Ellen DeGeneres and hidden cameras are like peanut butter and jelly; they go hand in hand. That’s why it’s so shocking that a fan of the TV host wouldn’t think she’d be on camera—while she was stealing something from her show!
Yes, really. Last fall, Ellen had set up a table of free items outside the studio where visitors could take one—just one home with them. In a clip that just now made it online, a woman named Nancy could be seen on camera at the table not only coming back more than once for different items, but even swapping out one extra item for another one. It gets even more cringe-worthy; when another visitor called her out on it, she told them to “shut up.”
But in the studio, Nancy was the one shutting up when Ellen herself publicly called her out for stealing—and showed the clip for good measure. Nancy did have an excuse, that the extra item was actually for her sister, who wasn’t able to make it to the show that day. But Ellen wasn’t buying it.
“A lot of people’s sisters couldn’t come,” the TV host said, all smiles.
Then, right there in front of everybody, Ellen ordered Nancy to go to “Ellen Jail,” in a seat on a high chair on the stage.
“Let that be a lesson to you,” she said. “You think nobody’s watching you, and you just need to be a good person.”
Watch the whole hilarious scene play out for yourself in the footage below. Think Nancy learned her lesson?
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01 Sophia Grace Brownlee Then And Now
Sophia Grace Brownlee
The English singer is now 13.
02 Rosie Mcclelland Then And Now
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07 Greyson Chance Then And Now
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09 Beberly Devers Then And Now
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10 Kevin Tellez Then And Now
Devers's dance partner Kevin Tellez is now in On Your Feet on Broadway.
05 Rainer Atticus Muuss Now
Rainer Pasca and Atticus Muuss
These presidential whiz kids and brothers were only 6 and 4 when they first appeared on Ellen. Now, they're 9 and 7.
06 Heaven King Then And Now
The tiny Beyoncé dancer is now in first grade.
04 Tommy Morrissey Then And Now
The one-armed golfer is now 5, and he's still excelling at his sport.
03 Akshat Singh Then And Now
Singh, now 11, made his movie debut in 2015.
12 Brandon Niederauer Then And Now
Mini rocker Brandon Niederauer aka TAZ now plays Zack in School of Rock on Broadway.
11 Tanner Edwards Then And Now
Nicknamed "Lil'T", Tanner won us over with his adorable dance moves. Now 11, he's still competing, and he's even appeared on America's Got Talent.
08 Bars And Melody Then And Now
Bars and Melody
Leondre Devries and Charlie Lenehan, known by their stage names Bars and Melody, released their album, 143, in August 2015.