Ellen DeGeneres sure knows how to surprise a guest on her show.
Whether it’s scaring rapper Nicki Minaj or suddenly introducing comedian Tiffany Haddish to her idol Oprah Winfrey, the beloved talk show host never fails to make people laugh or cry—sometimes both! And she didn’t disappoint when her friend Jimmy Kimmel visited “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” this week.
Kimmel has been through the wringer in the last year. After the host revealed in May 2017 that his son Billy was born with a few genetic heart diseases, he has gone from mere late-night talk show host to advocate of children’s healthcare, as well as a spokesperson on other political issues.
In December 2017, Kimmel brought his boy on stage to champion for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, as it is commonly known.
When the comedian visited her show this week, DeGeneres complimented Kimmel for caring about children, which he responded to by thanking her for raising $1 million for the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, where Billy has been treated. That’s when DeGeneres announced that she had another special surprise for him.
“That could go either way on this show,” Kimmel responded, as the audience laughed.
“I know—but it’s a good surprise,” DeGeneres said with a smile.
She then announced that the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles had named a room in its heart health wing in honor of Billy. DeGeneres showed Kimmel a video showing the room and a plaque outside that reads, “In Honor of Billy Kimmel.”
Upon seeing it, Kimmel repeatedly said, “Wow,” as the video played. Visibly moved, he leaned over and gave DeGeneres a kiss on the cheek before wiping away tears.
DeGeneres then pointed out two of Billy’s nurses were in the audience, causing Kimmel to quip, “Hey you should be at work!” before laughing.