Charlie Puth claims he was ghosted by Ellen DeGeneres’ eleveneleven record label.
The singer, 30, spoke about his own experience with the Interscope Geffen A&M Records-distributed label after fellow songwriter Greyson Chance alleged the “opportunistic” comedian “completely abandoned” him.
“We both have different experiences, me versus Greyson. But I do agree with him that no one was present, certainly, after the creation of my first demo EP,” Puth, who was signed to the short-lived record label in 2011, said on the latest episode of Rolling Stone Music Now.
“Not putting any blame on one person, but from a collective … all the people that were in that room, they just disappeared. I didn’t hear from anybody.”
Puth clarified that he never personally discussed any of these feelings with DeGeneres, noting that he didn’t find a problem with her allegedly toxic personality.
“People describe Ellen as rude. I’ve never experienced that,” the “One Call Away” singer said, referencing allegations that DeGeneres, 64, was “manipulative” behind-the-scenes and that her daytime talk show was a toxic workplace. “Maybe she likes me.”
Sources close to DeGeneres’ team told the outlet that they “don’t recall” any of this happening with Puth. A rep for DeGeneres did not immediately respond to Page Six’s request for comment.
The new interview comes just weeks after Chance claimed to Rolling Stone that he’s “never met someone more manipulative, more self-centered and more blatantly opportunistic” than the talk show host.
The “Good as Gold” singer, 25, first met DeGeneres when he appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in May 2010 after a video of him performing Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” in front of his schoolmates went viral.
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DeGeneres signed him as her record label’s first act, with Chance – who was just 12 years old at the time – claiming she told him, “I’m going to protect you. I’m going to be here for you. We’re going to do this together.” She gifted him $10,000, a new piano and set him up with high-profile managers, agents, a publicist and more.
However, Chance alleged to Rolling Stone that DeGeneres quickly became “domineering” and “too controlling” with every aspect of his career – demanding everything from what he should wear to which other artists she thought he should resemble.
“My whole week, my whole month, my whole year could change [with] one text message from her. That was horrible,” he claimed. “She would come in and look at a rack, yell at stylists, berate people in front of me and say, ‘This is what you’re wearing on the show.’ She was just degrading to people.”
He continued, “If she had an opinion of any sort, the whole thing changed.”
Chance further alleged that DeGeneres disappeared in 2012 following low ticket sales for his various tours and his music underperforming. He claims he never heard back from DeGeneres after Interscope ultimately dropped him and key people from his team.
“I couldn’t get ahold of her. Couldn’t talk to her,” Chance alleged, despite returning to “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” for occasional appearances in the years following. “Whenever I would come on the show, it was such a fake smile.”
He added, “She wouldn’t even ask, ‘How are you doing? How are you holding up?’ It was just like, ‘Here’s what we’re going to talk about. We’ll see you on there.’”