MACON, Ga. -- A Warner Robins real estate agent has filed a lawsuit against Warner Bros. Entertainment after she said Ellen DeGeneres referred to her in a derogatory way on her daytime talk show, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."
According to the lawsuit, DeGeneres showed a picture of one of Titi Pierce's real estate signs during a segment of her show that aired on February 22nd that DeGeneres calls "What's Wrong with These Ads...and These Signs?" and referred to Pierce as "titty Pierce," rather than what Pierce says is the correct pronunciation, "Tee-Tee."
Pierce alleges in the lawsuit that her cell phone number, which was on the sign that aired in the segment, was not blurred out, causing her to receive "ridiculing and harassing telephone calls and voice mail messages, which continued at all hours of the day and night" in addition to ridicule in her hometown Warner Robins. She alleges that the airing of this segment has caused her "much pain and suffering."
Pierce also alleges that despite calling Warner Bros. and explaining to them the proper pronunciation of her name, the company aired the segment again nearly two months later, leading to repeated ridicule.
Pierce claims that "Titi" is a Nigerian name meaning "flower" and that no one has ever mispronounced her name in such a manner in her life.
She is suing Warner Bros., the entertainment company that publishes "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," on claims of false light invasion of privacy, misappropriation of likeness, defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress.