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Ellen DeGeneres is already battling controversy weeks after show’s return

Ellen DeGeneres

Her show has only been back a few weeks, and already Ellen DeGeneres is involved in yet more backlash after grilling Justin Bieber on when he and wife Hailey will have children.

Having battled controversy after controversy this year, DeGeneres has stirred up more drama over her treatment of Bieber in an episode of The Ellen Degeneres Show‘s 18th season.

Her line of questioning began when she asked Bieber: “How many kids are you going to have and when?”

The singer responded: “I’m going to have as many as Hailey is wishing to push out. I’d love to have myself a little tribe. But, yeah, it’s her body and whatever she wants to do.”

He said that the couple want a “few” children, but DeGeneres kept pushing, asking: “What are you all waiting for? You know you love kids. You’re so good with kids. What’s the holdup?”

Appearing uncomfortable, Bieber, 26, said of his wife who is 24 years old: “I think the issue – there’s not really an issue, but I think Hailey still has some things she wants to accomplish as a woman.

“And I think she just wants to – yeah, I think she just is not ready yet, and I think that’s okay.”

Viewers took to social media to criticise the interview, pointing out that for many, children and fertility can be a very sensitive topic.

One wrote: “Okay so I don’t follow their drama or whatever but Ellen was grilling Justin Bieber about when he and Hailey are gonna have kids and like…COULD ELLEN NOT?!?!?!”

STOP DOING THIS,” said another. “Seriously, it’s uncomfortable, especially if someone WANTS one but can’t or has had a miscarriage, etc. There’s more to being married or in a long term relationship than having babies. Stop asking.” 

One person tweeted: “Wow. Even if you think it’s funny, it’s not. What if they had been trying and didn’t want to talk about it? Can we stop asking families when they’re going to have kids?”

Others recalled a 2008 interview with Mariah Carey on DeGeneres’s show, in which the host pushed the pop queen into revealing a pregnancy she later miscarried, pressuring her to sip champagne to “toast not being pregnant”.

One person wrote: “I thought Ellen had learned her lesson… By the awkwardness seen in Justin Bieber’s face, you crossed the line again, like with Mariah Carey.” 

Ellen DeGeneres thanks ‘amazing staff’ and fans for ‘sticking by’ her while accepting People’s Choice award

Ellen DeGeneres thanks 'amazing staff' and fans for 'sticking by'

Ellen DeGeneres has thanked her “amazing” fans and staff for standing by her after scandal enveloped her TV show.

The comic was forced to make drastic behind-the-scenes changes on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, sacking three key producers after a damning investigation exposed an alleged toxic work environment and a culture of fear and bullying.

Network executives were reported to have considered cancelling the show amid a stream of negative headlines, including many about DeGeneres – who was accused of being  “one of the meanest people alive” away from the cameras.

Talk show host says she ‘thanks staff for what they do every single day’.

Despite the controversy, the embattled host picked up the best daytime talk show award at the E! People’s Choice Awards on Sunday (November 15), acknowledging the behind-the-scenes issues.

She said: “I am not only accepting this award for myself but on behalf of my amazing crew and staff who make the show possible.

“They show up every single day, they give 100 percent of themselves, 100 percent of the time.”

DeGeneres continued: “I love them all, and I thank them for what they do every single day to help that show be the best that we try to make it every single day.

“I know this award comes from the people, and I say thank you to all of my fans for supporting me, for sticking by me.

“I can’t tell you how grateful I am and what this means to me, it’s more than I could possibly tell you, especially right now.”

She joked of the trophy at the socially-distanced ceremony: “I’m going to wipe it down with Lysol and then I’m going to put it on my shelf.”

Ellen DeGeneres used her show to address claims of bullying. 

In September, DeGeneres addressed the allegations head-on as her show returned from its summer break.

“Welcome to season 18 of The Ellen DeGeneres Show!” the 62-year-old said, ending a months-long silence.

“If you’re watching because you love me, thank you. If you’re watching because you don’t love me, welcome.

“How was everybody’s summer? Good? Mine was great. Super terrific!”

Ellen DeGeneres during a taping of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Ellen DeGeneres during a taping of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. (Getty/Brooks Kraft)

DeGeneres continued: “Let’s get to it. As you may have heard, this summer there were allegations of a toxic work environment at our show, and then there was an investigation.

“I learned that things happened here that never should have happened. I take that very seriously and I want to say I am so sorry to the people who were affected.

“I know that I am in a position of privilege and power and I realise that with that comes responsibility, and I take responsibility for what happens at my show.”