If you weren’t ready to let your obsession with ice dancing legends Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir go when the Winter Olympics ended last month, you certainly weren’t alone. After two additional weeks of Tessa and Scott fever the world over, Ellen DeGeneres — valiant hunter of all things viral — finally decided she needed to have the incredible pair on the show (weekdays at 4 p.m. ET on CTV).
Ellen seemed to agree with the general consensus of all people who have ever seen the two look at each other that either Tessa and Scott have to be dating, or they should be. Seriously, after they literally danced onto the stage in their typical chemistry-exuding manner, how are we supposed to concentrate on their invariable denials of their couplehood? The first time Ellen asked the question, point-blank, Tessa had an answer so diplomatic that she was basically just an American birth certificate away from running a “Virtue 2020” campaign.
“We are not [a couple], but we always say ‘that’s a big compliment’ because what we portray on the ice is really important to us and we really love getting into character, we love telling a story,” she said, “A lot of the emotions we portray are universal themes that resonate with everyone so the fact that people feel invested in our partnership is truly remarkable.”
Well played, Tessa. Ellen definitely thought she caught them a minute later though when Tessa started talking about being “grateful” to Scott for his “partnership.”
Take a shot every time Tessa & Scott say the word partnership
— W (@winniext) March 21, 2018
“In those moments when the music ended in PyeongChang, I just looked at Scott and I was so grateful to have lived the last 20 years by his side and to share in that moment together,” she said. To which Ellen replied, “So you’re a couple.”
Scott revealed shortly thereafter that the two did date once when he was nine and Tessa was seven (something that isn’t news to avid fans).
“I think mostly our families were laughing at us. They kind of set us up,” Scott said, “It was the same thing actually as when we started ice dancing. They kind of put us together for their amusement and all of a sudden 20 years later we’re still doing it so joke’s on them.”
That 20 years together served them well when Ellen put them to the test in a Newlywed-type game called “The Definitely Not Dating Game” featuring a very steamy title card.
If you’re over the whole couple thing and just want to know if we’ll get to see Virtue-Moir skate more, the pair also said that PyeongChang was “probably” their last Olympics, but wouldn’t say outright that they we won’t see them in 2022. The cross-Canada Stars on Ice tour next month is a go though if you need to see the not-couple in action again.
Ellen to Scott and Tessa: We’re gonna test how much chemistry you really do have together. Even tho you’re not together… But you should be.
— Ally R.S 🌹 (@whereisx6) March 20, 2018
You two look great together. Have you considered dating?
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 20, 2018
The Ellen Degeneres Show airs weekdays at 4 p.m. ET on CTV and 10 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. CT on CTV Two.