Stop me if you’ve heard this one before… people are pissed at Ellen DeGeneres! This time it’s because she went on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and shared an anecdote about driving her sick wife Portia de Rossi to the ER while high on weed drinks and melatonin. This was about a month ago when Portia had to get emergency appendicitis surgery. As Ellen was telling the story to Jimmy, she admitted, “It’s probably not safe, I shouldn’t be saying any of this.” Some people online are giving Ellen crap for joking about driving while under the influence. They say she should have just called an ambulance. Or an Uber. Or her fancy person chauffeur! Although to be fair, he probably quit cuz she wouldn’t let him look her in the eye.
Ellen told Jimmy it’s basically all Chelsea Handler’s fault (via Page Six):
“Chelsea Handler told me about these weed drinks, they’re called Cann, and they have CBD or [THC] — I don’t know what the good thing is.”
“I drank one, and I didn’t feel anything, so I drank three, and then I took two melatonin sleep pills.”
OK, I actually love the weed drinks. It’s my special no-hangover “weed wine” and they’re extremely relaxing and get you high (although I don’t drink the Cann ones, and the dosage/size is likely different). Ellen continued:
“And I’m laying in bed, and I realize [Portia’s] not in bed,” DeGeneres said. “She’s moaning. I get out of bed, and she’s on the ground on all fours, and I said, ‘You’re not OK.’ She goes, ‘I’m OK.’ I said, ‘No, unless you’re playing Twister by yourself, you’re not OK.’ So I rushed her to the emergency room.”
Kimmel, 53, asked DeGeneres, “You drove her by yourself?”
“I did,” she replied. “I mean, I kicked in, like my adrenaline, because I just had to rush her there. It’s probably not safe. I shouldn’t be saying any of this.”
I mean, no, she probably shouldn’t have mentioned the driving part. If I were Ellen, I’d be on my best, best, best behavior during interviews. “My beloved Portia was sick, so I singlehandedly carried her in my arms to the hospital, where the doctors told me I had saved her beautiful, blond life.” Yeah, that sounds like a safer late-night talk show anecdote.
Here’s her interview, the Portia ER talk starts around the 8:15 mark, but they talk about marijuana pretty much through the whole interview because it was 4/20. Ellen says she hates smoking pot, but people keep pushing edibles on her:
Maybe Ellen told the weed drink anecdote to appeal to the super cool TikTok generation and win back some of her fans who deserted her after she was outed as a shitty boss. “See, fellow kids? I’m chill like the Snoop Dogg! Now, who wants to pound back some weed wines and do donuts in the Warner Bros. parking lot?”