Mariah Carey on Ellen DeGeneres pregnancy interview: ‘I was extremely uncomfortable’

The superstar singer remembers an awkward interview with Ellen on her show

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Mariah Carey accepts the Icon Award onstage during the 2019 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 1, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Ellen DeGeneres has been under fire for creating and tolerating a toxic workplace on her show. Recently, music legend Mariah Carey came forward to reveal the daytime talk show host made her feel uncomfortable during a now-infamous appearance on The Ellen Show.

Amidst all the controversy around DeGeneres’ workplace behavior, a clip of her interviewing Carey in 2008 has resurfaced as an example of how the comedian often hid her alleged mean streak in plain sight under the guise of humor.

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At the time of the sit-down, the pop star was rumored to be pregnant but intentionally avoided confirming it to the public until she was sure the pregnancy would go to term.

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Mariah Carey poses in the press room during the 2018 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on October 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matthew Simmons/Getty Images For dcp)

However, many pointed out that DeGeneres seemingly ignored that boundary and repeatedly attempted to get the singer to drink champagne on camera as a way to get her to confirm or deny the rumors.

What’s worse is Carey miscarried soon after.

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“I was extremely uncomfortable with that moment is all I can say. And I really have had a hard time grappling with the aftermath,” she recently told Vulture of the moment that many characterize as an incident of a joke going too far.

“I wasn’t ready to tell anyone because I had had a miscarriage. I don’t want to throw anyone that’s already being thrown under any proverbial bus, but I didn’t enjoy that moment,” Carey explained, going on to say that there is “an empathy that can be applied to those moments that I would have liked to have been implemented. But what am I supposed to do? It’s like, [sings] ‘What are you going to do?’ ”

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