To honor them, she said she was going to do something that she's "never done before" and give them the "biggest gift [she's] ever given anybody ever".
"Everybody in the audience is here for a special reason". She also acknowledged teacher Lori Gaines, who donated a kidney to the mother of one of her students, and Dan McKernan, who quit his job to start a sanctuary for farm animals.
Ellen DeGeneres cried after Portia de Rossi gave her the most memorable 60th birthday gift. The Arrested Development cast member then announced she had launched an institution in both Fossey and DeGeneres' name. According to JustJared.com, Ellen revealed that the audience would split $1 million.
DeGeneres said in a statement Thursday that she is "beyond excited" about the opportunity to work with the group. That's a lot of money!' The amusing woman did not only receive surprises from her wife on her birthday; she was also surprised by some of her favorite guests on the show.
Of course, everyone in the audience has a box of Cheerios underneath their seats and soon found out that Ellen is giving them $1 million to share!
"You're all gonna share this gift", she added. The comedian just shared a rare PDA picture of herself and her wife, Portia de Rossi, kissing to celebrate de Rossi's 45th birthday on Wednesday. "What you were influenced by and what has made you the incredible person that you are today". The announcement of the Ellen DeGeneres Campus of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund moved the talk show host to tears.
"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".