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Mariah Carey recalls infamous time Ellen DeGeneres forced her to reveal a pregnancy she later miscarried

Josh Milton August 31, 2020
Mariah Carey (L) broke her silence in a recent interview about her time on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. (Getty)

Mariah Carey (L) broke her silence in a recent interview about her time on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. (Getty)

Mariah Carey has broken her silence about a 2008 interview with Ellen DeGeneres in which the host pushed the pop queen into revealing a pregnancy she later miscarried.

Mariah Carey breaks silence on infamous Ellen DeGeneres interview when she was pushed into revealing pregnancy she later miscarried

Carey, 50, told Vulture that her time on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, in which DeGeneres pressured her to sip champagne to “toast not being pregnant”, as “extremely uncomfortable”.

“I wasn’t ready to tell anyone because I had had a miscarriage,” the singer said. “I don’t want to throw anyone that’s already being thrown under any proverbial bus, but I didn’t enjoy that moment.”

DeGeneres, the 62-year-old powerhouse of WarnerBros Media, has taken several drubbings in the last year. From her friendship with George W Bush to her tone-deaf joke about the coronavirus pandemic, many start have begun to review her show’s back catalogue for evidence of her “toxicity”.

Mariah Carey wishes more ’empathy’ was considered during infamous Ellen DeGeneres interview.

One interview which became a lightning rod for criticism was one in which DeGeneres asked Carey to confirm or deny tabloid rumours that she was pregnant with her then-husband Nick Cannon’s child.

During the chat, the daytime talk show host refused to let Carey change the topic. She then offered her a glass of champagne, which Carey pretended to sip.

When DeGeneres spotted this, she shouted: “You are pregnant!”

Indeed, Carey was pregnant, she revealed in 2010. She miscarried, however, shortly after the interview with DeGeneres.

“I was extremely uncomfortable with that moment is all I can say,” the hitmaker recalled.

“And I really have had a hard time grappling with the aftermath.”

Carey added that she wished “empathy” had “been implemented” during the interview. “What am I supposed to do?” she said, “It’s like: ‘What are you going to do?'”

Ellen DeGeneres has long been viewed as a television oasis. She sings. She dances. She smiles. All fake and nothing more than an act, former and current staffers, audience members and even show guests have alleged.

As the façade of niceness continues to crack at her namesake talk show, DeGeneres has faced a torrent of criticism. All serving to drive a wedge between DeGeneres and the reputation she has spent decades curating.

More: Ellen DeGeneres, Mariah Carey, The Ellen DeGeneres Show

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