Ellen DeGeneres reveals her father has died in tribute on her show


Ellen DeGeneres revealed on her daytime talk show Thursday that her father, Elliot DeGeneres, has died at age 92

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“I lost my dad this week,” she said. “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.

“He was very proud of me. He loved this show, and he was a kind man, a very accepting man. There was not one bone of judgement in his body,” she said. “He was very funny. I think my brother Vance and I got our sense of humor from him.”

DeGeneres, 59, said that her father’s death was not unexpected. She went on to say that she and her dad, a former insurance salesman, had a special bond and that he was particularly fond of her work in the entertainment business, especially since their family had taken a trip to tour Warner Bros. studio when she was young.

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“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 have my own stage with my name on it, so he was really proud of that,” she said. “Before he passed away, I got to talk to him, so I got to say goodbye to him, and I was leaving the building and I looked back and there was a rainbow over the Warner Bros. studio.”

Elliot DeGeneres is survived by Ellen DeGeneres, the talk show host’s brother Vance and their mother, Betty DeGeneres, who divorced Elliot DeGeneres in 1970.


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