Mariah Carey is reflecting on the moment her pregnancy was prematurely revealed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show more than a decade ago.
Amidst accusations of workplace hostility, Ellen DeGeneres’s treatment of her celebrity talk show guests has also come into light. Reels of the comedian mocking Sofia Vergara’s accent or using Drew Barrymore’s childhood substance abuse for easy laughs have resurfaced in the months. And this time, It’s Mariah Carey’s infamous pregnancy interview.
“I was extremely uncomfortable with that moment is all I can say”
In an interview with Vulture ahead of the release of her memoir, The Meaning of Mariah Carey, the singer discussed the recently resurfaced clip. Carey went on to reveal that she felt “extremely uncomfortable” when host Ellen DeGeneres outed her pregnancy during an appearance on the long-running talk show.
“I was extremely uncomfortable with that moment is all I can say. And I really have had a hard time grappling with the aftermath,” Carey said.
“I can’t believe you did this to me Ellen. This is peer pressure”
During the 2008 interview, DeGeneres asked Carey to confirm or deny tabloid rumors that she and then-husband Nick Cannon were expecting. While Carey laughed off the question and skillfully attempted to change the subject, DeGeneres did not back down. She offered the Grammy winner a glass of champagne to prove if she was pregnant.
Mariah is seen saying in the years-old clip, “I can’t believe you did this to me Ellen. This is peer pressure,” Carey said as the audience laughed. “Let’s toast to you not being pregnant,” DeGeneres replied, as she poured champagne. “Oh my goodness. I can’t believe it,” Carey said. “Why would you toast to that?” When Carey faked taking a sip, DeGeneres shouted, “You’re pregnant!” even as Mariah kept denying.
“I wasn’t ready to tell anyone because I had had a miscarriage”
In 2010, Carey confirmed that she was pregnant at the time of the interview, but had a miscarrige soon after. She and her then husband, Nick Cannon went on to welcome twins, Monroe and Moroccan, now 9, in 2011.
“I wasn’t ready to tell anyone because I had had a miscarriage,” Carey told the publication. “I don’t want to throw anyone that’s already being thrown under any proverbial bus, but I didn’t enjoy that moment.” The “Hero” songstress went on to say that she wishes “empathy” had “been implemented” at the time. “But what am I supposed to do?” she added. “It’s like, ‘What are you going to do?'”
The ‘Toxic Work Environment’ Workplace Investigation
Carey’s comments come just after The Ellen DeGeneres Show was recently under an internal investigation by WarnerMedia following numerous complaints of workplace toxicity.
In July, BuzzFeed News published a report in which previous employees alleged a “toxic work environment” behind the scenes of the talk show. One current and 10 former staffers spoke anonymously about their experiences on set. Including claims of being penalized for taking medical leave, instances of racial microaggressions. And fear of retribution for raising complaints.
DeGeneres has since apologized to her staff. The show’s three top producers, Ed Glavin, Kevin Leman and Jonathan Norman were recently fired from the show. Staffers on the show also recently learned that they will now receive increased benefits.
In an emotional video conference with staff earlier this month, DeGeneres told staff she “wasn’t perfect.” revealed a source. “I’m a multi-layered person, and I try to be the best person I can be and I try to learn from my mistakes,” she said. “I’m hearing that some people felt that I wasn’t kind or too short with them, or too impatient. I apologize to anybody if I’ve hurt your feelings in any way,” DeGeneres said.