The TV host took a moment to pay tribute to her late father on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018.
During an episode of her talk show, Ellen DeGeneres revealed to her audience and viewers at home that her father, Elliott DeGeneres, had passed away. He was 92 years old.
“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,” Ellen said, sharing a photo of her and her father when she was a child.
“He was 92 years old. He had a good long life, and he lived his life exactly how he wanted,” she continued, noting that her father had never once taken medicine.
Ellen also shared that Elliott had been very proud of her and her show. Apparently a fan of TV, Elliott had taken his family on only one vacation — a trip to Warner Bros. studio, where, decades later, Ellen would host The Ellen DeGeneres Show. And, Ellen revealed, after speaking with her father for the last time, she saw a rainbow over her building on the Warner Bros. lot, clearly taking it to be a sign from her dad.
“I got a rainbow before he died,” Ellen explained.
Our thoughts are with Ellen and her family during this difficult time.