shared some sad new with her studio audience on Thursday, announcing that her father, Elliot DeGeneres,
had passed away earlier this week. He was 92.
Before going to break Ellen said, “There’s something else I want to talk about. I mentioned yesterday when I was talking about all the mudslides that are going on in my community of Montecito, which is heartbreaking, I said that I had a lot going on in my life. In addition to what’s going on in Montecito, I lost my dad this week.”
As a black-and-white picture of herself and her father was shown on the screen behind her, the host went on to say, “That is my dad, Elliot. That’s me when I was, I don’t know hold old I was, but I do remember that picture. He was 92-years-old, he had a good long life, and he lived his life exactly how he wanted. He was Christian Science his entire life, he never had medicine his whole life—never went to a doctor. I never had a vaccination. We never had medicine growing up. And he lived to be 92.”
“He was very proud of me. He loved the show and he was a kind man, a very accepting man. There was not one bone of judgment in his body. He was very funny. I think my brother Vance and I got our sense of humor for him,” she continued.
“We only took one family vacation. When I was a little girl, we came to this lot, to the Warner Bros. lot, and took the tour and went around. And now, I work on the Warner Bros. lot and I have my own stage with my name on it. So he was really proud of that.”
Ellen went on to say that prior to her father passing she was able to talk with him and “say goodbye” and just 10 minutes before he died, she got a touching sign from the universe: a rainbow over the stage they named for The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
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“I was leaving the building, and I looked back and there was a rainbow over the Warner Bros. studio. This looks photoshopped. This is what I saw after I talked to my dad and he died 10 minutes later after that,” she said referencing a photo shared with audiences of a large rainbow above the Warner Bros. building.
She added, “Pretty amazing…I got a rainbow before he died.”