Shortly after the Peanut Butter Falcon star had taken a seat, talk turned to the fact that she had recently turned 30, and DeGeneres claimed she had not been invited to the party.
Johnson’s demeanour seemed rather frosty as she responded: “Actually, no, that’s not the truth, Ellen, you were invited. No, last time I was on the show, last year, you gave me a bunch of s**t about not inviting you, but I didn’t even know you wanted to be invited.”
“Well, who wouldn’t want to be invited to a party?” DeGeneres responded.
“But I didn’t even know you liked me,” Johnson protested, to which DeGeneres insisted Johnson had to have known she liked her because she had appeared on Ellen a number of times.
“But I did invite you, and you didn’t come,” Johnson said, prompting a back and forth that led to DeGeneres’s producer being asked. He told DeGeneres: “You were out of town.”
“Oh yeah, I had that thing,” DeGeneres said.
Fans on social media worked out that Johnson’s party in Malibu had taken place on Saturday 5 October. The following day, DeGeneres was spotted in a now-infamous picture with former US president George W Bush at the Dallas Cowboys vs Green Bay Packers game in Arlington, Texas.
Johnson has a history of calling out TV hosts, it was pointed out, such as when she asked Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon: “Aren’t you supposed to let people talk on this show?” after he repeatedly interrupted her.