It seems like Ellen DeGeneres just can’t catch a break this week. Her upbeat and happy personality has been more somber this week and we are learning more about what is the cause of this. Yesterday we reported about the devastation that struck Ellen’s neighborhood in Montecito, California. Today we have even more devastating news to share about Ellen’s personal life.
Before Christmas Ellen’s neighborhood in Montecito, California was evacuated due to wildfires that had struck the area. Just this week as people were able to get back to their normal lives and work and school, they were forced to evacuate once again but this time it was due to mudslides from all of the rainfall they had just received. The mudslides left so much devastation behind. 17 dead, up to 43 people are still missing or unaccounted for and over 100 homes were destroyed.
As if experiencing the heartache and loss from the devastation of the fire and mudslides aren’t enough Ellen just shared that she just experienced her own personal loss.
On Thursday’s show, Ellen shared with her audience that she has a lot going on right now in her life. In addition to the devastating that struck her community in Montecito, Ellen just lost her father, Elliot, at the age of 92 this week. His passing was not unexpected, she said that he lived a good long life and he lived it exactly how he wanted. She also talked about how amazing her father was and how he was just a good man and he was always so proud of her and her brother.
While growing up her family only went on 1 family vacation and they went to Los Angeles, California.Ironically, one of the things that her family did while they were on vacation was touring the Warner Bro’s Studios lot, where her show is currently filmed today.
After Ellen was able to say her goodbyes over the phone to her father, she left work and as she walked outside she happened to turn around to look at her studio and above it was a rainbow.
Our thoughts are with Ellen and her family during this difficult time. Even when it is expected losing someone you love is never easy.
Yesterday, we reported about the devastation she endured at her home:
Ellen Degeneres shared with her audience and viewers the current condition of her neighborhood. She also FaceTimed with her friend and neighbor Oprah to show everyone the latest devastation that just struck her SoCal neighborhood in Montecito. Unfortunately Ellen and her wife, Portia have learned that no amount of money or fame can protect someone from the devastation that Mother Nature can bring.
According to Hollywood Life, “This room is always so full of positivity and love and today I really need it,” Ellen Degeneres, 59, started off her talk show on Jan. 11. The host continued to detail how she and her wife Portia de Rossi, 44, were forced to evacuate from their Montecito, CA home last month after massive fires overtook the area. When the location was expected to receive rain the week of Jan. 7, people had to leave again as a precaution in case mudslides occur.
Of course, those fears came true, with the mudslides devastating the area and killing 17 people. “They’re finding people and bodies and I mean, you hear the word mudslide and you have no idea the impact that it has, but after the largest fire in California history, it’s catastrophic. It is beyond recognizable,” Ellen said.
To really show how disastrous the damage was to the area, Ellen got Oprah Winfrey, 63, on the phone to show what her Montecito property now looks. “Where I am now, which is the east side of my property, I was walking down here and all of my neighbors’ homes are gutted. I’m standing right now still in a lot of mud but not as much as yesterday,” Oprah said as she trekked through mud that appeared to come up all the way to her knees. “I walked out back, you know, where we share a fence line and the neighbors out back they’re houses are gone. It’s as devastating as can be.”
After being joined by Ventura City County firefighters, the women asked Captain Tim Maples about the destruction. “We’re still in the rescue mode at this point and searching for any victims who could be in this debris field” Maples said about the 200-300 feet wide area covered in mud. Before signing off, Oprah discussed that even though the effects have been traumatic, the community will work together to overcome the damage.
“But we’re going to do what we do. We’re going to come together and we’re going to do what great Americans do all the time,” she said. “We’re going to help each other. We’re going to help each other out wherever needed.” Well said, Oprah.
I think Oprah said it perfectly. We are going to come together and we are going to do what great Americans do all the time. We are going to help each other. It can be so heartbreaking to see how fast people’s lives can be forever changed. The search and rescue teams have been working nonstop since the mudslide happened.
They are working in teams to searching for many who are lost. At least 17 were killed and over 100 homes were destroyed during the mudslide. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the victims and the families of those who were affected by the tragic fires and mudslides. And to the first responders who put their lives in danger to help those who need it.