Ellen DeGeneres believes that everyone should be able to lie on an airplane.
The 62-year-old talk show host on Wednesday’s show discusses the subject of a recent viral video, in which a Virginia Beach woman named Wendi Williams shot a man who slapped the back of her chair while on a flight from last month American Airlines New Orleans to Charlotte.
Ellen played the clip for her audience and then questioned who they believed were right, with almost everyone for the woman.
Current Events: Ellen DeGeneres, 62, raised the subject of a recent viral video, in which a Virginia Beach woman named Wendi Williams shot a man who slapped the back of her seat while aboard a flight last month from American Airlines from New Orleans to Charlotte
“The video started a big debate about who is right in the situation: the man or the woman,” said Ellen. “I can’t believe there’s a debate about this.”
Ellen told her audience the background facts of the testy situation because the man couldn’t sit back because he was in the last row; and that he had asked the woman to move her chair when his meal arrived, which she agreed.
But when his meal ended and she started to lean back, Ellen said, “He started a boxing match with her chair.”
Ellen said she took the side of the woman in the matter and made a joke: “For me, the only, only time it’s ever good to hit someone’s chair is if the chair hits you first.”
Williams divided social media after embarrassing a fellow traveler who claimed to have repeatedly hit her chair when she leaned back
Survey says: Ellen played the clip for her audience and then questioned who they believed were right – with almost everyone for the woman
Sense of humor: Ellen said that she took the side of the woman in the matter, joking: “For me, the only, only time it’s ever good to hit someone’s chair if the chair hits you first”
Ellen said that although she understands that the male passenger felt uncomfortable and in an unfavorable situation, “the airline’s seats are made to lean back and that she has the right to lean back her seat.”
Ellen said the male passenger showed immatureness with his physical response to the unfavorable situation: “You are also an adult and you must behave like an adult … do not choose her as a third class.”
She played the expression “Be kind to each other,” she said, “lean to each other.”
In related news, Williams said this week that she only started recording the man after she was ignored by the flight attendant. She says she was trying to attract the attention of the flight attendant, but she couldn’t do that with her camera phone to film him.
In an interview with Fox & friends on Monday, Williams said: “I left a teachers’ conference and we got on the plane and the man behind me, as soon as we got up in the air, I leaned and asked me if I would put my chair back on while he ate, what I did.
Wendi Williams appeared on Fox & Friends on Monday to ask the man ‘to come out of the woodwork’
Williams says she is now considering legal action against American Airlines
“About 10 minutes later he was ready and I put my chair back at the point where he started punching the back of my chair completely hard that I flew forward. I tried to attract the attention of the stewardess and she did not respond. So the only thing I could think of was to film the man and maybe I thought that would stop him. “
When the stewardess, a woman she called Loretta, finally came to their seats, Williams says she not only chose the man’s side, but also threatened to arrest her for filming him.
“When she finally came, she had an attitude toward me and said,” What? ” And I said, “The man behind me hits me repeatedly,” and she went back to him like changed personalities, and was the friendliest person in the world, and said, “Oh, are you okay? It’s really tight here, I’m sorry. , “and then she said to me:” Delete the video “and I thought,” Why should I delete the video? ”
Williams has said that she plans to sue American Airlines because of her claims that she caused the man’s drink to leak when she leaned back. She also asks for the man to be publicly identified so that she can file charges and claims that he actually hit her harder on the chair before she started filming.
“I wish he would come from the woodwork,” she said Monday.
The fight divided travelers, many of whom said the man was justified in his response.
Delta CEO also said that none of the passengers behaved in an acceptable manner.
American said in a statement: “We are aware of a customer dispute that occurred on American Eagle flight 4392, conducted by Republic Airways on January 31.
“The safety and comfort of our customers and team members is our top priority and our team is investigating the problem.”