- Emily Ratajkowski commented on a resurrected 2012 Taylor Swift interview on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”
- The “Gone Girl” star said she was “so sorry,” noting Swift told the host to stop
- DeGeneres flashed pictures of celebrities and asked Swift to “ring a bell” every time she saw a picture of a man she dated
Emily Ratajkowski called out Ellen DeGeneres for her treatment of Taylor Swift during a 2012 interview after the clip recently resurfaced on social media.
“This is so crazy. She’s literally begging her to stop,” the 31-year-old model commented on a clip of Swift’s interview on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” that has since gone viral on TikTok.
In the clip, which was uploaded by TikTok user thatnostalgicgirl Friday, Swift, now 33, appeared uncomfortable as she sat on a chair across from DeGeneres, now 64, as the host openly speculated about the pop star’s dating life.
DeGeneres flashed pictures of famous men, including Taylor Lautner, Justin Bieber, Joe Jonas and Justin Timberlake, on the screen behind them and told Swift to “ring a bell” every time the singer saw a picture of one of the men she dated.
However, Swift did not call. Instead, she begged DeGeneres to stop, telling the TV host she wanted to keep “the one shred of dignity I have.”
“I will not [do it]. They’ll send me angry emails and I won’t get them,” the “Anti-Hero” singer explained.
DeGeneres decided to hold the bell for Swift and rang it when Bieber’s and Jonas’ photos flashed on the screen. The host called back when Timberlake’s snap with Swift was shown, but the singer said, “We didn’t date.” Swift also said the same when she saw a photo of herself with Ashton Kutcher.
When a photo of Cory Monteith appeared, Swift told the host, “Why are you doing this?” But DeGeneres called and the slideshow continued to show Rob Lowe’s photo.
“Stop it, stop it, stop it!” Swift exclaimed. “This makes me feel so bad about myself. Every time I come here, you put another guy up there on the screen, and it just makes me question what I stand for as a human being.”
Years later, Swift apparently spoke out about the interview without naming DeGeneres.
During a 2019 conversation with Apple Beats’ Zane Lowe, the “Shake It Off” singer recounted how interviewers reduced her to the men she dated in the early years of her career.
“When I was like 23, there were people who just reduced me to – kind of made slideshows of my dating life and put people where I’d sat next to at a party once and decided my songwriting was like a trick rather than a skill and a craft,” Swift told Lowe, Page Six reported.
She continued, “It’s a way of taking a woman who does her job and succeeds in doing her job and making things, and it’s kind of figuring out how to completely minimize that skill.”