Happy Birthday Ellen DeGeneres: Relive the Talk Show Host’s Best Moments

by Madison Miller

Today, the longstanding talk show host Ellen DeGeneres is turning 63. She has been hosting her show, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” since 2003.

Before becoming a talk show host she was a star of a sitcom called “Ellen.” According to Biography.com, on the episode from April 30, 1997, DeGeneres’ character came out as gay. At the time, very few characters were seen on television that were a part of the LGBTQ community, especially in a lead role.

It was a groundbreaking moment in television. She also revealed to the world her sexuality at the time and had a profound impact on other LGBTQ performers and viewers.

Ellen DeGeneres has been married to Portia de Rossi since 2008.

In addition to her sitcom and talk show career, Ellen also has a career as a comedian. She has been doing stand-up since the 1980s, including an appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.” She is also the voice of the comedic fish called Dory in “Finding Nemo” and “Finding Dory.”

She is known for her humor, her heartwarming acts of kindness on air, her pranks, her funny bits, and her games. Recently, the talk show host has been criticized for creating a negative and toxic work environment. Now, her ratings have drastically gone down.

What are some of her best moments from past memories on the show?

Barack Obama on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’

Back when President Barack Obama was a senator in Illinois, he stopped by the Ellen show.

At this point in time, he was trying to win the 2008 presidential election. He strolled onto the stage while dancing. His lighthearted, fun personality was showcased through his appearance on the show.

Both he and Ellen shared a moment of dancing that would stick with viewers and voters. Having Obama on the show is a good symbol of other important and influential figures DeGeneres has invited to have an on-air platform.

Former First Lady Michelle Obama was also a special guest on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” In 2016, right before the transition of power, Michelle Obama came on the show. Ellen took it upon herself to bring her to a CVS and help show her how to transition to civilian life.

Announces Her Engagement on Live Show

One of her key moments throughout her career was the moment she announced on her live show that she was engaged to her longtime girlfriend, Portia de Rossi.

In 2008, the Supreme Court of California overturned the ban on gay marriage. She immediately responded by announcing her engagement. The two had met in 2004 and were dating for three years prior to the engagement.

When the two were married that same year, Ellen DeGeneres had another personal monologue on the show. She shared the meaning of the union with her fans as well as personal photos and memories from the day.

Besides sharing news of her own engagement, she has also helped couples that are fans of the show propose on air.

However, one of the most touching moments was actually the proposal for one of her staff members. The wardrobe assistant at the time, Jen, had gotten the proposal of a lifetime. Jen came on stage to help Ellen readjust her outfit in between segments.

At the same time, her boyfriend Aaron, who is a field producer of the show, snuck on stage to propose in front of the entire crowd.

Bringing Funny Kids to Fame

Ellen DeGeneres has found a wide array of entertaining everyday people throughout the show’s history. Whether its audience members playing a game or worldwide internet-famous people making their debut.

In 2014, Ellen introduced her fans to Noah Ritter. He was the 5-year-old “Apparently Kid” who went viral after appearing on a local news program. Ritter became famous for his adorable habit of saying “apparently” very frequently in conversation.

He would go on to appear on the show a few more times, including alongside his grandpa.

Another iconic child duo were two British cousins Sophia Grace and Rosie. The two went viral for their cover of Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass.”

The two made several appearances on the show. She even surprised them with Nicki Minaj to help recreate their famous video.

Ellen DeGeneres as the Queen of Jump Scares

For people who are familiar with the show, jump scares are a common and entertaining part of the Ellen DeGeneres festivities.

From having a man in all red pop out of a table to scare Anne Hathaway to Benedict Cumberbatch being scared by a pop-up Iron man to Sarah Paulson being so scared by a clown she goes to hide in Ellen’s famous pop-up table.

One of her most infamous victims, however, has to be Taylor Swift. In fact, the running total of her being scared by Ellen is at least eight, as of right now. One of the best was when Ellen hid in Swift’s bathroom and scared her as she walked in. Swift collapsed to the bathroom ground in fear.

Taylor Swift and Zac Efron made an appearance together once where the two shared their experiences being regulars on the show. The two created a song to the beat of “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster the People. One of Swift’s lines was, “I’ve been on this show eight times now and I still remember Ellen hiding in a bathroom with a hidden camera and she scared me so bad and I fell and I could have died.”

H/T: Insider