Channing Tatum Demonstrates What Male Strippers Do

The Dear John star shows Ellen DeGenres what he used to do in his former job

Photo: Michael Rozman/Warner Bros.

He stars in the No. 1 movie of last weekend, and she’s just joined the cast of TV’s top-rated show – why shouldn’t they make beautiful music together?

And though the music wasn’t exactly beautiful, new American Idol judge Ellen DeGeneres did seem rhapsodic at having her talk-show guest Channing Tatum demonstrate some of the moves he made in his former job as a male “dancer.”

“What kind of dancer were you, Channing?” DeGeneres asked Tatum, 29, for an episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show airing Wednesday.

“I was a stripper,” replied the Dear John star, prompting loud applause from the in-studio audience. “Look,” he said, “I’m not proud of it, but I’m not ashamed of it.”

Explaining that he appeared at a venue named Male Revue, Channing was asked if he did lap dances. “I don’t know what men strippers do,” DeGeneres admitted.

And so, Tatum demonstrated what men strippers do – though, if the photo provided by the show’s publicity department is any indication, not a thread was removed. Still, said Tatum, “Now I’m embarrassed.”

And while she was short of cash, DeGeneres, as usual, was not short on comment.

Having the final word, Tatum said, “Don’t worry. That one was on the house.”

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