“Portia has given me the greatest gift I’ve ever been given.”
Ellen DeGeneres turned 60 last Friday. And, over the past several days, she has been given some great birthday presents from people like Justin Timberlake, Chance the Rapper, and Michelle Obama. But on Thursday, she received the best gift of all from her wife, Portia de Rossi.
Portia made a surprise appearance on Ellen’s show that aired on Thursday. And she presented Ellen with a very special gift.
“It’s your 60th birthday, and this gift had to be really special and it had to represent who you are and what you really care about,” de Rossi said. “So, I combined that with the fact that literally guys, for like the last two years, Ellen has said to me, ‘I feel like I’m not doing enough.’ Every day, almost. So, I put all that together and I got you this gift.”
She then played a recorded clip that featured Ellen’s hero Dian Fossey. Fossey was an American scientist who studied gorillas in Africa. Fossey was murdered in 1985 but her work continues with the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund. And now that fund will have an Ellen Degeneres campus.
“So, for your birthday, Ellen, I am bringing you and your hero Dian together by building the Ellen DeGeneres Campus of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund,” Portia said. “Ellen, you will carry on Dian’s legacy by giving them a permanent home in Rwanda.”
“Now, you will join Dian as a protector and champion of these amazing animals, the mountain gorillas,” she added. “Happy birthday.”
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) February 1, 2018