WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Social media users were alarmed Monday night after the hashtag “#RIPEllen” trended on Twitter.
- The hashtag originated from Twitter users who falsely reported that “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” was going to be axed.
- Some people on Twitter even took things further by spreading rumors that DeGeneres had taken her own life.
Twitter users who logged onto Twitter Monday night thought Ellen DeGeneres has died after the hashtag #RIPEllen was trending.
That’s a hoax. DeGeneres isn’t dead. The hashtag was reportedly in reference to rumors last week that “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” will be canceled, which triggered the viral death hoax.
“Is Ellen dead or not?! Y’all confusing out of me #ripellen,” one disturbed fan asked amid false reports the talk show host had jumped off the roof of a house.
Other users mocked the “late” TV personality with fake obituaries using photos of DeGeneres’ various celebrity lookalikes.
“#ripellen fly high, angle,” tweeted one user on a photo of Jane Lynch’s character from “Glee,” Sue Sylvester.
Another one used a photo of Justin Bieber using the same tagline but correcting the spelling of ‘angel.’
The controversy started after the Emmy-winning TV personality was flooded with rumors that her talk show was getting axed amid falling ratings.
The show’s producers told The Post that wasn’t the case, however, it seemed like DeGeneres doesn’t appear to be the talk-show darling she once was.
Comedian Kevin T. Porter started a viral Twitter thread in March, calling for anyone who encountered DeGeneres to respond with “insane” stories about “Ellen being mean.”
“A new staff member was told, ‘Every day she picks someone different to really hate. It’s not your fault, just suck it up for the day and she’ll be mean to someone else the next day.’ They didn’t believe it, but it ended up being entirely true,” TV writer Ben Siemon wrote in one response.
Most recently, crew members from “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” accused her of being rude to them during the coronavirus lockdown.
Source: New York Post