In a too-awkward-to-pause video viewed millions of times over the holiday weekend — and generating many a genius reaction meme — the talk show host started her interview with Johnson with a complaint that she hadn’t been invited to her 30th birthday party. Things went downhill from there.
“How was the party? I wasn’t invited,” DeGeneres said.
Johnson did not come to play, or to be wrongfooted with the first question thrown at her thank you very much. “Actually, no, that’s not the truth, Ellen. You were invited,” she calmly replied.
During an episode featuring Johnson last year, DeGeneres had previously spoken of being bothered by the fact she didn’t earn an invite to Johnson’s 29th birthday bash. (Some serious FOMO happening there, then.) So this year, Johnson said she had tried to make amends. “I did invite you and you didn’t come,” Johnson told DeGeneres, adding that she could “ask everyone” to confirm — “ask your producer, Jonathan,” she continued. Someone off of the set shouted to confirm that she had been invited, but that DeGeneres was out of town.
As it happens, Johnson’s birthday party fell on Oct. 5 — the same weekend that DeGeneres was at a Dallas Cowboys football game with George W. Bush. Her hangout with Bush led to criticism online, which the host ended up addressing during her show.
Ellen missed Dakota Johnson’s birthday party because it was the same weekend she attended that football game with George W. Bush. I’m shaking you guys… https://t.co/kwaUqlf1L3
— George Civeris (@georgeciveris) November 30, 2019
Johnson’s sass and assurance that DeGeneres was indeed invited brought Baby Yoda memes and more. Here were some of the best reactions to the whole disastrous saga, which appears to have taken only a minute according to the video clip but certainly feels like it lasted forever?
Dakota Johnson when they cut to break after her interview on Ellen
— Ja$on Grob$tich (@jasonleegrobby) December 1, 2019
Me watching the discourse about the Dakota Johnson and Ellen discourse pic.twitter.com/NEsSOiJFgI
— Sam Stryker (@sbstryker) December 1, 2019
dakota johnson on ellen is exactly how some of my dates go
— 🕺 (@peyjel) November 27, 2019
dakota johnson getting annoyed on ellen: a saga pic.twitter.com/SNsWB4yxjT
— Olwethu 🌸 (@parkchanwookss) December 1, 2019
But remember when Dakota johnson called out Jimmy fallon? 😂 iconic pic.twitter.com/7dBIH6HwFF
— ᴅᴀᴋᴏᴛᴀ ᴊᴏʜɴsᴏɴ ɪs ᴍʏ ᴍᴏᴛʜᴇʀ (@SkilledLurker) November 28, 2019
Neither star has commented on the fallout, but we hope DeGeneres at least sent along a tardy birthday card or gift. After this interview, perhaps a set of artisanal salts?