Is Ellen DeGeneres Really a Nice Person?

Ellen DeGeneres has one of the most successful careers in Hollywood history.

After rising to fame as a comedian and actress on television, DeGeneres cemented her status as a pop culture icon when she became the host of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The show has now been on the air since 2003 and many viewers feel as though DeGeneres is a member of their family, one of the most beloved celebrities in the world.

DeGeneres is known for her friendly, open personality, and on her show, she is constantly encouraging her viewers to “be kind” to one another.

Still, some reports claim that DeGeneres is actually very different than the persona she cultivates on television.

What is Ellen DeGeneres’s stage personality?

Ellen DeGeneres smiling and waving
Ellen DeGeneres | Michael Tran/FilmMagic

The Ellen DeGeneres Show is one of the most positive and uplifting of all daytime talk shows. DeGeneres likes to start each episode by dancing to a hit song — she always asks her audience to join in on the fun, and as the host dances in and out of the aisles, it is easy to imagine the studio audience having a great time.

DeGeneres always keeps things upbeat and happy on her show, steering clear of any truly hard-hitting interview topics. She obviously prefers to think of her guests as friends, and she is well-known to be a buddy of many superstars in real life, including the Kardashians, Demi Moore, Jennifer Aniston, and Chris Pratt.

DeGeneres regularly stresses the importance of being kind to her viewers, and always ends each show on a positive note. It is little wonder that viewers all over the world think of DeGeneres as their friend, even if they have never actually met her in person. 

Is Ellen DeGeneres nice in real life?

The truth of the matter is that much of DeGeneres’s stage persona seems to be an act. While she’s undoubtedly a pleasant person to be around, a recent profile piece of the star, done for The New York Times, reveals that DeGeneres is much more “blunt and introspective” than how she appears to be on television.

In fact, in her recent stand-up special, Relatable, DeGeneres makes it a point to present herself as “aloof and indifferent,” and enjoys making jokes about how wealthy she is. Her comedian friend, Tig Notaro, was interviewed for the article, revealing that DeGeneres is a “real person with a foul mouth.”

DeGeneres claimed in the article that while there are parts of her in the persona she plays on daytime television, she’s also “playing the character of a talk-show host.”

She also talked about how old it gets when strangers on the street ask her to stop and dance — again, expecting her to live up to exactly the same image that she projects on The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Many celebrities have been successful at ‘keeping it real’

It is entirely possible that Ellen DeGeneres could begin to change up her image at this point in her career. It might not be easy for a lot of fans to accept, but there is clear precedence for audiences loving celebrities who both curse a lot and “keep it real.”

One example is Chrissy Teigen, who started out in the business as a supermodel before transitioning to a superstar home chef and Twitter guru.

Teigen’s social media account is littered with four-letter words, but people love her for her honesty and openness. Teigen is definitely one celebrity who has always been unapologetically herself and shows no signs of changing.

Perhaps, DeGeneres could take a note from Teigen’s book, and start to slowly branch out, letting audiences in on her “real” personality.