The Ellen DeGeneres Show always features an exciting lineup of guests ranging from our favorite celebrities to viral internet sensations. Host Ellen Degeneres is, without a doubt, a gift to our TV screens. With her electric personality, her relatable humor, her kindness and dedication to many causes, we can’t help but love her and her way of making anyone smile while watching her show. In the spirit of her 60th birthday that just passed (she doesn’t look a day over 40!), we’ve compiled a list of some of the coolest moments on her show in recent months! Get ready to laugh and maybe grab a tissue or two!
5.) Meeting The First-Ever Nigerian Bobsleigh Team
In light of the upcoming Winter Olympics, Ellen invited the first-ever Nigerian bobsleigh team to the show. Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga, who are Nigerian-American, qualified as the first African team to compete in bobsleigh competition. The energetic trio danced onto the stage with Ellen as they celebrated their historic qualification. Ellen then gifted the trio with a parting gift of a flag with her face on it, for the team members to wave when they cross the finish line at the Winter Games.
4.) Giving This Viral Food Critic The Chance of a Lifetime
Kalen Allen took the internet by storm with his hilarious food critic reaction videos. In just a few months, Allen has garnered millions of views on his videos of his reactions to recipe videos. Ellen invited him to the show, where she then offered him a deal to continue producing his videos. Once again, Ellen provides a platform for up-and-coming artists and creatives and helps them get one step closer to realizing their dreams.
3.) Receiving Portia De Rossi’s Touching Birthday Gift
Ellen celebrated her birthday week with a series of special guests, including Michelle Obama and Jennifer Aniston, and all types of surprises for the audiences. However, on her big day, Ellen would be the one treated to a special surprise by her wife, Portia de Rossi. Rossi gave the ultimate birthday gift by setting up a wildlife fund that will carry on the work of one of Ellen’s heroes, Dian Fossey, an influential primatologist known for her work with endangered gorillas in Rwanda. Ellen’s emotional response was definitely a tear-jerker.
2.) Having a Pixar-Off with Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks and Ellen made all of our Disney Pixar dreams come true when they did an impromptu “Pixar-off” reprising their roles of Woody (Toy Story) and Dory (Finding Dory). The kids in all of us couldn’t help but love seeing some of Pixar’s biggest stars unite and come to life on TV.
1.) Surprising The Audience with $1 million
Ellen is known for being a giving person, but she really outdid herself during her birthday week. Continuing her weeklong celebration, Ellen surprised an audience with $1 million to celebrate Cheerios’ initiative One Million Acts of Good. The audience comprised people from all over the country who had given to their communities in different ways. From hurricane relief to organ donors, Ellen honored them by dividing $1 million among them to “continue to share the good.”
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