Ellen DeGeneres, in her mansion: Being in quarantine ‘is like being in jail’

Coronavirus - Sun Apr 5, 2020

I’ve glanced through some of the many thinkpieces about “celebrities in the time of Covid” from the past month. No one can come to any kind of agreement: are celebrities good or bad in a pandemic? Do we want them to speak and entertain? Or should they all shut up and be silent in their mansions? Personally and professionally, I like the fact that so many celebrities are committed to being kind of famewhorey during the pandemic. I think it’s fun to see their boring interior design and watch them go stir-crazy in their mansions. I say this while acknowledging that everything is a complete horror show and people are dying and we can pay attention to that too, but most people also enjoy a little escapism, a little entertainment.

So I don’t hate that all of the talk show hosts are hosting shows from their homes, and that they’re still trying to do *something* to entertain. It’s a fine line though, when rich celebrities in their mansions start to complain about how they feel like they’re “in jail”?

Ellen DeGeneres resumed her talk show on Monday, April 6, after pausing production due to the coronavirus pandemic, but her return was marred by controversy. The comedian, 62, came under fire on Twitter after she jokingly compared the time she has spent quarantined at home to being incarcerated.

“One thing that I’ve learned from being in quarantine is that … this is like being in jail, is what it is,” DeGeneres said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show from the living room of her $27 million mansion in Montecito, California. “It’s mostly because I’ve been wearing the same clothes for 10 days and everyone in here is gay.”

[From Us Weekly]

Quarantine is not jail. Jail is jail. And our American prison system is being crippled by coronavirus too, and it’s a huge public health catastrophe and a huge human rights tragedy. But… who amongst us can say that in our darkest, loneliest moments, we didn’t think something similar while in quarantine? “This feels like jail, this feels like a punishment.” The difference is that we just think it and we don’t say it aloud. Anyway, quarantine isn’t jail and Ellen has a reputation for being extremely unpleasant. Have a good day!

Screencap from Ellen’s show.

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  1. Lurker says:

    I think it shows how fucking tone deaf these people are… cough Kristin cav… cough cough

    • Jules says:

      Yup, everything I’ve read has pretty much trashed celebrities and how tone-deaf and thirsty they are, as people are suffering and dying.

      • (TheOG) jan90067 says:

        People in jail don’t have a window washer working behind them.

        She needs to take one of the dozens of seats she has in her multi-room prison. I’ll listen to her when and if she is cooped up in a 6×8 room and isn’t allowed out, except for one hr. a day.

        Until then, Ellen…STFU and STHD.

    • Chubs says:

      I’m sorry she feels she’s in jail. She’s welcome to come with me to work and care for patients who would love to be at home instead of in a hospital bed.

      • Louise says:

        👏👏👏Couldn’t have said it better myself.

      • Mustlovedogs says:

        Or with me -as I try to find appropriate support and care for homeless people or people with disabilities.
        (PS. Thank you Chubs. For all you and your colleagues do ❤️)

    • RedWeatherTiger says:

      Absolutely tone-deaf. Ellen has been on my nerves for a while already in a general way, but this boo hoo hoo moment makes me really start to actively dislike her.

  2. LahdidahBaby says:

    Being in quarantine with ELLEN would be like being in jail.

    A lot of people are actually suffering for real right now. Some are sick, some are homeless, some are out of work. She needs to quit her bitching.

    • minx says:

      I cannot stand her, she seems manipulative and mean.

      • LahdidahBaby says:

        Yes, I so agree.

      • She IS manipulative and mean. I have known many people who worked on her show and they all talk about how mean and stingy as hell she is. One person who worked very closely with her told me that she pushes everyone she works with to tears just to see how far she can push them. She’s absolutely awful and I’m shocked she’s been able to get away with her bullying this long.

      • Writer Marie says:

        Maybe we’ll be lucky and her time will be up? I just checked Insta and she still has 86.8 followers, but I feel like that number is down?? I don’t follow her so I have no idea.

        But, I just googled and found a bunch of articles that state she has over 74 million followers that are bots… LMAO!

      • LahdidahBaby says:

        Love it, Writer Marie! Only a bot could stand her.

  3. Trish-a says:

    Some celebrities have been humble and entertaining. She is so out of touch I just feel anger. It’s time to retire. Kelly Ripa has annoyed me in the past however her and Ryan have been cheerful, thoughtful and entertaining for me. Chris Cuomo is breaking my heart. And both Jimmy’s are trying their best.
    Ellen needs to just go away.

    • bettyrose says:

      How hard is it just to express gratitude for what you have and wish others all the best? It’s the very least one can do and costs nothing. Well, maybe just staying silent in the very least, but people want entertainment right now. There’s nothing wrong with celebs providing that, but unless you’re an inbred teenager married to the king of France, you have no excuse for this level of cluelessness.

      • ➕💯 BettyRose. I don’t mind the entertaining, even if some celebs are beginning to seem a little desperate for attention, but I am so not here for their sniveling.

  4. Kkat says:

    Shut up B*#$&
    I’m currently qurentiened and sharing a room with my 15 and 24 year old sons and husband because we all have the virus and are keeping distant from my sister’s family.
    My husband is on day 16 and seems mostly better now, but I’m on day 3.

    So screw you and your mansion and all your money and fully stocked cupboards and fridge

    • Bookie says:

      Wishing you a speedy and full recovery! <3

    • vrab says:

      Be well. All the best wishes.

    • (TheOG) jan90067 says:

      Kkat, sending so many good thoughts for you and your family’s safe recovery! Hugs!

    • Jules says:

      be well, wishing you and your family a quick recovery 🙂

    • Case says:

      Wishing you well!

    • lucy2 says:

      Speedy recovery to you all!

    • lizzieb says:

      @kkat speedy recovery.take care

    • Kkat says:

      Thank you everyone! 💗
      It’s scary not knowing how bad it is going to get for me.
      My husband has had a fairly light case and so far my son’s too.
      I’m having some lung involvement sooner than my husband did.
      My sister works at a major hospital here in So California and I’m doing the recommended things. High dose vitamin C, Expectorant/decongestant every 4 hours, breathing exercises and having my kids pound my back to break up the lung crap. I’m also stretching , sitting up and walking around.

      Not letting it take over your lungs seems to be key.
      But if you don’t have medication with guaifenesin and phenylephrine (or dextromethorphan)
      Get some, because it makes a huge difference.

      Thank you all for being a bright light

      • Rene Besette says:

        i hope you feel better soon, you are in my thoughts. your family as well.

      • Susan says:

        Kkat, please make sure to open the window in your room and get some fresh air and to let the virus dissipate. A high viral load in a contained area is one of the things that can lead to a stronger case. Dr. John Campbell on YouTube has a good video on caring for sick family with the infection and he recommends airing the room out among other things.

      • Jaded says:

        Kkat – wishing you and your family a speedy recovery. After a bad bronchial/lung infection some years ago my doctor suggested adding a few drops of eucalyptus oil to a pot of boiling water and inhaling the steam to help break up the congestion. By golly it worked so if you have some or can get some you could add that to your arsenal.

      • CariBean says:

        Kkat, I sincerely wish you and your family a speedy recovery.

        Since I am unable to take either the phenylephrine or dextromethorphan, and am already immuno-compromised, I don’t even want to think what people like me would experience.

    • Mireille says:

      Sending you well wishes and thoughts. Praying for a speedy recovery for you and your family.

  5. Becks1 says:

    Yeah, this isn’t jail. Its not ideal, and I’m not having the time of my life, but its not jail.

    I don’t mind a lot of the celeb videos bc I like seeing people’s houses lol and I like seeing them without professional makeup/hair. But I haven’t seen that many overall so that may be why I haven’t reached peak annoyance with them yet.

    • Case says:

      I enjoy what a lot of celebs I follow are doing on Instagram. I like seeing their homes and it’s kinda nice that this has made them seem like real, normal people. They’re stuck inside like everyone else, so it’s sorta unifying in that way, even if their situation is much much better than most people.

      But of course these are only the people I chose to follow, so they don’t annoy me to begin with lol.

      • Jo73c says:

        Isn’t that the secret to Instagram/Twitter/Facebook though? Follow people who post stuff you like looking at. 🙂

    • bettyrose says:

      I sort of like the “we’re all in this together” element of talk show hosts and celebs broadcasting from home. But I also feel thankful every day that I’m quarantined with my significant other and we have in-home laundry. It’s not luxury but it’s sure has hell isn’t jail. I think of all the years I’ve lived with roommates, the decades of laundromats, and this small thing makes me feel so grateful. I mean, sure, an in home theater, pool, and tennis court would be nice too, but my partner’s family lives in a rural area where they barely have access to food they aren’t growing themselves right now. Gonna step away from this rant before it gets out of hand. 😛

  6. emmy says:

    Entertaining people is making the best of the situation. This is not. This is a filthy rich person moaning during a time of crisis. Imagine some dumb talk show host going on TV on September 12, 2001 to complain that they can’t get a flight.

    Some celebrities are being very quiet which is smart. If you’re super likeable like Florence Pugh, you can go on IG stories and cook and it’s fun and watchable. And on brand. Or Matthew McC and the bingo vid. That was the content we need right now. This isn’t.

    • Esmom says:

      Agreed. If she can’t manage to try to see how good she has it on behalf of her many viewers, she really should keep quiet.

      I’m in a cramped house with two angry college students whose semesters on campus got cut short and a husband visibly aging from financial stress but I can see the good — we have food, we have a roof over our heads, we have our sweet cat, we’re healthy, we have each other, we have technology to stay in touch with those we love.

      See, Ellen, it’s not that hard.

    • Eleonor says:

      Yes. Give me Matthew McC playing bingo please.

  7. Kkat says:

    I would like to thank the celebitchy writers and people posting for giving me some sanity to hang on too.
    This site is my island of escape

    • LahdidahBaby says:

      Me, too, Kkat. Good you reminded me to say it. Many thanks to Celebitchy, Kaiser, and the other writers. A visit to the Celebitchy site is social distancing without feeling any distance! Stay well, everyone–and for those who have COVID19, here’s wishing you a full and fast recovery! xxx

    • Mustlovedogs says:

      Here here Kkat!. And I do hope you are all much better and feeling well very soon. ❤️❤️

  8. LindaS says:

    Shut up Ellen. You need to go spend some time in a real jail.

  9. Sean says:

    While Ellen was most likely joking, it was very tone deaf; especially considering she’s a multi-millionaire and lives in a spacious mansion. The majority of people don’t have such resources at their disposal. Also, does she have to worry about the possibility of contracting the virus if she needs to make an emergency run to the grocery store or pharmacy? Will she have to experience empty store shelves or shortages like the rest of us?

    Thankfully, not every entertainer is like this. Several are posting fun content to social media to keep their audiences entertained or at the very least distracted from the current situation.

  10. K-Peace says:

    Um NO, never in my “darkest loneliest moments while in quarantine” did i think that “this is like jail”. I am in my own home, with my family with me, with TV to watch, internet to peruse, a phone to talk to loved ones on, good food to eat, books to read, games to play, a backyard to go outside in, a deck to sit in the sun on, puzzles to do, my own bed to sleep in…..I could go on & on & on. This is absolutely NOTHING like jail. Believe me, i know; i spent 4 months & 1 day in jail, in 2011. Jail is HELL. (I was addicted to prescription painkillers, altered a prescription, got arrested, and my family decided to leave me in there so i could detox & “learn a lesson”.) In fact, i find it extremely offensive that anybody with even a fraction of the things i listed above, would say it was “like jail”.—ESPECIALLY someone in a huge multi-million dollar mansion. People need to get a grip and be thankful for what they have!! For cripe sakes, we have a world full of people dying horrific deaths, people deathly ill & fighting for their lives, first responders risking their lives to take care of us all…. Ellen (and many other people) REALLY need to STFU with their complaining.

  11. MaryContrary says:

    Did you see Mark Wahlberg’s wife posting about how “bored” she is? What the actual f? How privileged and out of touch do you have to be to be posting crap like this? I remind my kids all the time about how effing fortunate we are to be in a nice house, in a neighborhood that we can still go out and walk around in, with plenty of food, internet, and our fricking HEALTH, for god’s sake. There are people who are dying away from their families/are sick/have lost their jobs/don’t have safe drinking water and are completely on the brink of financial ruin. How DARE these celebs post about being “in jail” or “bored”?!

    • Nikki* says:


    • Xo says:

      You’re right, of course. There is much to be grateful for.

      Having said that, I am an extreme introvert & I’ve learnt something about different personality types in my attempt to better understand our differences.

      This is hard on extroverts, man.

    • lucy2 says:

      Ugh, that’s awful, and so is this nonsense from Ellen. You’re not in jail, you’re not bored, you’re SAFE at home because other people are out there on the front lines fighting this, and you’re staying home to help THEM.
      Even if you are bored or feel jailed, if you’re a celebrity in a huge mansion with all the privilege in the world, FFS don’t put it out there on the internet!!!

      I do appreciate the musicians and talk show hosts and such who are trying to provide some entertainment with their from-home shows and mini-concerts and such. But the ones out there complaining need to STFU.

    • LahdidahBaby says:


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  13. Dragonlady sakura says:

    My job is labeled essential, so I don’t know what a quarantine even is! I wish I didn’t fear for my health and my family’s leaving my house to go to work. Stay safe everyone.

    • Bookie says:

      You too, Dragonlady! <3

    • Allz says:

      Mine was too for awhile and man did it make me frustrated seeing how “bored” people were! I had wished I could be “bored” instead of fearing for my life. I don’t think people truly understand what that feels like, and I don’t even have an important job on the frontlines like grocery store workers, nurses, or janitors. People need to go outside their damn bubble and realize no one cares that you’re bored.

    • Nikki* says:

      Best wishes to all people who have to work outside the home, as well as to people who’ve been furloughed and are scared how they’re going to pay for essentials. Boredom is such an upper-class “problem”.

      • Maybe Ellen should do something humanitarian during this crisis, and visit a “real jail” and do a little comedy, or just talk to the people in there. Of course, she should wear protective gear. Imo, I think there should be a lot of early releases for non-violent offenders. Keep an ankle monitor if necessary. We have too many prisoners for profit anyway. This country is starting to suck more and more. Trouble is I don’t know where my country would be, and how I could afford to get there. Hope all of you are doing well and if you’re not, please take care of yourself and get better soon.

      • ➕💯 Nikki. I read yesterday that grocery store workers are now starting to test positive. Nevada finally shut down golf course play yesterday as the standing far apart and one cart, one person rules were just to hard to follow for so many golfers. I am so grateful for those like —-DragonLady Sakura — in first responder roles, healthcare, and essential services and I try to be grateful each day the relative ease in which my husband and I are self isolating. 🙏

    • lizzieb says:

      Thanks for being frontline. We appreciate you

  14. Jamie says:

    “everyone here is gay.”
    Huh? What kind of comment is that? Is she saying everyone in jail is gay??

    What is wrong with her?

    • Sarah says:

      Yeah that part of the comment is a whole other kind of problematic. Yikes.

    • Pepper says:

      I think she is referring to the culture that reportedly develops in prison, due to frustration and for lack of other choice. But even that is inappropriate given the circumstances under which this develop and the fact that rape is used as a form of intimidation and power (Shawshank Redemption??)

    • stormsmama says:

      Yeah its not a good joke first an foremost so…

      but i will say there a lots of great artists showing their true beauty and sharing and caring and baring their souls to connect with people, TO HELP

      I saw quickly (in the beginning she was making fun of Portia and Portias cooking) that she wouldn’t “survive” this pandemic- there are plenty of HUGE celebs who can’t help but try, and Ellen is numero uno, she had to try but ultimately with out the help of writers and producers and “everyday people” her true colors are on display, and she is just TOO far removed from reality and has so little humanity these days…

      On the other hand- if you are looking for JOY inspiration and hope
      these are instagrams worth following:
      Dnice for music
      Vincent D’nofrio is doing monologues *swoon*
      @GetaloadofNow (dan lubell) is making hilarity out of melancholy amidst parenting
      Pamela Sztybel is creating art each day as a “headline” to show where we are and it is STUNNING!!
      Kira Stokes is doing free workouts and also showing lots of cool exercises that help build strength that you can incorporate into your own life in your own way
      FDNY is posting updates and highlighting heroes among them
      Robert Reich gives politics a blunt and much needed truth serum
      the Daily Show with Trevor Noah is delivering smart and resonant comedy and news
      Bob Weir has started Weir Wednesdays
      @thiswashollywood is still giving great glimpses into the history of films past
      leonard cohen has great classic pics of LC with song quotes
      and Id be remiss if i didn’t mention the comedic hero @kellybachman who (in)famously called out Harvey Weinstein as the elephant rapist in the room at the comedy showcase a few moths ago. She is AMAZING and bringing her most creative self to her quarantine

      Bye bye Ellen

  15. ChillyWilly says:

    Come on, Ellen! Even my 700 sq. ft. 100 year old RENTED bungalow doesn’t feel like jail. She has completely lost touch with reality.

    • lizzieb says:

      Truth. Even my small one bedroom apartment is not jail. Am managing to work (a fortunate and working from home. Not everyone has been fortunate

  16. Case says:

    Some celebrities have been so lovely and down-to-earth during this time, while others have been like…this. I realize she’s making a (bad) joke, but seriously, I’m so tired of privileged people complaining about staying home (I live in a small condo and consider myself among those privileged folks). I realize this is hard on everyone’s mental health, mine included. Beyond that — I count my blessings every day that I have a stocked pantry, a comfortable home, pets, people to talk to through text or FaceTime, books, video games, entertainment via subscriptions, and my health. So many people don’t have one or all of those things and I feel so lucky. How can these celebrities not realize how lucky they are to be quarantining in their mansions with their expansive gardens, entertainment rooms, pools, etc.?

    • KellyRyan says:

      Me too Case. Full pantry, warm home, snow for three days, husband and I were cooking together this am, friends, family, and we’re both healthy, baking bread for neighbors.

  17. Leah says:

    Ellen has been Capitalizing on the quarantine by cashing money from Purple Carrot by using her wife Portia in her own kitchen. Her friendships with Republicans really start to make sense. I’ve been done with Ellen for a while, but that pushed it over the edge.

  18. KellyRyan says:

    The only celebs in the US I’m interested in are those devoting time and money to help those in need. Group photos in mansions, whining, etc., No.

  19. Nina Simone says:

    Celebrities are imploding. A lot of them are realizing that in the grand scheme of things, they are actually valueless. They are seeking attention in any way possible. I urge those of us at home now not to engage but use this opportunity to develop skills, read etc and do things you’ve never had the time to. I’ve started baking! I’m feeling accomplished and it’s boosting my morale.
    If there’s one thing this crisis has taught us all is there needs to be a revaluation of the people we glorify in society. The doctors, nurses, teachers, grocery store workers etc are the true heroes of society and deserve to always be celebrated and not only in a crisis. And paid thusly !

  20. Nic919 says:

    I have been watching Colbert, Conan and Trevor Noah and they have managed to be funny and not whine about being in their mansion. (To be Fair I don’t think Trevor Noah is in a mansion but a NY apt). You can be funny and not be an out of touch ass. Sadly Ellen isn’t one of those people.

  21. Arb says:

    Being Ellen is probably a little like being in jail. She can’t escape her own bad attitude about everything.

    • lucy2 says:

      You know, that’s a good point. She is not a happy person, given the rumors of how she treats people, and this sort of isolation and disruption from the regular routine can bring out a lot of self reflection. She probably can’t wait to get away from herself and have other people to yell at.
      But don’t put it out there like this. No one wants to hear people like her complaining.

  22. Jackie O'Glasses says:

    Meanwhile, John Prine is gone from this earth and people like her continue to bitch.

    • Mellie says:

      Agree, this sucks…depressed the hell out of me. What a genius we lost.

    • Jaded says:

      IKR…I saw him many times in the past, he really was an exceptional talent.

    • So agree with all of you on John Prine. I had the great privilege of catching his gig 3 different times and his songs — filled with humor and pain in the midst of daily life —- were so good. He will be missed.

  23. Polly says:

    I’ve been enjoying Florence Pugh’s cooking videos. She’s fun and charismatic – and that kitchen is to die for! I’m assuming it’s Zach Braffs? Well he has excellent taste in kitchens.

    • Valerie says:

      Her stories have been super cute! I like her honeybee apron.

      • HMC says:

        I am enjoying Jeffrey Dean Morgan. He posts on Twitter and IG about his farm, introducing us all to the animals, taking his daughter on a ride through mud puddles (super cute). Ellen can go outside and start a garden. Or take up topiary or something to relieve herself of her boredom.

  24. Alexis says:

    It’s far more problematic to me that she insinuates prison causes homosexuality across the board. EVERYONE in jail/prison is gay?? Fuck you. Does this fool think she can say that because she is gay? I feel like a straight person would have been dragged harder. I’m a defense attorney that represents inmates and her comment makes me ill.

    • Marjorie says:

      I came here to post just that. If Jimmy Kimmel for instance said that he’d have to apologize.

      I kind of stopped liking her when she said it’s ok for her to hang out with George Bush.

  25. Nikki* says:

    My nephew is in jail in NY, and every day I’m worried for him. Everyone there is just waiting to get it.

    • Kitkatdanke says:

      I’m so sorry. I hope you and him are able to keep in touch regularly, and I hope he is safe and healthy <3

  26. Dazed and Confused says:

    AwakenWithJP just posted a wonderful YouTube video called “What Celebrities are Like During Quarantine” that highlights the tone deaf nature of celebs right now. I don’t know if I can include links here but he’s easy to find on YouTube.

  27. S says:


    Yes, being trapped in your fabulous mansion on your lavish estate is exactly like being in a 6×6 cell. Totally.

    We have a LOT less than Ellen, but every time one of my kids tells me they’re “bored” I hand them the vacuum or a bottle of Windex and tell them how incredibly lucky they are to live a large house, with a yard, thousands of entertainment options, super-fast Internet and a flipping swimming pool, for goodness sakes. And how amazingly blessed they are to have two healthy parents who can still afford to give them all of it. If I was a TV mom this story would end up with me saying, ‘And that shuts them up and they never say it again,’ But this is real life and my kids are, well, kids, and it often just leads to increased whining and flopping about, with any lesson eventually learned, seemingly quickly forgotten by the next day when they’re once again whinging about being “soooo bored.”

    But, hey, at least I try.

  28. K says:

    As an essential worker working in constant contact with doctors… I can’t. So tone deaf.

  29. Brianna says:

    Tone deaf our of touch millionairs like Ellen are not only ignorant but privileged ass##ls

  30. lowercaselila says:

    Since I began my self quarantine, I have been following Social media more and what I have found is the ridiculous ignorance and out of touch behavior being shown by some celebs. It is not shocking to me. Many are scared they will become irrelevant, so look at me. It only strengthens my belief the only way to economic, social and health equality is vote Trump out and all his sycophants out like , Mitch and Lindsey. Vote Blue in November.

  31. AppleTartin says:

    It’s not like these people started out mega-rich but oh how fast they forget. I have spent the last 3 weeks in quarantine in my apt. With a toddler that lives above me built like a tank that runs a marathon. And when not running, making my whole apartment shake she’s scream crying. And below me the girl thinks she is a DJ and i have a booming base going on. I will trade Ellen’s jail for mine any day of the week.

  32. February Pisces says:

    All celebrities need to stay quiet about how difficult they are finding isolation. Of course everyone is feeling it, but the reality is I don’t have anytime to feel sorry for someone who is isolating in a huge mansion with lots of land to run around in. I don’t usually go hard on celebs, I think if you’ve earned your money go and enjoy it. However at the moment I live in a house with multiple people, with the living room being turned into a home office, so I can’t even sit in it. everyone is just trying to find their own space. Not to mention the neighbors kids (who are lovely children) are constantly playing outside screaming the whole day long. A nice big mansion or a country estate would do me just fine at the minute, I fact if I lived in one I would probably self isolate all the time.

  33. Valiantly Varnished says:

    Yes Karen,
    Being in your mansion with access to whatever you need is EXACTLY like prison.

  34. Katrine Troelsen says:

    Danish prisons are cozy (cable tv etc etc) and so I feel like its fair to compare quarantine in Denmark in modest living situations with Danish jail – but not in the US where prison seems HARD.

    And obviously it becomes stupider when the living is not modest but is that of a super millionaire….

  35. ME says:

    Let’s ask the homeless people in countries like India how this quarantine is? They rely on the kindness of strangers for food. Everyone is inside, therefore these people aren’t eating. Ellen lives in a mansion, probably has an assistant do her grocery shopping for her. She lives in a warm place like California. She can relax by her damn pool.

    By the way who is that dude on the other side of the glass? That seems creepy lol.

  36. Mrs. Peel says:

    I’d rather be in actual jail then spend even a minute isolating with Ellen. Eff her.

  37. Lady Keller says:

    Boo hoo. How terrible it must be to be locked in your mansion with your lush green grounds and millions of dollars on the bank. I wonder if she’s willing to trade?

  38. Lisa says:

    So tone deaf.

  39. Kelly says:

    My son is in jail in Mississippi. 150 men in one room, a warehouse where the beds are a few inches apart. Staffing is at 50% so there is NO yard call, no fresh air. I have no desire to pile on to a celebrity being tone deaf, but jeepers this made me seethe. Rich people, why not use some of that isolation to make the world a better place, like thinking of ways to use your money and influence to change sentencing laws, and making prisons less dangerous.

  40. Le4Frimaire says:

    Ellen is peak privilege and should stick with her day job. She should donate soap to prisons since most correctional facilities do not provide soap, even during this crisis.I swear people like her and Chrissy Teigan act like they live in a studio apartment and don’t know that books exist. At least her house is way more stylish than a lot of other celebs with their plain white walls and bare floors. I swear these people should swatch paint if they’re so bored. Also, Ellen renovates and sells houses on the side. Remember her spending time with Harry, Meghan and Archie at Frogmore? Wonder if she’s their housing hook up. Private sale, no realtors need to be involved. Hmmm

  41. paddingtonjr says:

    Stop, Ellen, just freakin’ stop. There was a time, back in the 90s, when I thought Ellen was funny. I enjoyed her sitcom in the beginning; then thought it got a bit preachy but chalked it up to her figuring out who she was an out lesbian, so moved on. I never really got into her talk show, but just got frustrated with her when she made such a big deal about the shelter taking back a dog she had given to a staffer (even though Ellen signed a contract when she adopted the dog that stated she would not give the dog away without notifying the shelter). But she has shown that she is a mean bully completely out of touch with the world her fans live in.

    Is the current situation ideal? No, of course not. But the majority of the population, celebrity or not, have risen to the occasion and tried to go on as normally as they can. People have put out funny videos, held virtual happy hours and generally tried to keep people connected. I haven’t seen my husband in more than a month because we were both on work travel when the first stirrings occurred. He was on a humanitarian mission to visit actual prisoners in an Iranian jail; luckily he was able to make it home soon after, but had to go into isolation almost immediately. I was planning to return to DC from LA in late March, but that has been postponed because of travel and health issues. Because his ex-wife works in an essential business and my in-laws have a nice-sized house with a yard and pool, it was decided that my step-children would stay with them for the duration. So, I will miss two major holidays with my family: Persian New Year and Easter. I consider myself lucky, though: I have stayed healthy, I can easily work from my (temporary) home and I don’t know anyone who has gotten the virus or lost their jobs. The weather has been nice, food and necessities are available and I can go for walks outside or exercise inside.

    The current situation may be frustrating or annoying, but it is temporary and, in time, things will work out. There are people who are really in jail, really have no freedom, really have mental and physical issues, and really have no resources to help themselves. If you have a roof over your head, clothes to wear, food in your cupboard and are healthy, you are blessed. Hey Ellen, how about a little appreciation for what you do have rather than complaining about you feel you don’t have?

  42. Mb33 says:

    did anyone see that “Imagine” video floating around with all the celebrities singing it? it’s SO tone deaf it hurts, I get it probably came from a good place trying to make people feel better, but it just is bad bad bad I don’t know who thought that would be a good idea. These rich celebrities in their mansions oh my gosh.

  43. Sof says:

    Conan O’Brien made a video making fun of celebrities who live in mansions and tell the rest of the world that staying at home is not a big deal.
    Personally I’m starting to feel trapped, but still, being locked in your house is nothing like a jail!

  44. Kathy Kack says:

    My dear friend worked on her show as a PA a couple of years ago. She is a NIGHTMARE to work for.
    Total. Narcissistic. Asshole.

    • AppleTartin says:

      Greg Fitzsimmons talked about working for Ellen. She was a bitch to him. He wrote the majority of her monologues for her. He was straight shamed openly. And she fired him and wasn’t allowed to be on stage for the Emmy she won from his writing.

    • I used to work for someone with a similar personality. If you were rich, famous, or of use or interest to her ——-whoa, it was all peace, love, generosity, and sunshine. However, once she was just with her worker bees, man she turned into a monster. It was like Jekyll and Hyde. I was fortunate to bail early on that job. If Ellen is truly like this —- and it seems like there is more and more solid anecdotal evidence that she is —- then she’s a very unpleasant employer.

  45. Aimee says:

    Who the hell is that creepy person in the background in that first shot???

  46. NVYwife says:

    You’re in jail!?! I’m in a one bedroom apartment in a foreign country that has shut down it’s only airport. And driving to surrounding countries is. Not. An. Option. Oh and the area I live in has been isolated. Meaning no one comes in or out. The military has barricaded us in a two large block radius. And they gave us no notice and won’t let any supplies come in. So we have very small stores (think of bodegas in NYC) and that’s it. Once that runs out of food, we’re screwed. Can I trade your jail for mine Ellen?

  47. Valerie says:

    I can’t stand her. I’m absolutely NOT into conspiracy theories by any means, but if it turned out that she was actually involved in shady shit and was on house arrest, I wouldn’t be surprised.

  48. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I think she knows exactly what she said and had ulterior motives for saying it. She doesn’t host a family-friendly talk show for YEARS and not know what to say and when to say it.

  49. Jaded says:

    Well Ellen you seem to have your head shoved so far up your ass that you’ve become blind. You live in a massive, beautiful mansion. You have a loving wife preparing meals (a wife you routinely make fun of), lots of pets, books, music, you can skype or zoom or facetime, you can write new stuff for your show. And yet you’re bitching about it.

    Why don’t you turn some of that anger and self-pity into doing some good – sending hospitals big cheques – go on, you can afford it. Why don’t you do PSA’s on behalf of other organizations actively working to bring food, medicine, money and shelter to the tens of thousands who now have none? Do you understand how frightening it is to not know where your next meal is coming from?

    Success has evidently turned you into selfish, narcissistic egomaniac.

  50. Taya says:

    She sounds like my aunt. Who said she felt like a prisoner. Yeah, a prisoner who is trapped in a California beach house being waited on hand and foot. I set her straight and she promptly told me that I was the worst one out of all her nieces and nephews.

  51. Desdemona says:

    First world problems from rich people…

  52. DiegoInSF says:

    I’m not a Stan of her after her defenses of Bush and Kevin Hart but I really don’t like the “you can’t complain because someone has it worse” line of thinking. I miss getting boba, coffee, going out dancing, just going to restaurants, I feel trapped and frustrated, that’s just being human. We can complain about our situation even though we have privileges, not down for the oppression olympics.

    • Case says:

      I get what you mean completely, and I think a lot of us miss those luxuries too (I sure do!). I think the problem is less that people have it worse and more that she literally compared her mansion to prison without any thought of how truly wonderful she has it.

      Everyone is allowed to feel scared and lonely and frustrated and trapped right now, of course. But I think it’s tone deaf to know you’re a wealthy person with a huge home and complain about your living situation.

      • POTATO says:

        I was going to reply something similar to the comments above. Let’s not ignore the impact that these response measures will have on mental health and social wellbeing. Domestic violence is increasing, people are separated from their families, losing their jobs etc. Staying home is easier than being on the frontline, but it can still be tough.

        Completely agree that several celebrity statements are tone deaf and this pandemic has highlighted so many inequalities that I hope we won’t be forgetting so easily once this is over.

    • Jules says:

      um, then maybe it is time to stop and reassess exactly what you are complaining about, when those around you may be sick and dying.

  53. Michelle says:

    I hate Ellen & wish all the talk show hosts would give it a rest & just piss off. Ellen has always been fake, along with all her phoney ass friends. If one good thing come from this?is how unimportant are celebs. The thirst with some is beyond cringeworthy.

  54. What an $#%hole

  55. K says:

    Ellen doesn’t have a good gauge on what’s funny or relatable anymore. She’s kind of turned into this defensive, out-of-touch old grump. Enjoy your millions, Ellen, sorry your life is so comfortable that it’s boring. We’re all a little bored, but most of us are also terrified on top of that since we can’t afford to be out of work or sick.

  56. Sofia says:

    My house is like 1/80th the cost of Ellen’s, yet I would still never refer to it as “a prison”. I know how fortunate I am to have a roof over my head and a stable job, even if I don’t make millions. It also irks me when middle class people refer to themselves as “poor”, even if it’s just as a joke.

  57. vesper says:

    Yeah for all the good celebs out there holding it down on the internet, (Trevor Noah, David Spade, the whole cast of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist) there are a bunch of opportunistic douches, (ALL the Kardashians, Tori Spelling, Kevin Hart…etc) who are juust out there with their fake outrage just trying to sell us crap we don’t need and can’t even afford! If I see one more ad for SKIMS I’m going to just lose it. My only recourse at this point is to not follow any of these capitalist trolls.

  58. SJR says:

    Millionaire is whining about her so called problems.
    Zero sympathy for self involved, tone deaf Ellen.

    No Ellen. Being poverty level, or out of work worried how to feed your kids, homeless, disabled, alone with no family, dementia patients, health care workers, grocery store clerks who make minimum wage with no health insurance…these people have problems. Not you Ellen.

    Ellen certainly has a short memory to back when she was a struggling stand up comedian, doesn’t she?

    Disgusting behavior on her part.

  59. Leah says:

    Beverly Hills mansion > Alcatraz prison cell. *eye roll*

    She should be grateful she has a roof because some people don’t even have that. I’m grateful for my apt, it’s small but it’s home and it’s quarantine for now. I’m grateful that I’m allowed to work from home.

  60. No Doubt says:

    God too many celebs, politicians and rich people are tone-deaf. Be more like Matthew McConaghy, Cuomo or Bill Gates.

  61. Meowbea says:

    This is so annoying. Celebrities need to have self-awareness during this time. They live in huge mansions and can get any type of food catered to them. They can go outside because they have massive backyards with pools state of the art gyms etc. They need to shut the hell up seriously.

  62. June says:

    I am pretty much leading my regular life. Go walking in my local park early every AM. If I see two or more people, I change directions. I wear a mask everywhere outside my door. Wash them daily, keep up a rotation of them. Love being at home-no mask. Started Container gardening on my balcony. Filling it with plants and planting seeds. Those plants are cheering me up.
    Better than the daily Trump nightmare.
    Not slamming Ellen, but I doubt she has ever been in jail. The staying home thing bothers some people more than others. Those of us who lead more self contained lives aren’t suffering. Social people call all their friends and family all day.