Ellen DeGeneres Reveals That A Girlfriend's Tragic Death Inadvertently Started Her Career

Angelo Anderson
March 14, 2018

"I thought, 'Why is this lovely, 21-year-old girl gone and fleas are here?"' The host said that at 20, she had to move because she couldn't afford the apartment the two were living in by herself.

Ellen DeGeneres has revealed the heartbreak she experienced after losing the girlfriend she had when she was 20-years-old.

She then went on recalling that after her girlfriend's death, she "moved into this tiny little basement apartment" as she couldn't afford to live in the place where they used to live together.

Yet, the hilarious routine - in which she calls God on the phone to ask why fleas exist - was inspired by a very tragic time in DeGeneres' life. "And I wasn't doing comedy", she said.

DeGeneres appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in November 1986 and became the first female comedian to be invited to sit down on the host's couch after a stand-up routine - just like she predicted.

That thought led her to write her famous "Phone Call to God" comedy bit, which she instantly knew was a hit. "I'm going to do this on Johnny Carson and I'm going to be the first woman in the history of the show to be called over to sit down'".

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

The comedian also discussed the moment she chose to come out on her sitcom Ellen. The couple was out at a music show and her girlfriend tried to reconcile, but DeGeneres was "dismissive".

The next morning she learned her girlfriend had been killed in a vehicle crash. "I was being really ... dismissive of her", the comedian explained. "That, of course, made me feel like I should have gone home with her that night", DeGeneres said.

"During the time, because there was so much talk about it, everyone was just sick of it", she told pal Dax Shepard in a new episode of his Armchair Expert podcast. It shifted my entire focus'.

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