Ellen DeGeneres has shared a touching tribut to her father, Elliot DeGeneres, who passed away at the age of 92.
The talk show host, 59, revealed the news to her audiences on Thursday, saying her dad, a former insurance salesman, had passed away earlier in the week.
“Before we go to break, there’s something else I want to talk about," Ellen began in a video shared on her Instagram and Twitter accounts.
"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 continued.
“That is my dad, Elliot. 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.
“He was 92 years old, 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 — never went to a doctor. I never had a vaccination. We never had medicine growing up. And he lived to be 92,” she continued about Elliot, who divorced her mother, Betty, in 1970.
Reflecting on her relationship with her father, she said that Elliot “was very proud of me".
"He loved this show and he was a kind man, very accepting man. There was not one bone of judgment in his body," she continued.
She also explained that her father “was very funny” and she believes that she and her brother, Vance, “got our sense of humor from him.”
Ellen, whose show is filmed on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, California, also shared a touching childhood memory she had of her father.
“We only took one family vacation. 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,” she said.
“I was leaving the building, and I looked back and there was a rainbow over the Warner Bros. studio. This looks photoshopped,” she said, referencing a photo shared with audiences of a large rainbow above the Warner Bros. building.
“This is what I saw after I talked to my dad and he died 10 minutes later after that,” she said. “Pretty amazing. … I got a rainbow before he died.”
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