It's hard to change such a habit after nine years.
Ellen Degeneres is not the first, nor will she be the last, to struggle against the habit of calling Jenna Dewan 'Jenna Dewan-Tatum'. But she gracefully apologised for the split when the dancer and actress appeared on her show this week, with the star being thoroughly forgiving about it.
Jenna Dewan at NBC Universal Summer Upfront event
The talk-show host made the slip-up when she was introducing Jenna to the stage to join her 'World of Dance' co-stars Jennifer Lopez with Derek Hough and Ne-Yo, and addressed it directly towards the end of the interview with her sincere apologies.
'I'm so sorry, I introduced you and I- it was just such a habit, and I have to say the way that you and Channing are handling everything is beautiful', Ellen told her. 'I apologise - I just have known both of you for so long and I'm so used to saying [Jenna Dewan-Tatum].'
Jenna wasn't about to be mad about it though; after all, there's hardly a whole bunch of hostility between her and estranged husband Channing Tatum. They remain good friends and co-parents as they navigate this difficult time in their life.
'I know, I know, thank you', she said. 'Honestly, thank you and everybody for all the love and support. I mean, it's truly so moving.'
She's certainly got a lot to distract her at the moment with the 'World of Dance' show, but she's about to spend her first Mother's Day as a single parent, which is unlikely to be easy. She just wants to spend May 13th with 4-year-old Everly, doing mother-daughter things.
'I always want Mother's Day to be like family', she told ET. 'I want to do something together, I want to be with Evie. Just have a really nice day and then the next day I want to go to the spa. That's what I want. I want the balance. I want the mommy time and then I want the me time. So that's my plan.'
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