But, for the most part, her monologue was oddly peppered with jokes and sarcasm, suggesting it's nearly impossible for the once renowned "queen of kindness" to step out of the character she's created on daytime TV and just be, well, genuine.
"In his defence, it was my idea", she finally admitted.
It was the first time the staple of daytime United States television publicly addressed the controversy surrounding her, after BuzzFeed News published a report over the summer detailing a culture of fear among her employees that included accusations of sexual misconduct, racism and intimidation from the show's management. "There have been some rapids and I am manoeuvring the raft", the host said.
"All of us have a few spots of white water, however, you keep moving". I realized that issues occurred right here that by no means ought to have occurred. "And I just bounced from side to side timing my contractions while he shoved a quiche in his mouth".
"DeGeneres' attempt to clear the air fell painfully flat in part because of her unwillingness to engage with her critics in anything more meaningful than a platitude", he said.
The scathing reports followed rumors and anecdotal posts on social media that DeGeneres was hard to work with - and not almost as nice as her feel-good show portrayed her to be. "He's not a girl but he's flawless".