On Thursday, Ellen DeGeneres took a break from the laughs to pay a touching tribute to her late father, Elliott, who passed away earlier this week at age 92. Before you press play, you’ll definitely want to grab your tissues:
Ellen hasn’t opened up much about her father in the past, but during the heartfelt segment, she shared that he was a “very accepting man” and that he’s the reason she has the sense of humor we’ve grown to love:
Now, remember when I told you to grab your tissues? Yeah, go ahead and grab one right now…
After showing a picture of herself with her father when she was a child, Ellen went on to share that the only family vacation they ever went on was to the Warner Bros. lot:
And, if you didn’t already know, the Warner Bros. lot just so happens to be the lot where Ellen has filmed the past 15 seasons of her show, in a soundstage that has since been named after herself. “He was really proud of that,” she explained:
As her eyes began to water, Ellen revealed that she was able to say her final goodbyes to her dad right before he passed. Just minutes after, she left the lot to find a rainbow arched over her Warner Bros. soundstage:
“This is what I saw after I talked to my dad,” Ellen explained. “And he died 10 minutes later.”
“I got a rainbow before he died,” Ellen said, as she closed the emotional segment.
Sending ALL the love in the entire world your way, Ellen!