What is behind the Ellen DeGeneres backlash? How the tide turned.

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For the first time in over two decades, Ellen DeGeneres is experiencing the fragility of a good reputation.

Last week, the popular talk show host was heavily criticised for making a joke in which she compared isolating at home during the COVID-19 pandemic to being in “prison”.

The quip was delivered during her opening monologue for The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which she is currently filming at her multi-million dollar Californian mansion: “This is like being in jail is what it is,” the 62-year-old said. “Mostly because I’ve been wearing the same clothes for 10 days and everyone in here is gay!”

Poor taste, some said. Privileged.

It seems the joke has since been cut from the online version of the episode.

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