To kick things off, DeGeneres grilled the “Fifty Shades of Grey” actor over why she wasn’t invited to Johnson’s celeb-studded 30th birthday party.
“Actually no. That’s not the truth, Ellen. You were invited,” the actor said, smiling, in a clip published on Tuesday. “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!”
Johnson laughed, while the audience gasped and DeGeneres looked just a tiny bit horrified.
“Of course I like you,” DeGeneres insisted. “You knew I liked you,” she added, as an awkward silence fell over the room.
“You’ve been on the show many times,’” DeGeneres said.
While the two continued to battle it out over whether the invitation was extended, Johnson asked one of the comedian’s crew members to remind DeGeneres of the request.
“I was invited? Why didn’t I go?” DeGeneres asked. “Oh yeah, I had a thing. It was probably in Malibu. That’s too far for me to go ― I think I do remember I was invited. But I really didn’t remember that until just now.”
Things only got more uncomfortable from there, when the 61-year-old asked about fellow comedian Tig Notaro performing for the actor’s birthday.
“She’s my favourite comedian,” Johnson said excitedly, “Other than you!”
But it was too late, as DeGeneres mimed looking downcast and the audience reacted again with “Nooo!” and laughter. Johnson knew she’d misspoken, and jokingly got up from her seat, said “bye!” to the crowd and pretended to walk away from the interview.
When DeGeneres tried to take credit for introducing Johnson to Notaro at her massive 60th birthday bash, where the comedian also performed a set, the actor put her foot in her mouth yet again.
“I had left your birthday party before that happened,” the 30-year-old said, before exclaiming. “Gosh, this isn’t going well!”
Watch the full interview below: