Lawsuit: DeGeneres mocked woman's name for breast joke

Ellen DeGeneres

MACON, Ga. -- A Georgia real-estate agent is suing the producer of the "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," claiming the comedian mispronounced her name to make a joke about breasts.

Titi (pronounced TEE'-tee) Pierce alleges in the lawsuit filed against Warner Bros. last week DeGeneres displayed one of Pierce's real-estate signs during the Feb. 22 show that was rerun April 15. It states DeGeneres led into the joke about Pierce's name after showing a sign for the unrelated Nipple Convalescent Home.

The suit states the sign included Pierce's cellphone number, and she was subjected to "ridiculing and harassing" phone calls. The suit claims invasion of privacy, defamation and emotional distress. It seeks unspecified monetary damages.

Warner Bros. didn't respond to a request for comment.

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