Ellen DeGeneres Opens Up About The Death Of Her Late Girlfriend

Brunilde Fioravanti
Marzo 14, 2018

The host of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" sat down with Shepard on his "Armchair Expert" podcast on Tuesday, telling the host about her struggles as a young adult.

A dead ex-girlfriend inspired the comedy routine that gave Ellen DeGeneres her big break. "And I wasn't doing comedy, I think I was probably waitressing someplace at the time".

I was living with her, and when she was killed, I couldn't afford to live where we were living together. I couldn't afford to live where we were living together and so I moved into this tiny little basement apartment.

'I was sleeping on a mattress on a floor and it was infested with fleas. So, she moved into a "basement apartment" and slept on a mattress "infested with fleas" on the floor.

She added: "I just thought it would be unbelievable if we could pick up the phone and call up God and ask questions and actually get an answer".

DeGeneres said that thought process rolled out into a joke she imagined could some day wind up on Johnny Carson's The Tonight Show - and could land her the honour of being the first female comic invited to sit down with Carson after delivering a stand-up spot.

In fact, it was the death of her girlfriend that she credits for her first-ever and now famous stand-up bit.

In 2015, she spoke about her "guilt" on an episode of Oprah Winfrey's OWN series Oprah's Master Class.

"That, of course, made me feel like I should have gone home with her that night", DeGeneres said.

In 1997, DeGeneres publicly came out as gay and in 2008, she married actress Portia de Rossi.

"She was trying to get me to come back home (and) I acted like I couldn't hear her because the music was too loud", she recalled. "In an instant, she just was gone".

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