Ellen DeGeneres is in hot water once again! And this time, it's because of her response to Simone Biles' withdrawal from the Tokyo Olympics.
Here's the full story...
Now, Simone Biles, who is a 4-time Olympic gold medalist, pulled out of the USA gymnastics team final earlier this week on July 27th...
The news came in after she made a shocking error on the vault, resulting in her lowest score in years.
After withdrawing from the final yesterday, Biles said that she had to focus on her mental health.
A decision that has been praised by people around the globe.
Ellen DeGeneres was among those responding to Biles' withdrawal news...
But it hasn't quite gone to plan as her response her led to being "canceled," yet again. Here's why...
Now, Simone Biles is an American treasure.
At the ripe age of twenty-four, Simone has quickly become one of the most talented and successful gymnasts in the world.
She rose to fame in the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Though life hasn't always been easy for Simone.
Born originally in Columbus, Ohio, Simone and her siblings were in and out of foster care as a result of their parent's drug and alcohol addictions.
When she was 6, Simone and her younger sister, Adria, were adopted by their maternal grandparents.
Her grandfather, Ron, and grandmother, Nellie, took the girls in as their own, and even suggested that they call them "mom" and "dad." Speaking to Texas Monthly, Simone recalled the moment that her parents permitted for their titles to be changed: "She said, ‘It’s up to you guys. If you want to, you can call us mom and dad.' I went upstairs and tried practicing it in the mirror—‘mom, dad, mom, dad.’ Then I went downstairs, and she was in the kitchen. I looked up at her and I was like, ‘mom?’ She said, ‘Yes!’ "
She started practicing gymnastics at a young age.
She first tried gymnastics at just 6-years-old as part of a day-care field trip, where the instructors saw her potential and suggested that she continue with the sport.
She then went on to enroll in an optional training program at Bannon's Gymnastix.
Simone went from strength to strength.
She has grown to become one of our country's greatest Olympic champions.
In 2016, she won 4 gold medals at her first Olympic Games in Rio: 3 individual and 1 team, tying her with 4 other gymnasts for the Olympic record for the most gold medals won by a female gymnast in a single game.
After the Olympics, however, Simone took a year out.The Guardian that “I was so physically exhausted that I needed the break. Mentally and physically – I had earned it."
She has been open in the past about attending therapy.
She admitted that gymnastics was beginning to become toxic to her and that there were times when she found herself dreading going to the gym to train.
“I go to therapy to help with that because there were times when I didn't want to set foot in a gym. But am I going to let that keep me from my passion and the goals that I still have? It's just another bump you have to get over."
But, in typical Biles fashion, the gymnast came back in full force.
The 2018 World Championships were Biles' grand return to competition after her year out and, despite a few falls during her performances, she came out on top.
The margin of victory, even accounting for Simone's first falls in more than sixty career routines in the Olympics or world championships, marked the largest of her 4 all-around world titles.
And then, the gymnast returned to our headlines.
At the 2019 U.S. Gymnastics Championship in Kansas City, Missouri, the 5-time Olympic medalist made history by becoming the first-ever gymnast to land a double-twisting, double somersault dismount from the balance beam in a match.
Simone Biles, first person ever to attempt & land a double-twisting, double somersault dismount off the beam. 4-time Olympic gold medalist & 14 time World Championships gold medalist, on route to a record 6th national title. Her dominance knows no bounds. pic.twitter.com/JmWwUp1lZi— Elaine Buckley (@ElaineBucko) August 11, 2019
And she didn't stop there...
I mean. Seriously unbelievable. pic.twitter.com/aqIZQQOQDr— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) June 7, 2021
The very next day, the gymnast went on to become the first woman to perfect the triple-twist, double-flip move in her first pass on floor.
And one of these moves may even be named after her!
According to Team USA, if Simone replicates the double-double dismount from the balance beam at the international meet in October, the move will be named after her - The Biles.
And, of course, Simone has remained as humble as ever.
Commenting on her incredible victory, she said: "It wasn't as good as in training. I'm just happy that I landed it because I feel like after night one, my confidence got shot down. So I was really worried about it going into today, that's all I could worry about. So I was really happy."
Her sheer talent is breathtaking...
sometimes i'm like oh man being a comedy writer is so hard all the jokes have been done and then simone biles is ju… https://t.co/kHVY1yoGbD— Rachel Wenitsky (@Rachel Wenitsky)1565581994.0
We can't take our eyes off her...
National Gymnastics Day 🤎 https://t.co/oNYZBzvXZc— Simone Biles (@Simone Biles)1600554371.0
But then, Simone spoke out on a much more controversial issue.
3 years ago, USA Gymnastics trainer Larry Nassar was jailed for his sexual assaults against a series of young athletes.
The horrific story is told in Netflix documentary Athlete A.
But for Simone, this isn't enough...
And she spoke out on the subject.
"It's far from over. There's still a lot of questions that still need to be answered," she said. "Just who knew what, when? You guys have failed so many athletes — and most of us underage. You guys don't think that's a bigger problem?"
"We bring them medals. We do our part."
"You can't do your part in return? It's just, like, it's sickening."
And she has said she wouldn't even let her own daughter compete in U.S gymnastics.
"Because I don't feel comfortable enough, because they haven't taken accountability for their actions and what they've done. And they haven't ensured us that it's never going to happen again."
But aside from everything she's been through, she's really shown the world what she's made of...
And she recently made history YET again!
She landed what they're calling the hardest vault in women's gymnastic history... EVER.
Simone was competing at the 2021 GK U.S. Classic when she attempted what's called a Yurchenko double pike.
It's a seriously dangerous vault and if done wrong it could be career-ending... But Simone smashed it.
The judges assigned a difficulty value of 6.6 and she scored a 9.5 for her execution.
The first woman in history to land a Yurchenko double pike in competition. Our jaws are on the floor.… https://t.co/A3OqB1WvrP— Team USA (@Team USA)1621728846.0
Speaking about the vault, Simone said:
"To finally just put it out in a competition was quite nice, I know it's not the correct value that we want, but I can still do it, so why not show off my ability and athleticism."
Check it out below...
Simone Biles just became the first woman in history to land a Yurchenko double pike in competition 👸🏾 https://t.co/bVoZrqgRBK— Coach Christi, DNP 👩🏾⚕️🥎 (@Coach Christi, DNP 👩🏾⚕️🥎)1621730769.0
Wow, just wow. She truly is an inspiration.
However, things haven't exactly gone the way she hoped at the Tokyo Olympics...
Official statement: "Simone Biles has withdrawn from the team final competition due to a medical issue. She will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions."— USA Gymnastics (@USAGym) July 27, 2021
Thinking of you, Simone! pic.twitter.com/QA1GYHwWTv
As per CBS Sports, yesterday, Biles withdrew from the lineup after making an error on her vault in the opening minutes of the competition.
Biles had been expected to lead the U.S to gold in the team event...
But it just wasn't meant to be.
As per Sky News, a statement from USA Gymnastics said:
"Simone Biles has withdrawn from the team final competition due to a medical issue. She will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions."
Biles could be seen leaving the arena after the mishap, before returning to support her teammates with her foot taped up.
The gymnast told the BBC, after being asked if she was ok: "Yes, I'm okay. Just dealing with things internally that will get fixed out within the next couple of days. But super proud of how they stepped up to the plate tonight and worked."
It has since been revealed that Biles' with withdrew citing mental health concerns.
In a statement, USA Gymnastics said: "After further medical evaluation, Simone Biles was withdrawn from the final individual all-around competition at the Tokyo Olympic Games, in order to focus on her mental health. Simone will continue to be evaluated daily to determine whether or not to participate in next week's individual event finals. Jade Carey, who had the ninth-highest score in qualifications, will participate in her place in the all-around."
Speaking with reporters after the final, Biles said:
"Whenever you get in a high stress situation, you kind of freak out. I have to focus on my mental health and not jeopardize my health and well-being."
Of course, Biles' withdrawal comes with huge disappointment...
But, overall people have been very supportive and have praised her decision to prioritise her mental health...
For all the amazing competition moments Simone has given us to look up to, it’s really this moment that we should be showing our younger generation. She has looked out for and cheered on these younger athletes every step of the way. Class act.— Jennifer (@Jen_naaay) July 27, 2021
And while the vaults and skills and medals are cool, I think the most valuable thing that @Simone_Biles has given us is the reminder that the well-being of the athlete comes first. Full stop.— Spanny Lee Tampson (@SpannyTampson) July 27, 2021
It’s impossible to understand the pressure Simone Biles—the greatest gymnast in the history of the sport—and Naomi Osaka are feeling, but we’re lucky to live in a time where young Black trailblazers are publicly prioritizing their mental health above all else. That’s power.— Evette Dionne (@freeblackgirl) July 27, 2021
Biles even received the support of several famous faces.
Michelle Obama took to Twitter to praise Biles, writing: "Am I good enough? Yes, I am. The mantra I practice daily. @Simone_Biles, we are proud of you and we are rooting for you. Congratulations on the the silver medal, Team @USA!"
While Uzo Adub said this "is what a champion looks like."
And Hoda Kotb wrote: "Someone said it best. @Simone_Biles already won. She is a class act. Withdrew from team competion after vault... stayed and cheered on her teammates... got them chalk for their hands.. encouraged.. hugged them. She already won. Congrats on the silver medal!"
Also among those famous faces sending Biles a message of support was Ellen DeGeneres.
But it seems her tweet hasn't gone down so well...
Keep plugging away, trying to rehab that image Ellen.— anonisanon (@anonisanon6) July 27, 2021
😂 what about the mental health of the Ellen Show employees? Did you care about that?— Michael J. Cox (@MichaelJCox24) July 27, 2021
But if she was one of your employees you'd have thrown a solid gold book at her head.— Ray T (@rayt4bern) July 27, 2021
Yeah I’m sure if she worked for you and tried to take a day off because she was stressed you’d have allowed it. I mean we all know how well you treat your employees.— Matteo Dbl U (@MatW28049768) July 27, 2021
Not the time for puns. You still don’t get it.— Julie (she/her) (@julz9600) July 28, 2021
I wonder how’s the mental health of the people working your show....— Anabolico PhD (@AnabolicoPhd) July 27, 2021
As solid as allowing a hostile work environment?— Churros Gamboa (@ChurrosGamboa) July 27, 2021
don’t you have staff to abuse— Johnny (@jackthizzzle) July 27, 2021
Ellen DeGeneres responded to Biles' news with a tweet reading:
.@Simone_Biles, you're solid gold in my book.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) July 27, 2021
"@Simone_Biles, you're solid gold in my book."
Leading people to slam her as last year, numerous allegations were made about the Ellen Show being a toxic work environment.
They also claimed DeGeneres treated her staff poorly.
What do you think of the response?