DeGeneres' mom, Betty, appears in many episodes of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and is often seen sitting in the audience.
After the Montecito mudslides caused major destruction, with at least 15 deaths reported in the area, to Ellen DeGeneres' neighborhood, the daytime host took a moment during her Thursday show to FaceTime with neighbor Oprah Winfrey as they shared emotional updates post-mudslide.
This week, at the age of 92, my father Elliott DeGeneres passed away.
Oprah shared what her own home looked like during the call and also showed around her neighbourhood area.
"Before we go to break, there's something else I want to talk about". Ellen Degeneres was forced to flee her home in the wake of the Californian mudslides which have destroyed hundreds of properties in Montecito. He was Christian Science his entire life, he never had medicine his whole life - never went to a doctor.
"It's devastating. We've lost so many lives and it's a tiny community and nobody would've expected, certainly, I did not, that after we survived the fire and the rain came. We never had medicine growing up and he lived to be 92". "And he lived to be 92".
On her talk show, DeGeneres said that the picturesque town of 9,000 is a "tight-knit" community. "I'm standing right now in, still, a lot of mud but not as much mud as yesterday. That's me when I was, I don't know how old I was, but I do remember that picture", she said, referencing a black-and-white image of herself and her father that displayed on the screen. "So he was really proud of that", she said.
Before he passed away, she was able to get in one last phone call, and when she left the studio she saw a rainbow. "This looks photoshopped", she said, referencing a photo shared with audiences of a large rainbow above the Warner Bros. building.
Singer Seal has lashed out at media mogul Oprah Winfrey following her inspirational Golden Globes speech, claiming she knew about the rumors surrounding Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein but did nothing. "I think my brother Vance and I got our sense of humor from him".
Our thoughts are with Ellen at this tough time.
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