Michelle Obama will help Ellen DeGeneres celebrate her 60th birthday by appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show this Thursday. Obama has already appeared on DeGeneres’ show a few times. They memorably danced together to Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” in a 2015 episode to support Obama’s efforts to raise awareness for her Gimme Five initiative, which promotes healthier lifestyle choices, and they had a rather hilarious trip to CVS complete with spontaneous wine purchases. Needless to say, there’s a lot of love between these two pals, and thankfully, it looks like the lovefest is going to keep going for the occasion of DeGeneres’ 60th birthday celebrations on Ellen.
On Monday, Jan. 29, it was announced via a number of outlets, including The Hill, that the former FLOTUS would appear as a guest on Ellen as part of the ongoing celebrations for DeGeneres’ 60th birthday. As The Hill reports it, “The audience for the first of two birthday-themed shows will be ‘filled with people who are paying it forward’ and have participated in DeGeneres’s #OneMillionActsofGood campaign,” which only makes this event sound even more special and exciting — the fact that Obama is appearing for an interview is the sweet, sweet cherry on top.
There’s no word yet on what we can expect Obama to talk about, but there’s no doubt DeGeneres will ask her about her life thus far in 2018, new projects she’s working on and maybe even how she thinks President Trump is doing one year into his presidency. Prepare for anything and everything.
This will mark Obama’s first interview since leaving the White House. She gave her last interview to Oprah Winfrey back in December 2016 shortly before she and her family left the White House. At the time, her words were somber, as she feared for the future following Donald Trump’s election.
“See, now we are feeling what not having hope feels like, you know,” Obama said when Winfrey asked her about the success of her husband’s Hope campaign. “Hope is necessary. It is a necessary concept. What do you give your kids if you can’t give them hope?”
The former first lady is far from the only celebrity who will help DeGeneres celebrate her 60th birthday. Jennifer Aniston is apparently coming along for the ride, and other notable guests will also be on hand for the show. Thankfully, there will two episodes, one on Thursday and one on Friday, to comprise this birthday celebration.
DeGeneres will also reportedly reveal her biggest giveaway in 15 seasons; is anyone else thinking she’ll pull an Oprah and give everyone a car, or is it just me?