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Dakota Johnson Just Reacted To That Awkward Ellen DeGeneres Interview Five Months After It Was Announced That "The Ellen Show" Is Ending
It's October, which means it's Dakota Johnson's birthday month.
When Dakota's birthday rolled around on Monday, fans across Twitter came together to commemorate the special day with an equally special interview clip.
In case you aren't familiar, her recent birthday marked two years since Ellen DeGeneres received an invite to Dakota's 30th birthday party — still confused? Allow me to explain.
So, in November 2019, Dakota appeared for a chat on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. However, little did she know that she was about to make it into the talk show history books.
What began as your standard interview swiftly took a chaotic turn when Ellen threw some shade at Dakota for not inviting her to her birthday party, which had taken place less than two months prior.
"You turned 30," Ellen began. "How was the party, I wasn't invited."
Without hesitating, Dakota shut down the false claim with the now-iconic words: "Actually, no. That's not the truth, Ellen."
"Last time I was on the show last year, you gave me a bunch of shit about not inviting you, but I didn't even know you wanted to be invited," the actor went on. "I didn't even know you liked me."
Visibly startled by the response, Ellen replied: "Of course I like you. You knew I liked you! You've been on the show many times and don't I show like?"
But Dakota swiftly doubled down on her stance, adding: "I did invite you and you didn't come...ask everybody” before turning to Ellen's producers for backup. They confirmed that the host had indeed been invited to the bash but had chosen not to attend.
And two years on — as fans remain obsessed with the awkward encounter — it appears that Dakota has absolutely no regrets.
Speaking on The Drew Barrymore Show on Thursday, Dakota burst into laughter when Drew praised the "amazing" interview.
"People have gotten in trouble for claiming not being invited to your parties," Drew said in reference to the viral exchange.
"That was amazing, by the way," Drew continued in reference to the interview, as the audience cheered in response to Dakota’s cackles. "Like, amazing."
And let's just say, fans quickly caught on to Drew's shady reference and they are loving it.
"Major props to @DrewBarrymore for bringing up the 'Actually no that’s not the truth Ellen' incident on her show today with Dakota Johnson," someone else added. "I almost spit out my coffee."
And Dakota has since been praised by fans for “catalyzing Ellen’s downfall” after it was announced that TheEllen Show would be ending following a string of claims about “toxicity” in the workplace.
In case you missed it, in May this year, Ellen announced that the show's 19th season would be its last, framing the decision around the program no longer being a creative challenge.
However, the choice to end the show came shortly after its ratings plummeted following toxic workplace allegations, which surfaced in July 2020.
BuzzFeed News reports extensive allegations from both current and former employees, including that three of the show’s executive producers oversaw a workplace culture where sexual harassment and inappropriate touching were pervasive. These claims subsequently prompted an internal WarnerMedia investigation.
Soon after the investigation, Ellen responded to the claims in a letter to employees where she took responsibility and later announced that executive producers Ed Glavin and Kevin Leman and coexecutive producer Jonathan Norman had been fired.
However, her apology did not suffice when it came to repairing the show's tarnished reputation, and ultimately ratings suffered a dip and the show began to lose advertisers.