Blake Shelton corrects Ellen DeGeneres in awkward exchange: 'But you didn't give it to me ...'

Just weeks after Dakota Johnson pointedly corrected Ellen DeGeneres on her show, Blake Shelton followed suit in a slightly awkward exchange that aired this week.

A few minutes into Shelton's appearance "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," DeGeneres segued into the topic of his four-year relationship with Gwen Stefani: "Let's talk about Gwen," she said as Shelton chuckled. "Now, I gave you a clock. Remember that clock? To remind you that time is ticking."

DeGeneres was referring to Shelton's May 2019 appearance on the show, during which she gifted him a custom wall clock featuring a big close-up photo of the couple sharing a kiss. At the time, she explained that she'd recently given an identical gift to Jennifer Lopez, and "literally like a week later, [Alex Rodriguez] proposed to her," DeGeneres said, showcasing an image of J.Lo holding her clock before handing Shelton one of his own.

This time around, however, Shelton had counter-argument on deck: "But you didn't give it to me!" he replied. "I walked backstage and somebody back there was like, 'Hey, thanks for being on the show. Can I have that?' And they took it."

DeGeneres appeared caught off-guard: "Well, that's not right," she said before briefly addressing her staff. "We can't — why do we need it?"

"You took it back because whoever your next guest was, you replaced the picture and did the same crap to them and embarrassed them," Shelton said.

DeGeneres replied, "You know what, you're right, because we did that to Jennifer Lopez and now she's engaged!"

Shelton, possibly forgetting that he'd been shown Lopez's clock before receiving his own back in May, laughed and said, "You gave her my clock!"

"Uh-huh, and now she's engaged!" DeGeneres said.

Toward the end of the interview, Shelton brought up the topic again, joking of another item, "I won't take it back from you like you did the clock."

Again looking off-camera, a seemingly agitated DeGeneres asked, "Why don't we —" before saying to Shelton, "I don't know why you don't have it." She then added, "We spend money making it, we give it to him."

While moments of the exchange felt a bit strained, it was nowhere near the awkwardness of DeGeneres' terse conversation with Dakota Johnson in late November: The host asked Johnson why she hadn't been invited to her recent birthday party, prompting a candid reaction.

"Actually no, that’s not the truth, Ellen. You were invited," Johnson replied slowly. "Last time I was on the show last year, you gave me a bunch of s--t about not inviting you ... I didn't even know you liked me."

After DeGeneres pressed her on it — "Are you sure?" — Johnson firmly responded, "Ask everybody. Ask Jonathan, your producer."

Ironically enough, DeGeneres might have been better off going to the birthday party: It was the same October weekend she spent at a football game next to President George W. Bush, which quickly elicited major controversy.

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BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 13: (EDITORS NOTE: Retransmission with alternate crop.) (L-R) Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton attend "Bennett's War" Los Angeles Premiere at Warner Bros. Studios on August 13, 2019 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images for Forrest Film)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 13: (L-R) Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton, Trace Adkins, and Victoria Pratt attend "Bennett's War" Los Angeles Premiere at Warner Bros. Studios on August 13, 2019 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images for Forrest Film)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 27: (L-R) Kingston Rossdale, Apollo Bowie Flynn Rossdale, Blake Shelton, and Gwen Stefani attend STX Films World Premiere of "UglyDolls" at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on April 27, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 27: Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Janelle Monae attend the after party for the STX films world premiere of "Ugly Dolls" at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on April 27, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 27: Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton arrive at the STX Films World Premiere Of "UglyDolls" at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on April 27, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 07: (L-R) Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani during the 54th Academy Of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 07, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/ACMA2019/FilmMagic for ACM )
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 07: (L-R) Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani pose in the audience during the 54th Academy Of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 07, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by John Shearer/ACMA2019/Getty Images for ACM)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 07: (L-R) Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani during the 54th Academy Of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 07, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/ACMA2019/FilmMagic for ACM )
SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 11: 2018 E! PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS -- Pictured: (l-r) Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Mae Whitman and Christina Hendricks pose during the 2018 E! People's Choice Awards held at the Barker Hangar on November 11, 2018 -- NUP_185072 -- (Photo by Christopher Polk/E! Entertainment/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 11: 2018 E! PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS -- Pictured: (l-r) Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton backstage during the 2018 E! People's Choice Awards held at the Barker Hangar on November 11, 2018 -- NUP_185073 -- (Photo by Todd Williamson/E! Entertainment/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 11: 2018 E! PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS -- Pictured: (l-r) Carson Daly, Siri Pinter, Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton pose with their awards for Competition Show of 2018 for' The Voice' backstage during the 2018 E! People's Choice Awards held at the Barker Hangar on November 11, 2018 -- NUP_185073 -- (Photo by Todd Williamson/E! Entertainment/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 11: 2018 E! PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS -- Pictured: (l-r) Carson Daly, Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton on stage during the 2018 E! People's Choice Awards held at the Barker Hangar on November 11, 2018 -- NUP_185094 -- (Photo by Alberto Rodriguez/E! Entertainment/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 28: Singer Gwen Stefani (L) and recording artist Blake Shelton attend the grand opening of her 'Gwen Stefani - Just a Girl' residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on June 28, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 28: Singer Gwen Stefani (L) and recording artist Blake Shelton attend the grand opening of the 'Gwen Stefani - Just a Girl' residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on June 28, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 28: Singer Gwen Stefani (L) and recording artist Blake Shelton attend the grand opening of the 'Gwen Stefani - Just a Girl' residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on June 28, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 15: Blake Shelton (L) and Gwen Stefani attend the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 15, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/ACMA2018/FilmMagic for ACM)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 15: Blake Shelton (L) and Gwen Stefani attend the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 15, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/ACMA2018/FilmMagic for ACM)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 15: Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani attend the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 15, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by John Shearer/ACMA2018/Getty Images for ACM)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 15: Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani attend the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 15, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/ACMA2018/Getty Images for ACM)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 15: Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani attend the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 15, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by John Shearer/ACMA2018/Getty Images for ACM)
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EAST HAMPTON, NY - AUGUST 20: Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani attend the Apollo in the Hamptons 2016 party at The Creeks on August 20, 2016 in East Hampton, New York. (Photo by Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
EAST HAMPTON, NY - AUGUST 20: Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani perform at Apollo in the Hamptons 2016 at The Creeks on August 20, 2016 in East Hampton, New York. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Apollo)
EAST HAMPTON, NY - AUGUST 20: Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Ronald O. Perelman attend Apollo in the Hamptons 2016 at The Creeks on August 20, 2016 in East Hampton, New York. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Apollo)
EAST HAMPTON, NY - AUGUST 20: Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani attend Apollo in the Hamptons 2016 at The Creeks on August 20, 2016 in East Hampton, New York. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Apollo)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MAY 22: Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani are seen on stage during the 2016 Billboard Music Awards held at the T-Mobile Arena on May 22, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani embrace after performing "Go Ahead And Break My Heart" at the 2016 Billboard Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., May 22, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 22: Recording artists Gwen Stefani (L) and Blake Shelton perform onstage during the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 22, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CA - MAY 09: Singers Blake Shelton (L) and Gwen Stefani perform on the Honda Stage at the iHeartRadio Theater on May 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
BURBANK, CA - MAY 09: Singers Blake Shelton (L) and Gwen Stefani perform on the Honda Stage at the iHeartRadio Theater on May 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
DISNEY CHANNEL PRESENTS THE RADIO DISNEY MUSIC AWARDS - Entertainment's brightest young stars turned out for the 2016 Radio Disney Music Awards (RDMA), music's biggest event for families, at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Saturday, April 30. 'Disney Channel Presents the 2016 Radio Disney Music Awards' airs Sunday, May 1 (7:00 p.m. EDT). (Image Group LA /Disney Channel) BLAKE SHELTON, GWEN STEFANI
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Recording artists Gwen Stefani (L) and Blake Shelton arrive at the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Recording artists Gwen Stefani (L) and Blake Shelton arrive at the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 14: Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani attend the 2016 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons honoring Irving Azoff at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 14, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 14: Recording artists Blake Shelton (L) and Gwen Stefani attend the 2016 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons honoring Irving Azoff at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 14, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 27: Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton wave to fans prior to the NFL game between the Green Bay Packers and Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 27, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 27: Musicians Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton attend the NFL game between the Green Bay Packers and Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 27, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Dec 27, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; Recording artist Gwen Stefani (left) and country singer boyfriend Blake Shelton on the Arizona Cardinals sideline prior to the game against the Green Bay Packers at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 27: Musicians Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton attend the NFL game between the Green Bay Packers and Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 27, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Cast member Blake Shelton and singer Gwen Stefani laugh at the party following the premiere for "The Angry Birds Movie" in Los Angeles, U.S., May 7, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0126 -- Pictured: (l-r) Singer Gwen Stefani and singer Blake Shelton during a lip synch battle on September 17, 2014 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- Season: 7 -- Pictured: (l-r) Adam Levine, Carson Daly, Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton, Pharrell Williams -- (Photo by: Art Streiber/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Blind Auditions' Episode 701 -- Pictured: (l-r) Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams, Blake Shelton -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Blind Auditions' Episode 701 -- Pictured: (l-r) Adam Levine, Pharrell Williams, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Carson Daly -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Blind Auditions' Episode 701 -- Pictured: (l-r) Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton, Pharrell Williams -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Show' Episode 718B -- Pictured: (l-r) Gwen Stefani, Craig Wayne Boyd, Blake Shelton -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Season 9 Press Junket' -- Pictured: (l-r) Pharrell Williams, Adam Levine, Carson Daly, Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0353 -- Pictured: (l-r) Singer Adam Levine, singer Gwen Stefani, host Jimmy Fallon, singer Blake Shelton, and singer Pharrell Williams play Spin the Microphone with The Voice Coaches on October 26, 2015 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Blind Auditions' -- Pictured: (l-r) Pharrell Williams, Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0353 -- Pictured: (l-r) Singer Adam Levine, singer Gwen Stefani, host Jimmy Fallon, singer Blake Shelton, and singer Pharrell Williams play Spin the Microphone with The Voice Coaches on October 26, 2015 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 27: Singers Adam Levine,Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Pharell Williams are seen on the 'Today Show'on October 27, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0353 -- Pictured: (l-r) Singer Adam Levine, singer Gwen Stefani, host Jimmy Fallon, singer Blake Shelton, and singer Pharrell Williams play Spin the Microphone with The Voice Coaches on October 26, 2015 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Top 11' Episode 915B -- Pictured: (l-r) Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams, Blake Shelton -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Semis' Episode 917B -- Pictured: (l-r) Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams, Blake Shelton -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Show' Episode 718B -- Pictured: (l-r) Gwen Stefani, Craig Wayne Boyd, Blake Shelton -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 27: (L-R) Kingston Rossdale, Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton, Apollo Bowie Flynn Rossdale, and Zuma Nesta Rock Rossdale arrive at the STX Films World Premiere Of "UglyDolls" at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on April 27, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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