Ellen DeGeneres' Boob Joke Leads to Lawsuit

Titi Pierce is suing Warner Bros.
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 8, 2016 11:36 AM CDT

Warner Bros. might have to pay a high price for a joke Ellen DeGeneres made on her show back in February. During a segment about funny signs, DeGeneres aired a picture of a sign a viewer sent in for Georgia real estate agent Titi Pierce. Surely you can see where this is going: DeGeneres referred to the woman as "Titty" Pierce, and a lawsuit has now followed, the Independent reports. Per Pierce's suit, her name is actually pronounced "Tee Tee ... as grammar dictates," and (though this gives a lot of credit to the nation's elementary school students), "in all of her 35 years of life, no one has ever referred to Ms. Pierce as 'titty' until the Defendant did so on February 22, 2016 on national television."

The suit, which was filed against Warner Bros. because it's the Ellen Show's parent company, claims DeGeneres' producers didn't blur out the personal cell phone number appearing on the sign, and Pierce got a bunch of "ridiculous and harassing" calls afterward. Per the New York Daily News, one caller left a voicemail saying, "Bahhh, your name is titty Pierce, bahhh, bahhh, titty, bahhh, Ellen DeGeneres told me to call you." For those of you who aren't familiar with the name Titi, it's a Nigerian name meaning "flower." Pierce wants damages, plus assurance the episode will not air again. (Read more Ellen DeGeneres stories.)

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