Portia Gives Ellen One of the Best Birthday Presents Ever


OK, I’m being told there’s
someone else here who wants to say happy birthday. I don’t know who it
is but come on out. [CHEERING] OK, I was wondering why
you weren’t over there and I don’t know why you’re
here because you can’t talk, you don’t have a voice. I can’t talk. Actually this is your
birthday gift, a sexy voice. [LAUGHTER] I am here to give you your gift. Oh my gosh, I really can’t talk. So 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. Not just now, but what
you’ve always cared about. What you were
influenced by and what has made you the amazing
person that you are today. So I combined that and questions
when we first met like, who’s your idol? And what would you do if you
weren’t a talk show host? 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. Let’s see it. Happy birthday. When people ask my wife, who is
the person living or dead you most want to interview, her
answer is always Dian Fossey. Ellen remembers reading
“National Geographic” at home as a little girl and
remembers Dian on the cover of the January 1970 magazine. Ellen was struck by
Dian’s dedication to animals, her mind,
and her bravery. Ellen read how in 1967,
Dian Fossey set up a camp she called Karisoke
in the Virunga Mountains in Rwanda. This is where Dian
began studying several dozen gorillas. And at that time, Dian was
alone in protecting them. Fast forward 18
years and the world was sad to learn that Dian was
murdered in 1985 in her cabin at Karisoke. Most of us know Dian’s work
from her book “Gorillas in the Mist,”
which is legendary, and carried on her story. Her story is also carried on
through the work of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund. The Fossey Fund exists
to ensure the survival and thriving of wild
gorillas in close partnership with the government of Rwanda. But unfortunately, today there
are only 880 mountain gorillas alive on earth. Thus, the work of the
Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund remains vitally important
to ensuring their future. In “Gorillas in the
Mist,” Dian wrote, “little did I know then that
by setting up two small tents in the wilderness
of the Virungas, I had launched the
beginnings of what was to become an internationally
renowned research station, eventually to be utilized
by students and scientists from many countries.” 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. 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. Happy birthday. [CHEERING] Oh my god. Happy birthday. [CHEERING] But that’s not all. Oh my god. So, in summer– Is this in Burbank? Where is it? [LAUGHTER] Well that’s the thing. So it’ll be a most incredible
center for tourism, education, and for further
scientific research. [APPLAUSE] Here’s actually kind
of the best bit. I have also set up a foundation
in your name called the Ellen Degeneres Wildlife Fund. So this is the first
initiative for the fund. But you can take this and do
whatever you want with it. You’ve done amazing
work for elephants. And you can just
continue and support whatever you want to do. It’s the best gift. I’ve always said, when we got
married, Portia’s line was, “it’s good to be loved, it’s
profound to be understood.” And she understands
me because that is the best gift that
anybody could have given me. I love you.

100 Replies to “Portia Gives Ellen One of the Best Birthday Presents Ever”

  1. Wow Ellen's not just a comedian, she's a voice of the LGBTQI+++ Community, Endangered Wildlife, and an inspiration to millions of people. I look up to you.

  2. I'm not a fan of Ellen, but this was beautiful. A gift that will keep on giving. The love and respect you can see between the two of them is so strong.

  3. For the first time in my life I've felt So happy that I speak English so that I can understand what u both are talking about. U are amazing. Couple of the universe! Regards from Poland

  4. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  5. To Ellen and Portia. You both are amazing people and really truly care for all people. It is really great to see 2 people, that not only care about each other, but care for so many others. Thank you for the love and the great things you both do!!!! Peace love and happiness.

  6. When you have too much money and too much material things in life… This how you spend your birthday….

    Sweet😜💯

  7. Did you see the look of pure love in Ellen's eyes when Portia was talking to her? It was sooooooo cute and I just… Gjdbdjdbsbbdbebdbdn ❤️❤️❤️

  8. I can’t explained how much I love The Ellen show but I don’t know how I can tell her .When I get any problem in job & some family problem issues at that time me thinking about Ellen show and dreaming about her surprised 😮

  9. I like at 1:27 when portia was quoting ellen from behind the scenes "I feel like Im not doing enough" how people laughed (and I laughed too) because shes contributed so much to this world and to people, it seems impossible that she would actually think that about herself ever

  10. How bizarre. The USA & most of the globe has issues of poverty, depression, housing, cancer. And this woman gives millions to gorillas. I think you’ve lost the bloody plot lady

  11. One vital message in this video was when the words (it's good to feel love)&(am I doing enough) hearing these words did something fabulous in my heart, to want to love my woman so much more… these two women are truly inspiring
    Thank you from a humble man in Canada and God bless Both of you ❤

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