Days before the Thanksgiving holiday weekend began, actress Dakota Johnson appeared on comedian Ellen DeGeneres‘s daytime talk show to discuss, among other things, the host’s absence at her guest’s birthday party in October. Apparently, Johnson had not invited the comedian to attend her 30th birthday bash, but 50 Shades of Grey star was quick to point out that DeGeneres’s assertion was, in fact, “not true.” What’s more, according to Out and a handful of Twitter users who did the necessary addition, the comic may have missed the party because of George W. Bush.
“You were invited,” Johnson said when DeGeneres playfully accused her of not inviting her. “Last time I was on the show, last year, you gave me a bunch of shit about not inviting you. But I didn’t even know you wanted to be invited… I didn’t even know you liked me… But I did invite you but you didn’t come.”
This particular portion of the interview, as well as the entire interview itself, never strayed too far from the cringe-inducing awkwardness. However, as Out and many Twitter users were quick to notice, DeGeneres and her team recalled precisely why she wasn’t able to attend Johnson’s birthday party mid-conversation. “I was invited [but] why didn’t I go?” the host asked herself before someone off-camera said something that made her remember. “Oh yeah, I had that thing.”
Whatever the specific “thing” is is never mentioned explicitly during the interview segment, but that didn’t stop people from discovering that Johnson’s birthday party in Malibu was on Saturday, October 5 and DeGeneres was in Texas on Sunday, October 6 at the Dallas Cowboys-Green Bay Packers game with former President George W. Bush.
Dakota Johnson’s 30th birthday was celebrated on the night of October 5. Ellen was hanging out with George W. Bush on October 6. pic.twitter.com/1Bfs2CnHCQ
— alex (@alex_abads) December 1, 2019
Oh yeah… “that thing.” Needless to say, folks were as shocked by the possible Bush connection as they were entertained by the awkward interview itself.
Dakota Johnson shading Ellen for missing her birthday is 1000x better when you realise it’s because it was on the same day Ellen was at the NFL with George W. Bush. https://t.co/0uptzyq0I6
— Osman Faruqi (@oz_f) November 30, 2019
Ellen missed Dakota Johnson’s birthday party because it was the same weekend she attended that football game with George W. Bush. I’m shaking you guys… https://t.co/kwaUqlf1L3
— George Civeris (@georgeciveris) November 30, 2019
Dakota Johnson sat on Ellen’s couch and said can Bush find THESE wmds
— Ira Madison III (@ira) November 30, 2019
Knowing that Ellen missed Dakota Johnson’s 30th birthday to hang with her good buddy George Bush really is the icing on the cake.
— Ξvan Ross Katz (@evanrosskatz) December 1, 2019
every tongue that rises up against dakota johnson shall fall! https://t.co/LyYalygrUW
— hunter harris (@hunteryharris) December 1, 2019
Dakota Johnson’s knives… they’re out
— Ira Madison III (@ira) December 1, 2019
i SAID you were invited Ellen pic.twitter.com/eUPMmBNpYY
— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) December 1, 2019
I went to elementary school with Dakota Johnson and even though I was in 6th grade and she was in 4th, I would get the nervous sweats around her. So yeah, she not afraid of Ellen and her Keds.
— sam greisman (@SAMGREIS) December 1, 2019
dakota johnson getting annoyed on ellen: a saga pic.twitter.com/SNsWB4yxjT
— Olwethu 🌸 (@parkchanwookss) December 1, 2019
Dakota Johnson and Ellen saying goodbye to one another pic.twitter.com/5Y5nHrpi3s
— Jon (@prasejeebus) December 1, 2019
Dakota Johnson after walking off the Ellen set pic.twitter.com/70iDZdAtXY
— Matt Jacobs (@tarantallegra) December 1, 2019
Let Dakota Johnson moderate the next debate.
— Jordan Veilleux (@veilleuxwho) December 1, 2019