Ellen DeGeneres chiseled through the endearing shyness of freshly-minted U.S. Open champ Naomi Osaka on Wednesday, particularly when Ellen ignored her repeated pleas not to text her celebrity crush, Michael B. Jordan.
Earlier, Ellen asked what Serena Williams said to her as the crowd began booing during the trophy ceremony. The soft-spoken 20-year-old replied: “She said that she was proud of me and that I should know that the crowd wasn’t booing at me. So I was really happy with what she said.”
Williams was fined $17,000 for three code violations during her loss on Saturday. The tournament referee’s office on Sunday docked her $10,000 for “verbal abuse” of chair umpire Carlos Ramos, $4,000 for being warned for coaching and $3,000 for smashing her racket.
DeGeneres also wanted to know what Osaka was doing underneath the towel that she draped over her entire head and face for a spell while awaiting the trophy ceremony.
“Were you texting? …Were you knitting?” Ellen asked.
“I was reading what I should say just in case for my speech because I’m not very good at talking,” she said.
Watch Osaka’s full interview on “Ellen,” followed by Michael B. Jordan’s video response, and – in case your memory needs refreshing – highlights of the U.S. Open match and trophy ceremony:
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