DeGeneres refuses to be interviewed by men

Portia DeGeneres is allegedly refusing interviews with men. The actress, who is married to talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, apparently refused to be interviewed by Australian radio show duo Hamish Blake and Andy Lee on their Hamish & Andy Show. She also refused a television interview with David Koch on the Australian breakfast show Sunrise. Koch told Australian paper Herald Sun: “If a male said, ‘I don’t want to be interviewed by a woman,’ there would be a massive outcry of discrimination. Obviously she has got issues and I feel quite sorry for her. I admire what she and Ellen have done for community tolerance and inclusiveness. But it is a real contradiction for what she stands for, which really surprises me. Maybe she is uncomfortable with men, but she plays opposite male leads.” Koch’s co-host Melissa Doyle did the satellite interview with Portia instead for Sunrise and Australian broadcaster Fifi Box did a radio interview with Portia in place of Hamish and Andy. Portia, who was known as Portia de Rossi before she changed her last name to Portia Lee James DeGeneres in September, was raised in Australia. Her birth name was Mandy Rogers.

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  1. C-Dub • November 19, 2010 @ 12:10 PM

    Might it be that she just doesn’t like Austrailians??

  2. Germain • November 19, 2010 @ 1:23 PM

    They are such hypocrites. All they do is use the fact that they are a guay couple in Hollywood to create publicity for themselves. Just like Ellen did with her show and the “coming out episode”. She used the fact that she was coming out to get ratings. They think they’re being a good example but I think they’re just hurting their cause.
    Portia’s career is going nowhere right now and she’s creating a publicity stunt.

  3. Don Morrow • November 19, 2010 @ 2:59 PM

    Who cares.She is a low level no talent personality.If she were married to anyone else no one would even know who she is

  4. Christie • November 19, 2010 @ 3:16 PM

    I agree with you guys and probably she knows it too, otherwise, why did she change her last name. When actresses are big stars, they rarely change their last names when they get married.

  5. manPOWer • November 19, 2010 @ 3:59 PM

    Just another female supremacist.

  6. Mary • November 19, 2010 @ 4:16 PM

    Apparently she has a problem and it isn’t all about men. This is just another ploy for attention. Ellen is a turnoff for me Her and those stupid dances she goes through, not a fan of either one.

  7. Linda • November 19, 2010 @ 4:41 PM

    That is completely unreasonable on Portia’s part. Everybody has issues….time to move foreward.

  8. Nanu • November 19, 2010 @ 6:54 PM

    It could be that she has refused interviews with those particular men and not all men specifically. Hosts of shows like these can sometimes say hurtful things about celebs, so maybe they went too far at some point, and she has no intention of driving their ratings.

    Portia was born in Austrailia, so I doubt she has any ill will towards them.

  9. Malcolm • November 19, 2010 @ 7:29 PM

    Maybe she is with Ellen not because her preference is for women but she hates men that much. That would explain it.

  10. Jake • November 19, 2010 @ 8:43 PM

    Heck, I wouldn’t want to be near those two whiny gits myself.

  11. G.D. • November 19, 2010 @ 10:19 PM

    Unless I’m missing something it’s two men and not all men that she’s refused interviews with. Perhaps she has an issue or conflict of interest about those two reporters who so happened to be men interviewing her.

    Maybe she was burned in the past or expected it. I dunno as it seems weird otherwise. It’s not like she can pull that in all situations as there’s a lot of male reporters out there. There must be more to what happened and if not it’s just a strange quirk that won’t help her much.

  12. G.D. • November 19, 2010 @ 10:31 PM

    I can understand people not wanting to talk to reporters especially if they are celebrities. But instead of singling out males (if that’s what happened) entirely in favor of female reporters a smart publicist would have a strict “no interview” policy when it comes to their client. That way they couldn’t be criticized with access to her being cut off. It could be like that. But might be a case of a publicist who approved an interview or two and then decided to pull her out of it for some reason. Hypothetical.

  13. John King • November 20, 2010 @ 9:07 AM

    Bullcrap! I saw her on the Tonight Show and Late Night in recent years. Aren’t Jay Leno and Dave Lettermen male? This ‘news’ item is just an old tired saw: If you can’t report the news, create it.

  14. G.D. • November 20, 2010 @ 5:11 PM

    I concur with Mr. King as misleading headlines on here are getting tiresome. I remember the late ’80s and early ’90s when Tribute was in every movie theater going. Back then they didn’t create the news or focus on gossip such as Sex Degrees and this column online.

    They wrote engaging stories and weren’t afraid to get hard-nosed or offend a star or studio. Now, they depend on the advertising bucks from the studios and are writing stories that the studios would want about the movies and stars. It’s been like that for awhile and now Cineplex has a better magazine of their own doing what Tribute used to excel at.

    Now Tribute isn’t distributed at Cineplex which owns 80-85% of all theaters and gets distributed monthly by Toronto Sun. I only read this site because they have contests and lists of dates DVDs and movies street. I wish the magazine would return to what it once did well.

    This is why I criticized Alexandra and others at the magazine as the stories online are misleading or too in bed with the major studios. That’s not quality journalism which Tribute once thrived on when they were the only magazine theater chains had.

  15. G.D. • November 20, 2010 @ 5:37 PM

    I think Tribute should be an online site as that’s where it serves a purpose. If they got back to doing engaging stories and not ones that always please studios and stars they would really have something.

  16. biagio • November 21, 2010 @ 4:50 PM

    hey you let me give her the big italiano sausage and i garantee to you she gonna be hungry for men all the time capiche?

  17. z-girl • November 21, 2010 @ 5:41 PM

    You know what? I think that everyone should just leave Portia alone…this story has probably been exaggerated and taken out of context. There is no way to know if what is being said here is true…how could we possibly know what Portia is thinking? It isn’t Portia who’s trying to get attention…it’s the media that published this story.

  18. Samantha • November 21, 2010 @ 10:16 PM

    That’s your opinion, G.D. Personally, I hate the Cineplex magazine. It only talks about movies that Cineplex shows. The whole magazine is one big advertisement for their cinemas. Tribute is way better. It’s been around longer, and I don’t think their format has changed at all, except for the better. I enjoy the stories on this site as well and I don’t know what you’re talking about when you say misleading headlines. This one is very clear and if you’re reading headlines and not understanding what they’re about then maybe you’re reading them wrong. That’s why you need to click on the story and find out. In newspapers sometimes I see a headline and don’t even know what they’re trying to say, then I read the story and it becomes clearer. Headlines are short, I guess they can’t fit it all in there, but they try to give you an idea of what it’s about.

  19. ek • November 23, 2010 @ 2:40 AM

    Mandy Rogers?

  20. Jennifer • November 23, 2010 @ 7:55 PM

    Maybe she doesn’t want to look at the opposite sex,because she thinks your ugly.It’s bad enough,she has to play straight roles on tv for a career,but lets not make a big deal about this.Besides,the straight world like to come at us,with their porno mags,or bibles.Gross

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