segment on his late-night hit called Oprah Log. Yet Letterman claims that his beef with Oprah actually began long before the Academy Awards incident.
In 2010, you see, Letterman told The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart that he had first encountered Oprah when he was having lunch on vacation with his girlfriend. The star admitted that as a joke he had told the waiter, “Oh, this woman right over there [Oprah] has been kind enough to take care of our check. We got a free lunch, and that’s where it started.” Finally, though, the pair patched up their differences in 2005.
5. James Frey
James Frey no doubt rues the day that he ever agreed to appear on The Oprah Winfrey Show. By then, the writer had already topped The New York Times’ Best Sellers list with his 2005 semi-fictionalized memoir A Million Little Pieces – largely thanks to Oprah’s seal of approval. However, after Frey graced the show, website The Smoking Gun decided to research his story, with the investigation ultimately discovering that much of the information presented in the book as fact had been entirely fabricated.
Then, when Frey returned to the show at the start of 2006 to explain his actions, Oprah said that he’d “betrayed millions of readers.” The TV icon embarrassed the author’s publisher, Nan Talese, to boot when she also appeared on set to justify the book being marketed as an autobiography. Talese would later criticize Oprah for her “fiercely bad manners.”
In 2009 Oprah met pop provocateuse M.I.A. at a Time magazine party honoring some of the 21st century’s most influential people. Yet it seems that their encounter didn’t exactly go swimmingly. Recalling the incident in a 2015 interview with Rolling Stone, M.I.A. said that she had asked Oprah to help shine the spotlight on the oppressive regime of her native Sri Lanka. However, it’s claimed that the TV icon had little interest in talking to someone who had previously been so “rude to Lady Gaga.”
M.I.A. alleged, “[Oprah] shut me down. She took that photo of me, but she was just like, ‘I can’t talk to you because you’re crazy and you’re a terrorist.’ And I’m like, ‘I’m not. I’m a Tamil, and there are people dying in my country. And you have to, like, look at it because you’re f**king Oprah, and every American told me you’re going to save the world.’”
3. Iyanla Vanzant
Iyanla Vanzant apparently clashed with Oprah in 1998 following a misunderstanding about a new talk show. After appearing on the host’s series to promote her book In The Meantime, the inspirational speaker subsequently became a protégée of the TV legend. But unfamiliar with how the industry worked, Vanzant ended up cutting her ties with Oprah when she approached the other woman to help her launch her own vehicle.
Vanzant told syndicated U.S. radio show The Breakfast Club, “I was just being naive and stupid and asking, but it wasn’t received well. And that created a breakdown in communication. But we were able to repair that. It took 11 years… They didn’t think I was ready [for my own show], but that was never communicated to me.”
2. Toni Braxton
Toni Braxton certainly didn’t appreciate Oprah’s opinion when she went bankrupt for the first – but not the last – time. In particular, the R&B singer was chastised by Oprah for possessing Gucci cookware in her kitchen at a time of serious financial trouble. And Braxton hit back as a result, calling the TV star “so frickin’ mean” in a 2012 episode of Behind The Music.
In fact, Braxton even went on to claim that Oprah had made a damaging impact on her career. Several years later, however, the chart-topping singer appeared to let bygones be bygones. In any case, Braxton agreed to portray unsung hero Darlene Love in a TV movie biopic screened on Oprah’s OWN network.
1. Anjelica Huston
Oprah doesn’t appear to be a particularly gracious loser, according to Anjelica Huston. In an interview with New York magazine, the actress revealed that Oprah had reportedly snubbed her ever since the pair had gone head to head in the same Oscars category in 1986. On that occasion, Huston ended up winning the Best Supporting Actress gong for her turn in Prizzi’s Honor – and apparently Oprah has never forgiven her for it, either.
Huston added, “The only encounter I’ve had with Oprah was when I was at a party for the Academy Awards [at] a private residence. I was talking to Clint Eastwood, and [Oprah] literally came between us with her back to me. So all of the sudden I was confronted with the back of Oprah’s head. Nobody else would dislike me so much as to literally, physically come in between the person I was talking with that way.”