On the Feb. 22 episode of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," Ellen made a joke about breasts during her regular comedy bit called "What’s Wrong With These Ads… and These Signs" (video below).
The breast joke has made her the subject of a lawsuit. Or, as the New York Daily News put it, an attempt to "milk some cash out of the talk show host."
The legal action is at the behest of a Coldwell Banker real estate agent named Titi Pierce, who pronounces her name "TEE TEE." Ellen, however, pronounced the name "Titty" while showing one of Pierce’s real estate signs.
The gag was set up by the previous sign that Ellen showed in the same segment, for a place in Pennsylvania awkwardly named the Nipple Convalescent Home.
But Pierce didn’t find the joke funny and sued Warner Brothers (the producer of "Ellen"), alleging invasion of privacy, defamation and emotional distress, the Daily News notes. The woman's phone number was reportedly displayed during the segment on the "Ellen" show, and Pierce said she has received harassing calls since the episode aired.
The lawsuit was filed during the week of May 30, and the monetary damages sought in the lawsuit have not been specified.
But the record was set straight on the correct pronunciation of Pierce’s first name.
"Prior to defendant’s misdeeds, Ms. Pierce has been called only by her name 'Titi,' which, as grammar dictates, is pronounced 'TEE TEE,'" the lawsuit states, according to the Daily News.
Warner Brothers has yet to issue a statement on the controversy.