Kristen Bell: Dax broke bones in his hand offroading and was too scared to tell me

Kristen Bell does those cringey “momsplaining” segments on Ellen still. Some of the new ones were taped before lockdown as they include non-social distancing. She had a few with Ellen’s hapless producer, Andy, which were so hard to watch. That poor guy was so flustered! In the one I saw they tried to give the “where babies come from” talk to kids. You guys owe me for watching that! Kristen seems to be completely on board with Ellen’s type of humor making people uncomfortable. Her interview with Ellen was just OK. I got the sense that she was mirroring Ellen’s demeanor, if that makes sense, because she came across a lot like Ellen. Here’s some of what she said.

On why Dax is wearing is cast on his lower left arm
He went on an essential off-roading trip right when quarantine began. It was by himself. He was off-roading in the mountains and he had a buddy with him, but they were in separate off-road vehicles. He got to the edge of a cliff [and] he’s very embarrassed about this injury because the cardinal rule is you don’t put your hands on the roll cage or outside the car at any time. He was sitting on the edge of a cliff and he put his hand up just to look out and the weight of his arm tipped his Polaris Rzr over and don’t get injured when you’re inside them, but it did crush all the bones in his hand.

Last week he had seven pins put in. Last week one of them started to eject itself from his cast. He [asked his doctor if he could pull the pin out] and [he did]. [Ed note: They showed the video it was gross]. Now he’s a doctor.

On how she reacted when Dax told her
He didn’t call me, he drove home [with one hand]. The first thing he said when he walked in the door was ‘I don’t want to be in trouble.’ Which is crazy because he’s never in trouble with me. I mean, I’ll let you know if I’m disappointed in your actions but I’m an adult, and he’s an adult said ‘You’re not in trouble, but it’s not the smartest move you could have made.’

On the foster dog, Frank, she got a year ago and decided to adopt
He wouldn’t be more than a foot away from me. He was so into me, but it wasn’t out of nerves. When this dog stares at me I know he’s looking at me with bedroom eyes. He’s in love with me. I just [had] to keep him. He follows me around absolutely everywhere looking at me with sex in his eyes. This dog is going to murder me one day.

[From two videos on The Ellen Show's Youtube]

That story about Dax not telling her about smashing his hand is telling, isn’t it? It kind of speaks to their relationship. I also found it so weird how she talked about her dog. The dog is attached to you, it doesn’t have bedroom eyes!

Kristen is promoting her children’s book, The World Needs More Purple People, which is out next month. She says it’s about similarities, trust and inclusion instead of differences and divisiveness. She said “we don’t walk into rooms thinking we have enemies, we walk into rooms thinking we have friends.”

Here’s the first part of Kristen’s interview. The second part, where she talks about her dog, is here.

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  1. Nev says:


  2. I pet goat 2 says:

    How is the association to bedroom eyes murder?? 😳

  3. Jem says:

    Is there any way, in any realm, that she can ever stop talking? She is PAINFUL.

  4. Case says:

    On top of all the other nonsense they pull, it’s sad they have the kind of relationship where he was afraid to tell his wife he injured himself. Oy.

  5. Quincytoo says:

    I would be so ashamed of myself if my husband had injured himself and was too afraid to tell me
    She’s painful

    • Mara says:

      It could be worse, he could be like the guy in Armando Iannucci’s sketch show – Look up ‘The Armando Iannucci Shows – DIY Disaster’ on YouTube for a surreal lampooning of male pride.

    • Embee says:

      I listen to his podcast so I have a bit of perspective on this. Dax was a “it’s just the flu” Corona person, but KBell took it really seriously from the jump. Lockdown started whilst he was on a cross country road trip with a buddy, and she made him quarantine when he got back. He was really dismissive of the pandemic for a WHILE. I am guessing he was afraid to tell her because his carelessness put additional stress onto an already-stressed healthcare system, and Kristen would tell him so.

  6. K says:

    Their relationship is not funny or relatable at all if that’s what they’re going for… it just sounds so unhealthy.

  7. Jules says:

    these two are still together?

  8. bobafelty says:

    He’s so afraid of her reaction that he felt he had to keep an injury a secret from her. When one partner lies and hides things all to avoid the reactionary behavior of the other partner…that’s a really messed up relationship.

  9. KL says:

    I mean, if the relationship works for them, it works for them.

    But it does feel like they’re playing into a lot of heterosexual stereotypes about a hyper-competent woman married to virtual man-child whose partnership is based in mutual frustration, not support. And I say “playing into” because they very much commodify their relationship. I feel like once you package something and sell it, even a very personal connection between two people, the general audience is allowed to inspect it and go, “Is this really a good idea? Seems like it could make some people sick.”

    Baseline: hiding a major injury because you’re scared of your partner’s anger has, uh, roots in much more troubling dynamics than “goofball idiot husband,” and I wish it hadn’t been made into a joke for a TV program.

  10. Izzy says:

    Imagine going on TV and telling the entire world just how much your relationship sucks.

  11. square_bologna says:

    They exhaust me. I get that relationships take work, but theirs seems like a never-ending slog, with loads of therapy so they can tolerate each other. That’s my impression of it anyway. I wonder if it really needs to be this hard, if it’s their pre-existing issues making things difficult, or if maybe they just, despite their best efforts, don’t like each other that much.

  12. JJ McClay says:

    I’ve realised that when I talk to my friends, and we’re chatting relationship stuff, I only talk about my husband and me having conflicts. Retelling an argument is more interesting and often there’s a funny aspect. It makes for a better story! We actually don’t argue that much at all, but if you listened to me talking over a glass of wine, I’d unconsciously make it sound like we did……. I wonder if that’s what these guys do, knowingly or unknowingly? Conflict narratives are easy to tell, you can add humour in, and maybe they think it makes them more relatable than, “Hi Ellen, we’ve had a great week in our mansion. How about you?”

  13. L says:

    She sees nothing wrong with telling him it wasn’t smart???? Uh maybe he doesn’t want to be shamed and that’s what he means by “in trouble”. I would be so upset if my partner was uncomfortable telling me something for fear of “getting in trouble”, that’s not what partnership is supposed to be

  14. GoogleIt says:

    These are two of the most selfish and dysfunctional people and they deserve each other. He believes he is smarter than everyone else and she lies all the time, like when she says he is never in trouble with her when she recently said how they didn’t speak for days because they were so mad at each other. Nice that she got a plug in for his sponsor Polaris so they could make some money off the interview and following articles.

  15. K says:

    I wish she would talk about literally anything besides her family. It’s really not as cute as they think it is. But I’m not watching that clip anyway because it’s Ellen who I’m boycotting too now.