For so many years, we’ve been able to count on Ellen DeGeneres to make us laugh. Once in a while, though, she also manages to bring tears to our eyes. Today is one of those days.
In an emotional moment on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Thursday, she revealed that her father died earlier this week.
“I lost my dad this week. He was 92 years old,” she told her audience during the show. “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. He never went to a doctor. We never had a vaccination. We never had medicine growing up, and he lived to be 92.”
She continued, “He was very proud of me. He loved this show. He was a kind man, very accepting man. There was not one bone of judgment in his body. He was very funny… Before he passed away I got to talk to him, so I got to say goodbye to him.”
But even more touching than DeGeneres’ tribute to her father on her show might be the one she posted to Twitter. She shared a sweet memory from her childhood that helped encourage her to go into show business.
“When I was a kid, my dad took us on one vacation to Warner Bros. Studios. He loved this business. He loved that I was in it. When he died, I saw this rainbow over the stage they named for me,” she wrote, posting a photo of the gorgeous rainbow over the studio with her poster on the side.
When I was a kid, my dad took us on one vacation to Warner Bros. Studios. He loved this business. He loved that I was in it. When he died, I saw this rainbow over the stage they named for me. pic.twitter.com/QQswe3mwfi
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) January 12, 2018
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Our hearts go out to Ellen during this tough time.