Ellen Degeneres Reveals Heartbreak After Dad Passed Away Age 92
UPDATE (01/12/18 10.05 a.m. ET)
Ellen Degeneres father has died at the age of 92.
The talk show host announced the news during an emotional segment of her show on Thursday, January 11th, in which she paid a touching tribute to him saying, "He was very proud of me."
It's been a really tough week for Ellen, who was evacuated from her Montecito home on Tuesday due to deadly mudslides.
The 59-year-old said, "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."
Showing a picture of her dad, she continued, 'That is my dad, Elliot. That's me when I was, I don't know how old I was, but I do remember that picture.
"He was 92 years old, 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.
"[My dad] was very proud of me. He loved this show and he was a kind man, very accepting man.
"There was not one bone of judgment in his body."
Our thoughts and prayers are with Ellen and her family.
Read on to find out about the other hardships she faced this week...
ORIGINAL (01/11/18 5.12 p.m. ET)
Ellen Degeneres was forced to flee her home in the wake of the Californian mudslides which have destroyed hundreds of properties in Montecito.
The 59-year-old has revealed she and her wife Portia De Rossi had to leave their $40 million estate earlier this week after catastrophic mudslides ripped through the area, claiming the lives of 17 people, leaving a further 17 still missing and destroying hundreds of homes.
Luckily for Ellen, her home managed to escape unscathed by the destruction, which was caused when heavy rain battered the ground which had been stripped of all vegetation after the Thomas wildfire.
Speaking on her talk show the comedian said, ''Usually, we're grateful for rain, especially in California, but not after the largest fire in the history of California.
''So again, we evacuated because they feared mudslides.
"After everything we've been through, I think a lot of people thought they were just being overly cautious but exactly what they feared happened.
''The rain triggered massive mudslides. Massive.''
The talk show host went on to add that she considers the area her ''home," and became emotional as she spoke about the devastation.
She said, ''If you've never been there, Montecito is a small town.
"It's less than 10,000 people, it has two public schools, family-owned businesses. It's a tight-knit community so everyone kind of knows everyone.
"I work in L.A., but I consider Montecito my home.
''It's not just a wealthy community, it's filled with a lot of different types of people from all backgrounds.
"And there are families missing, there are people who are missing family members.
''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 recognisable.''
It comes after the Finding Dory star FaceTimed with Oprah Winfrey on her show, who is also a victim of the Montecito mudlsides.
Oprah posted a video to her Instagram a few days after the Golden Globes which revealed the extent of the destruction caused to her home.
In it, she can be seen wading through almost knee-deep sludge.
It comes just weeks after Ellen and Portia were also forced to flee their $18.6 million beachfront Santa Barbara house because of the threat caused by the Thomas wildfire.
And the couple have not yet been able to return to their property to see if anything has been damaged.
Ellen said in December, ''Our house ... it's there right now, but no one can get in to check on it.
"We basically just had to get out and leave the gates open for the fire trucks and we're right in it ... we're right there.''
Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by the California mudslides.