Ellen DeGeneres’s On-Air Mistake Prompted Jenna Dewan to Talk About Ex Channing Tatum
DeGeneres accidentally introduced her guest with her pre-split name: Jenna Dewan Tatum.
Ellen DeGeneres welcomed the star-studded World of Dance team on Wednesday’s episode of her show, chatting with judges Jennifer Lopez, Derek Hough, Ne-Yo, and host Jenna Dewan ahead of the show’s season 2 premiere.
But DeGeneres, a longtime friend of Dewan and her ex-husband Channing Tatum, accidentally introduced her guest with her pre-split name: Jenna Dewan Tatum. Though she quickly corrected her mistake, the talk show host later apologized to Dewan, taking a moment to praise the graceful manner of her and Tatum’s public separation.
“I’m so sorry—I introduced you … it’s just such a habit,” Ellen began. “I just have to say, the way you and Channing are handling everything is beautiful—and for your daughter … the statements have been great. And I apologize. I’ve just known both of you for so long and I’m so used to saying … ”
Dewan, accepting a comforting embrace from Lopez, smiled and addressed the gaffe. “I know,” she told Ellen. “Thank you. Honestly, thank you and everybody for all the love and support. It’s truly so amazing.”
“It’s all love!” she shouted, as the audience erupted in cheers.
Jenna and Channing announced their separation on April 2 with a shared statement posted on social media.
The former couple wed in 2009 after meeting on the set of 2006 dance flick Step Up. They welcomed daughter Everly Tatum in 2013.