Red handed

Um, awkward: Ellen audience member caught stealing in hidden camera footage

Say cheese. Ellen DeGeneres‘ hidden camera stunts have long been a hallmark of the show, but they took a deliciously awkward turn when one audience member was caught stealing.

To mark the show’s 14th season, DeGeneres went full-blown Oprah and decided to have a giveaway for audience members, telling everyone they could each take one free gift from the gift shop.

Since there was no security watching over the shop, people could take more than just one and get away scot-free — or so they thought.

“I just wanted to see how honest my audience was,” DeGeneres says.

“It turns out you’re very, very honest. But we set up hidden cameras just to make sure.”

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One audience  member was commended for paying for another item that she wanted, rather than simply stealing it.

And then there’s Nancy. Oh, Nancy. Goddamit it, Nancy.

In the hidden video footage, Nancy’s friends inquire if she’s taking “more stuff”and Nancy says, “Shhh. No, Shut up,” pilfering numerous souvenirs.

Ellen decided to make life intensely awkward for all of us by airing the undercover footage catching Nancy in the act of cat burgling.

Of course, no one felt more awkward than Nancy. Oh, Nancy. Goddamit it, Nancy.

“I like that you liked the products so much that you wanted to bring one back for your sister,” Ellen tells a cowering Nancy.

“You’re the kind of person that when you go trick-or-treating and nobody’s home you don’t just take one piece of candy, you take the bowl.”

Then she had Nancy removed from her seat.

“Let that be a lesson to you,” DeGeneres crowed.

“You think nobody’s watching you, and you just need to be a good person…You go sit in that Ellen chair right now.”


h/t: Pink News