When Ellen DeGeneres was about 20 years old, her girlfriend at the time passed away in a vehicle crash.
On Monday's episode of actor Dax Shepard's"Armchair Expert" podcast, the comedian said she began writing the gag shortly after a former girlfriend was killed in a auto accident. "I wasn't doing comedy, I think I was probably waitressing some place at the time I was living with her", she told the podcast host, Dax Shepard.
Ellen DeGeneres is opening up about one of the most tragic losses in her life.
The harsh randomness of existence got to her, she explained, saying "I just thought it would be fantastic if we could just pick up the phone and call up God and ask questions and get an answer". So, she moved into a "basement apartment" and slept on a mattress "infested with fleas" on the floor.
"Why is this handsome, 21-year-old girl gone?"
'I just thought it would be unbelievable if we could just pick up the phone and call up God and ask questions and get an answer, ' she explained to Shepard.
Following her stand up routine on the late night show, Carson invited her to sit down on his couch, making her the first female comic in the history of the show to do so.
DeGeneres also spoke about the death of her then-girlfriend in an episode of Oprah's Master Class in October 2015.
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Shepard mentioned that DeGeneres' wife Portia de Rossi played the famous Carson episode during the Ellen Show host's 60th birthday party in February for their friends and family. I was really depressed.
The pair traveled home separately, with DeGeneres passing a vehicle wreck on the way home, and it wasn't until the next morning that DeGeneres learned her girlfriend had been killed in the accident she saw.
She added that she felt "a lot of guilt".
Ellen then went on share that her girlfriend's death resulted in the material for her first-ever stand-up performance, changing her life forever. It shifted my entire focus'.
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