The Ellen DeGeneres Show Check-in: Is One Direction Having Fun Yet?

You couldn’t really blame Ellen DeGeneres if her enthusiasm flagged a tiny bit after 13 years of hosting her eponymous talk show.

And yet Wednesday’s episode, which found Ellen giddily poking the grumpy bear known as One Direction’s Harry Styles (aka the one with The Hair), showed no such dip in energy.

Bully for her! Seeing how DeGeneres devoted the first half of the episode (along with an additional end-of-the-hour performance from the Warner Bros. lot) to the quartet and its new CD Made in the A.M., it was a nice counterbalance that the host allowed herself a few eye rolls (the better to connect with the large segment of her audience without 1D posters on their bedroom walls).

“They are very excited for your loneliness!” DeGeneres said, when the concert audience went gaga over all four band members raising their hands to indicate they were single.

Later, back in the studio, Styles came across as a less-than-enthusiastic interview subject, looking out into the audience and howling with mock laughter when cohort Liam Payne said he’d spoken a few times to former bandmate Zayn Malik since his abrupt exit from One Direction earlier this year.

“Are you lying?” DeGeneres asked Payne.

“No, genuine!” Payne replied.

“Then why are you laughing?” she asked Styles, plainly.

Again, during a goofy game of “Never Have I Ever,” Styles seemed reluctant to play along. “I’m not having any fun,” he informed her. At which point, DeGeneres grinned like the friendliest boss in the land, and chirped, “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change!”

ellen-degeneres-why-i-dont-have-kidsAppropriately enough, DeGeneres followed up One Direction’s Q&A with a new segment called “Why I Don’t Have Kids” — in which viewers share their photographic evidence of the evil that young’uns do. Best of the bunch? A little girl who began playing peekaboo with her sister while they finger-painted. (See photo.) “You’re gonna need a really good paint remover — and an exorcist!” said DeGeneres, in the episode’s funniest moment.

The episode ended with pint-sized sword-slinging martial artist Jesse-Jane McParland, who showed no shortage of excitement.

Regardless of whether her guests are A-listers or momentary viral-video sensations, though, DeGeneres’ sly humor remains the star of the show — a fact of which she’s not unaware. As she reminded Styles while zinging him for his mid-performance antics, “It was really bold of you. They seemed to enjoy it, but you just decided to spray water on the front row. They were like, ‘Ohmigod, he did it, so it’s OK!’ If anybody else, if a stranger all the sudden just opened water and poured it on them, they’d be, ‘Hey, you idiot!'”

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7 Comments
  1. Lauren says:

    I love her show but I’m an old Millennial. I skipped this one because I have zero interest in 1D.

  2. Rachel says:

    I’m not a Directioner, but I’m a huge fan of Ellen and have seen 1D on her show and The Late Late Show multiple times, and it just seems to me like Harry had a very dry sense of humor that comes across incorrectly to someone who isn’t use to it. Plus, given that she was asking questions specially designed to provoke a reaction from him (regarding his dating past) I’d say he took it with a decent amount of humor. But that’s just me. Dry humor runs in my husbands family, so I’m used to it.

  3. bella says:

    honestly when people say im not a fan of 1d but will still watch ellen WITH 1d in it, then there basically watching another interview with one directon. i mean come on peopl

  4. bella says:

    so, people watch ellen for humor and the show. but when they start complaining about 1d being in the show and stuff about dry humor, then it gets crazy because there saying the dilike one direction but are still watching interviews for one direction. weird isn’t it?

  5. Katie says:

    I feel like I was watching a different interview than what this review is about. Have you never heard of a dry sense of humor? Harry is the most charismatic and entertaining member of 1D and that couldn’t have been more obvious than during this show. She was grilling him during never have I ever and he responded in a playful manner. It was all in good fun.

  6. Malik says:

    Agreed..Harry was a complete douche. Liam truly is the only mature one from the group. Can’t wait to see him and Zayn collab.

    • Sandrine says:

      Spoken like a true Zayn fan. Harry was laughing because clearly, no one wanted to discuss Zayn leaving and he even said that you could cut the tension in the air with a knife. I saw it as Harry trying to make an awkward moment a little lighter. It was a sensitive topic for them, one which was already asked several times during various interviews and each time the boys’ reactions were the same. If they had their way, they wouldn’t discuss the topic. Harry laughing wasn’t done in a malicious way. No need for name calling. If you knew how he conducts himself, specially when cameras aren’t around, you wouldn’t call him a douche.