You’ve got to love The Ellen DeGeneres Show, if you are a fan of great comedy. And Ellen has been proudly doing great comedy for 14 years now. The American comedian, TV host, actress and producer, first starred in the popular sitcom Ellen from 1994 to 1998, and has then hosted her syndicated talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show, since 2003. Ellen has been extremely innovative for the past fourteen years, combining comedy, celebrity, musical guests, and human-interest stories. But that is not all. The kind soul who will put a smile on your face at 3 pm on a weekday is someone who also likes to reveal the darkest secrets of the audience on her shows.
Ellen’s down-to-earth persona is adorable, but she can sometimes do scary stuff, too. If you call revealing a thief a scary thing to do. She called out a member of her talk show audience for stealing on her show.
In an episode filmed for the launch of her 14th season, the talk show host schooled her viewers on the importance of being honest. The clip was seen on live TV last fall, but has just recently been uploaded to EllenTube. Before the episode, the producers set up a table of Ellen swag outside the studio with a sign reading “One item per person.” Members of the audience took a souvenir before going into the show, but they didn’t know they were actually filmed while making the selection.
This event was supposed to mark the audience’s visit and celebrate Ellen’s 14 years on air. But the audience was not so honest, after all.
The 59-year-old comedian teased the audience by beginning the segment of the episode with a speech about trust. She went like this: “When I started this show 14 years ago, I said this is going to be like a relationship. And the most important thing, the foundation of a good relationship, is—say it with me—separate thermostats. And then after that, trust. Right? Trust is very important.”
Then she played footage of one trustworthy guest who took one free item and wanted to pay for the other one, and Ellen brought it for her. But, here comes the interesting part. “That’s amazing, any one of you could have taken more than one thing and you didn’t. Except for these ladies right here.”
She went on to play an incriminating clip which showed a woman called Nancy taking three items, and then coming back to change one of them. When her friend asked if she was taking more than she should, she says: “Shhh, no. Shut up.”
Even though this was supposed to be fun, Ellen took it to another level: “You’re the kind of person that, when you go trick-or-treating and nobody’s home, you don’t just take one piece of candy, you take the bowl. Let that be a lesson to you. You think nobody’s watching you, and you just need to be a good person.”
Eventually, Ellen sent Nancy to “Ellen Jail”, making her a clearly mortified guest, who insisted one of the items was a souvenir for her sister who couldn’t be there. Well, be mindful of your actions, Ellen is always watching! And yeah, the obvious one, never steal!