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The Reason Ellen DeGeneres Didn’t Go to Dakota Johnson’s Party

In a recent interview on The Ellen Show, Dakota Johnson, who had stopped by to promote her newest film The Peanut Butter Falcon, found herself in what audiences have deemed to be a bit of an awkward situation. The now-viral interview gets “awkward” when Ellen DeGeneres brings up Johnson’s birthday party, which happened on the weekend of Oct. 4. Ellen joked “How was the party? I wasn’t invited,” to which Johnson replied, “Actually, no, that’s not the truth, Ellen.” Johnson went on to say that she made sure to invite the hostess to her birthday party this year since DeGeneres gave her a hard time about not receiving an invite to Johnson’s birthday party the year before when Johnson was on the show in 2018.

Courtesy: The Ellen Show

“Last time I was on the show, last year, you gave me a bunch of sh*t about not inviting you, but I didn’t even know you wanted to be invited.”

“Well, who wouldn’t want to be invited to a party?”

“Well, I didn’t even know you liked me.”

“Of course I like you. You knew I liked you,” DeGeneres confirmed. “You’ve been on the show many times, and don’t I show like?” The audience laughed.

DeGeneres then questioned whether she was actually invited to the party, to which Johnson replied: “Ask everybody. Ask Jonathan, your producer, who says you were.” DeGeneres’ producer then announced that DeGeneres was out of town at the time of the party. “Oh yeah, I had that thing,” responded DeGeneres. “No, I think I do remember I was invited,” DeGeneres smiled. “Thank you.”

It turns out that Dakota’s birthday weekend was the same weekend that DeGeneres and her wife, Portia de Rossi, were spotted at a Dallas Cowboys game, seated next to and laughing with former President George W. Bush and former First Lady, Laura Bush. Her implied friendship with the former Republican president went on to face a lot of backlash on Twitter. Even celebrities were commenting on the matter. Oscar-nominated director Josh Fox tweeted “Hey @TheEllenShow – how does it feel to watch a game with a mass-murdering genocidal war criminal?” 

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This was just one of the many angry tweets directed at DeGeneres due to this outing. She later addressed the backlash on her show saying “I’m friends with a lot of people who don’t share the same beliefs that I have,” she explained. “We’re all different and I think that we’ve forgotten that that’s okay…” 

Some Twitter users had different opinions, one user tweeting “The best part about this #Cowboys game is seeing @TheEllenShow and George W. Bush hanging out… I’m shook… the best friends we never knew we needed”. DeGeneres even featured one of these tweets on her show. It read “Ellen and George Bush together makes me have faith in America again.” The audience applauded.

Despite DeGeneres’ lack of attendance at Johnson’s birthday party, it seems that the two enjoyed the weekend of Oct. 4. DeGeneres with her football game and Johnson with her 30th birthday party. In the interview, DeGeneres brought up the fact that comedian Tig Notaro performed at Johnson’s party, to which Johnson replied: “She’s my favorite comedian.” In response, DeGeneres made a disappointed face. “Other than you,” said Johnson. She jokingly stood up and pretended to walk away. Shortly after this, they finally began talking about Johnson’s newest film Peanut Butter Falcon.

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Emily is a junior at Florida State University majoring in Editing, Writing, and Media and minoring in Communications. In her free time, she enjoys singing, discovering new music, and tracking down the best coffee in Tallahassee. Find her on Instagram @emischutz.
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