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Ellen DeGeneres Reveals Special Gift She Received From Above 10 Minutes Before Her Dad Died

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Ellen DeGeneres Reveals Special Gift She Received From Above 10 Minutes Before Her Dad Died

‘He died 10 minutes later after that’

It has been a week of heartbreak for famously positive, generous, and upbeat television host Ellen DeGeneres. During Thursday’s show, she told her viewers there was a lot going on in her life. She said she needed them to be there for her just like she has been there for them all these years.

During that show, she talked about the devastation in her hometown of Montecito, California, where mudslides viciously ripped through neighborhoods, destroying cars and homes and taking at least 17 lives.

“[T]here are families missing, there are people who are missing family members,” she said. “They’re finding people and bodies and I mean, you hear the word mudslide and you have no idea the impact that it has, but after the largest fire in California history, it’s catastrophic. It is beyond recognizable.”

Today, though, she revealed her even greater heartbreak: her father, Eliot DeGeneres, passed away unexpectedly this week at the age of 92.

“Before we go to break, there’s something else I want to talk about,” she said. “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.”

She shared an old picture of her with her dad. As she held back tears she told her audience, “I don’t know how 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,” she continued. “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.”

Though Ellen’s parents divorced in 1970, it’s clear she and her father continued to maintain a close relationship.

“He was very proud of me,” she said. “He loved this show and he was a kind man, very accepting man. There was not one bone of judgment in his body.”

She also shared that her dad was “very funny” and said she believes she and her brother got their sense of humor from him.

While her father lived a good, long life, it is never easy to lose a loved one, especially so unexpectedly. Thankfully, though, Ellen was able to talk to him and say goodbye just before he died and she said she received a touching gift from him just 10 minutes before his passing.

“We only took one family vacation,” said the talk show host, who films on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, California. “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.”

After saying goodbye to her dad, Ellen said, she hung up the phone and walked outside. When she looked up at the sky above the building where she films, she couldn’t believe her eyes.


“I was leaving the building, and I looked back and there was a rainbow over the Warner Bros. studio,” she said.

“This is what I saw after I talked to my dad and he died 10 minutes later after that. Pretty amazing. … I got a rainbow before he died.”

Our hearts go out to Ellen and to all those who are hurting from the loss of loved ones or the loss of their homes and possessions. The past few months have brought difficulty and hardship for so many across the country and the world, but this rainbow is a reminder from above that there is still hope even in the darkest of times.

Were you touched by this beautiful and poignant reminder from above? Then share it!

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  1. Barb Rutledge

    January 12, 2018 at 8:12 pm

    Our hearts 💕 go out to Ellen and her family, it’s a terrible loss to lose a parent!! I know I lost my dad a few years ago and I’m still very sad and miss him every Day!

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