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The Flu That Almost Took Out the Entire Ellen Staff!

January 23, 2020

Thanks for being here. Oh you’re very brave people,
not just because of the way you were dancing
before I came out here. [LAUGHTER] But
because you’re here and you’re out in the world. Recently, our staff
was hit with the flu. I don’t know. It’s going around, huh? I don’t want to say who
brought this contagious bug into our office. I’m going to point. You, Mary, you. Or as I call her, patient zero. That was her nickname
before she got the flu. I just call her patient zero,
just because it’s a cute name. PZ, I like to say. Mary didn’t come
to work last week. And I thought, oh, god, she has
another flare up with a rash. And– [LAUGHTER] And it wasn’t the rash,
though, right, Mary? No, it was not the rash. But then I heard
she had the flu. And I knew we were in trouble. Because, then, it’s
going to spread. Because we all work
very closely together. Kevin got it. Then Ed got it, and he
never calls in sick. And then my producer,
Matt Wright, got it. He does call in sick, but
usually because he’s hung over. And the next day the
office looks like a scene from the movie Contagion. These are the assistants. [LAUGHTER] And I think everyone
was sent home. Because everybody
was so nervous. And it’s good that they’re
being extra cautious. Right now, the
office has more germs in the hot tub on The Bachelor. [LAUGHTER] You know that’s full of germs. If anyone here is
feeling floozy, go home. We don’t need you here. Just get up right now. We’re filming it. You can watch it from home. There are always these people
that deny that they’re sick. They cough up a lung
in front of you. And you’re like, what’s wrong? Oh, I’m fine, I’m fine,
just clearing my throat. It’s like, well,
your ear is bleeding. [LAUGHTER] I want everybody
to stay healthy. So I came up with a new– we
have the Ellen hoodies, which are really popular. Andy Zenor is going to model. Come on out, Andy Zenor. All right, so this
is the new hoodie. It comes with gloves. And then you want to
cover your face, not just the back of your head. So it comes with this. [LAUGHTER] Ah, that’s good, right? Yeah. How’s that feel in there? Great. OK. [LAUGHTER] And then the back says,
“Laugh, dance, disinfect.” [APPLAUSE] There he goes. I want all of you to stay
healthy this flu season. Today, this is a very
special giveaway. This is really exciting. Everybody here is
getting Purell. [APPLAUSE] Yep, everyone’s getting Purell. And that side, over there. And when you put
it on your hands, just hold hands with
the person next to you, so you give it to them. And then that’s how
we pass it around. We can’t afford this side. So what we’ll do
is just hold hands. Right now, I’m going to bring
out the sickest guy I know, but in the best possible way. This is tWitch. [MUSIC – BELL BIV DEVOE,
“POISON”] You ready, Ron? I’m ready. I’m ready slick, how are you? Oh, yeah, break it down. Girl, I must warn you. I sense something
strange in my mind. Yo, the situation is serious. Let’s cure it. Cause we’re running out of time. And it’s oh, so beautiful. Relationships, they
seem, from the start. It’s all so deadly when love
is not together from the heart. It’s driving me out of my mind. That’s why– [APPLAUSE] Are you OK in there, tWitch? I think I’m all right. All right. Is that the first time you’ve
danced in a HAZMAT suit? Yes. Yeah, I feel like the way
that people don’t get sick is there’s just no air let
in there at all, right? That’s how– there you are. Yeah, this is better. [APPLAUSE] That’s got to be hot in there. So here’s a short video to watch
while tWitch catches his breath from dancing in a HAZMAT. A Short Video to
Watch While tWitch catches His Breath from
Dancing in a HAZMAT Suit! Wee! Oh, my gosh. Well, wherever you
want to get off is fine, usually right when you. I’ve never done that. I can’t imagine. That’s got to be
hard, though, right? tWitch, last week, we were
talking about the DJ booth, and how you’re not a DJ, and
that none of that equipment is plugged into anything. Right, right. Same thing we do
to Andy’s headset, he thinks he’s plugged
into something. Nobody’s– [LAUGHTER] He’s wondering why
nobody ever talks to him. There’s nothing there. Nothing there works. That’s just a
couple of hot plates and a toaster over there. It looks like it’s something. I promised that I was
going to change it. Because it’s silly that we have
a DJ booth and you’re not a DJ. I’m not a DJ, right. So it’s under construction,
as you can see. I’ll reveal the
new setup tomorrow. Oh, OK. Yeah, I don’t want
to spoil anything. But I hope you like to
make Subway sandwiches. [LAUGHTER] All right, well, we have
some new equipment here. You might notice, we have
the Starbucks box up there. We didn’t ask for it. What happened is we accidentally
left the doors open. And next morning, there was
a Starbucks setup in there. That’s how they do it. Actually, it’s here
because the Skybox is being sponsored by Starbucks Rewards. And you can sign up for
the Starbucks Rewards program on the Starbucks app
and start earning rewards right away. I’ve been challenging
everyone to go to Starbucks, and buy coffee for
a stranger in line, and upload a
picture of you doing something nice to somebody,
and post it to Ellentube. It’s been great to see so
many people paying it forward. Here’s a little bit of what
my viewers have done so far. [MUSIC PLAYING] So today, we’re going to be
doing the Ellen DeGeneres Challenge. And let’s see how it goes. So I’m going to be
paying for your order. Oh! Here you go! So actually, your
next order is on me. So it’s actually
Ellen’s birthday. So we want to– Happy birthday, Ellen! Let’s go! Happy birthday, Ellen! From Montecito! That’s really sweet. [APPLAUSE] I need to go see them. There’s still time
to submit your video. Make sure you’re creative. Because I’m going to
pick the best ones to sit in the Skybox
for my birthday show. Let’s talk about what’s
going on in the news. One of the big stories recently
was about Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. They were arguing
about something after the last debate. And they seemed pretty upset. And the audio now
has been released. So you can see what
they were talking about. This was the moment millions
watched, Elizabeth Warren refusing to shake
Bernie Sanders’ hand after the Democratic debate. And tonight, we’re finally
hearing that tense exchange. I don’t think Hannah
Ann stole the champagne! What? Hannah didn’t know
it was Kelsey’s! You know, you don’t know
what you’re talking about. I’ve been watching The
Bachelor since season one! Hannah’s a thief, I tell you! I love the bachelor, too. Nobody cares, Tom. [APPLAUSE] Arguing over The Bachelor. All right, we have a little
time before we go to break. So I thought we could do
one of my favorite segments. It’s time for Believe It or Not. [MUSIC – THE LOVIN’ SPOONFUL,
“DO YOU BELIEVE IN MAGIC”] (SINGING) Do you believe in
magic in a young girl’s heart, how the music can free
her whenever it starts? It’s magic. All right. This is a fun segment
for me, anyway. This is my producer, Joel. And he is going to tell me
something amazing he can do. And then tWitch and
I are going to have to decide whether he can do
it or not, if we believe it or not. Joel, what is it? Well, believe it or not, I
can fall asleep in 25 seconds. You can fall asleep– how will we know you’re asleep? I just snore. Eyes are closed. Don’t need to prove it. All right, what do
you think, tWitch? Can he fall asleep
in 25 seconds? I don’t know if I believe that. That’s a really fast
time to fall asleep. I know. The only thing is, every
single time he’s done anything like this, he does it. So I’m going to
say I believe it. OK. Thanks. All right, Joel, he
doesn’t believe it. I believe it. [MUSIC PLAYING] Didn’t work. That did not work. It was really loud,
and all these people. Have a good show, Ellen. [MUSIC PLAYING] [APPLAUSE] Well, you were right. He couldn’t do it. There were just two sheep
that he counted, right? Was that two or three? All right, that’s how you
play Believe It or Not– [MUSIC PLAYING] Oh, God! Wow, spent a lot on that one. We’ll be back.


  • Reply Lauren Rodriguez January 23, 2020 at 2:16 am

    Dancing booth? Mini stage?

  • Reply C2D2 QueenBee January 23, 2020 at 2:26 am


  • Reply cocoismyname January 23, 2020 at 2:32 am

    I love how they come out with the purell wearing face masks but no gloves then everyone by hand passes one by one down the line infecting each bottle passed. I laughed! Love the show πŸ™‚

  • Reply geisteswissenschaft January 23, 2020 at 3:01 am

    The way Zenor stood there: now I know who the reindeer is…

  • Reply Jennifer Coggins January 23, 2020 at 3:05 am

    As a nurse, where can I get that hoodie??? I love it!!

  • Reply John Vargas January 23, 2020 at 3:12 am

    You can thank China πŸ‡¨πŸ‡³

    On the count of 3 say thank you China πŸ‡¨πŸ‡³
    Thank you China πŸ‡¨πŸ‡³ for this deadly flu 🀧

  • Reply Vincent Freeman January 23, 2020 at 3:24 am

    Purrell? Not exactly a car, Ellen.

  • Reply Jessica LT January 23, 2020 at 3:32 am

    Twitch in hazmat!!! Yay!

  • Reply Kearstin January 23, 2020 at 3:38 am

    Can you please have Twitch dance in the t rex costume??

  • Reply Jennifer Khan January 23, 2020 at 3:43 am

    My God….every time I see Ellen, her hair is worse than before

  • Reply Veelpec Cep January 23, 2020 at 3:51 am

    Ellen: Stay healthy

    Me: I was sick for two weeks

  • Reply Stephanie LeDuc Vanderyacht January 23, 2020 at 3:51 am

    Wait until sars comes your way.

  • Reply seinfeldchik January 23, 2020 at 3:51 am

    Flu shot is 9% effective this year.

  • Reply Hailey A January 23, 2020 at 4:03 am

    I would buy that hoodie lol!

  • Reply Jennifer Teeters January 23, 2020 at 4:10 am

    As a cna in a nursing home…we've been experiencing the contagion for a month. Bleach, please bleach it all.

  • Reply Karen M January 23, 2020 at 4:13 am

    This is GREAT!!!!!!

  • Reply Karen M January 23, 2020 at 4:13 am

    They should have given out masks. Lol

  • Reply Sonja Dawn January 23, 2020 at 4:31 am

    Feel good by doing good – share the love!

  • Reply Barbara Celi Leon January 23, 2020 at 4:37 am

    Is it just me or was this a really awkward episode?? Maybe I'm just tired

  • Reply rachel.doremi January 23, 2020 at 4:43 am

    I hope they didn’t actually put that merch into production

  • Reply Terry Chancellor January 23, 2020 at 4:46 am

    LOL!! Hannah Ann is my niece and I can tell you, she didn't know about the champagne!

  • Reply My Name Is Blue Canary January 23, 2020 at 4:55 am

    Spreading fake news. Bummer.

  • Reply Camille Brown January 23, 2020 at 4:58 am

    Did Twitch just hit the β€˜Aunt Viv’? I’m tripping!

  • Reply Fefo January 23, 2020 at 5:02 am

    hahahahahaha I'm going to bed now with a huge smile, thanks for that Ellen!

  • Reply Better Than The Last January 23, 2020 at 5:04 am

    Twitch fogged up the hazmat suit!! LoL πŸ˜“

  • Reply salsa January 23, 2020 at 5:07 am

    it literally seems that EVERYONE got or is getting the flu

  • Reply Kimmy Somdji January 23, 2020 at 5:18 am

    Thanks for this !! Some kinda trial (grr) has stopped my recordings on this amazing show ..

  • Reply fairyqueengee January 23, 2020 at 5:19 am

    Twitch was really about to pass out lol

  • Reply blackrose8790 January 23, 2020 at 5:29 am

    Omg that was the best twitch dance ever!!!! Great moves πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚β€οΈπŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»super cute, love the choice of song πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  • Reply Crazy.Journey.Again January 23, 2020 at 5:32 am


  • Reply Kara Chung January 23, 2020 at 5:34 am

    Ngl those Ellen sick hoodies that cover ur face would be amazing for concerts when it rains and stuff… I’d def buy Ellen gimme

  • Reply James Bradford January 23, 2020 at 5:39 am

    Really a missed opportunity to not call her Typhoid Mary.

  • Reply Gali January 23, 2020 at 5:40 am

    I love tWitch so much y’all don’t understand

  • Reply Adnan Shariff January 23, 2020 at 5:44 am

    She is actually not funny

  • Reply Shauna Rigsby January 23, 2020 at 5:47 am

    You do that whoah twitch!!!!

  • Reply Karen Polanchek, FNTP January 23, 2020 at 5:59 am

    Hope you can make millions of hoodies soon

  • Reply Joan Cahill January 23, 2020 at 6:01 am

    Hi ellen watching from Melbourne Australia. We have had a hard time with the bushfires; a mention on your show would be great . As billions of our wildlife have perished and people have lost their lives and homes . Watching all this is heartbreaking . Al, of us are helping especially going out trying to find our injured wildlife and getting them help; I think Australia needs all the help it can get to try and get back on its feet, xx

  • Reply Anastasia Watercolors January 23, 2020 at 6:14 am

    that's what people in China should get

  • Reply Rebecca Grinham January 23, 2020 at 6:19 am

    Ok was it just me or was this audience waaaack!!!?! Like no laughs….

  • Reply RunAMuckGirl2 January 23, 2020 at 6:35 am

    Ellen! You need to get those cloth face masks that have goofy smiles on them. Way more fun fighting the plague that way. BTW I am sick and I don't leave the house! WT?

  • Reply Strangeys memes Facebook January 23, 2020 at 7:27 am

    She Not even funny

  • Reply goldkhw January 23, 2020 at 7:41 am

    Ellen's ears are growing like mad. Those are big ears.

  • Reply Mohamed Mohamud January 23, 2020 at 8:00 am

    I wanna meet ellen please help me reach to Ellen she’s my favorite 😭😭 pin my comment so it can reach to Ellen please…dreams come true πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

  • Reply Samaneh Nawaz January 23, 2020 at 8:13 am

    How is twitch rocking a hazmat suit ??

  • Reply Moises Zapata January 23, 2020 at 8:20 am

    This hoodie would be amazing for the new Coronavirus going on😷🀧

  • Reply Alessa Z January 23, 2020 at 8:26 am

    The virus from China is spreading i see

  • Reply Babetravelling January 23, 2020 at 8:30 am

    I had a flu yesterday! 1st time evah. Muscle sore, fever, chills. Still recovering. Get well soon y'all! We need you!

  • Reply Kate O January 23, 2020 at 8:58 am

    When you have a outbreak of flu or whatever, make sure staff know correct hand hygiene methods and that there’s full time cleaning of the offices and common used objects.

  • Reply chanthy sar January 23, 2020 at 9:11 am

    Where can I get one? Ellen please give me your hoodie

  • Reply Comfort Iyke January 23, 2020 at 9:26 am

    Ellen show gives me so much Joy

  • Reply Alexis Sanchez January 23, 2020 at 10:01 am

    I have the flu right now. gonna cry πŸ™

  • Reply Heiab Ananya January 23, 2020 at 10:03 am

    So ya you cant be trapped in your body. A woman is a woman and a man is a man .

  • Reply Olivier Gahungu January 23, 2020 at 10:06 am

    prevention is better than cure,

  • Reply Spoony Poon January 23, 2020 at 10:11 am

    People in line for Starbucks do not need it paid forward if they can afford Starbucks. Hello!! Omg That's the stupidest challenge I've ever heard of!! Typical celebrity bs.. how about challenging people to actually make a difference to people who really need it!!!!!

  • Reply Reallyreeta January 23, 2020 at 10:32 am

    I was too

  • Reply Angie Sanchez January 23, 2020 at 10:52 am

    I must be the weirdest Ellen fan. I don’t watch her show but then I make sure I watch it on YouTube. πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ To me, it’s like having Christmas everyday, it’s like a daily happy surprise when it comes up on my notification. I know, I know, I am nuts but there’s a reason to the madness.🀐✌🏼

  • Reply j c January 23, 2020 at 10:53 am

    I wk home now made it through oct without getting sick . Jan going see mom scared go out into public.

  • Reply Remassb Sb January 23, 2020 at 10:54 am


  • Reply j c January 23, 2020 at 10:55 am

    Ellen do phone interview with howie Mandel he never gets sick.

  • Reply umsie January 23, 2020 at 10:57 am

    Everybody got sick or is sick

  • Reply Zack Tu Nan Zing Hang January 23, 2020 at 11:04 am

    Wow I never knew twitch can dance like that😱😱😱

  • Reply JR M January 23, 2020 at 11:40 am

    This year is the first time I think I've ever truly caught the flu. 4 days of pain. 3 days of severe cough. Day 6 lost my voice. Day 7 eyes turned red. Today, ears started bleeding but atleast I ain't dead!! And its videos like this that make it easier!!! Thnk u!

  • Reply Jane-Doe January 23, 2020 at 11:59 am

    I never get sick…i wash my hands a lot and i dont touch my face unless i have clean hands.

  • Reply Christine Treftlin January 23, 2020 at 12:02 pm

    Twitch rocked that hazmat suit πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  • Reply Mizo Nula January 23, 2020 at 12:17 pm

    Believe it or not: I can fall asleep in 25 secs.
    Me: Yes i know someone who can .. True story.

  • Reply Alia Jasmin January 23, 2020 at 12:39 pm

    Please upload a longer version like this for every other upcoming episode πŸ™

  • Reply Mandy Whitton January 23, 2020 at 12:47 pm

    Love the hoody’s

  • Reply Johann Meiring January 23, 2020 at 12:50 pm

    Was it "aids" or flu ?

  • Reply Diane Reiser January 23, 2020 at 12:55 pm

    I wish I could fall asleep in 60 minutes. πŸ˜•

  • Reply Leah w January 23, 2020 at 1:05 pm

    I love Ellen's love for Twitch and his family. 😍

  • Reply Henry Giles January 23, 2020 at 1:27 pm

    I can dance like twitch

  • Reply Violet DLT January 23, 2020 at 1:38 pm

    i have the flu

  • Reply Heather Banks January 23, 2020 at 1:39 pm

    Get your flu shot . Two years ago I was surrounded by people with the flu in Florida ,I never got it ,because I got the flu shot .

  • Reply BossBoo 808 January 23, 2020 at 1:41 pm

    I bet they got the flu shot

  • Reply Dawn break January 23, 2020 at 1:46 pm

    Best dancers on tiktok andrea.posner and caleb green

  • Reply Liongirlgaming 2018 January 23, 2020 at 2:26 pm

    Twitch has a baby at home he cant afford to get sick

  • Reply Lynnette Polanco January 23, 2020 at 2:27 pm

    The new set up is a train station. I saw it.

  • Reply α—°OOα‘Žα‘•α•ΌIα’ͺα—ͺ January 23, 2020 at 2:39 pm

    πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ omg

  • Reply Barb Holmes January 23, 2020 at 2:55 pm

    Is the flu shot not available in the States?

  • Reply Luke Val January 23, 2020 at 3:02 pm

    I have the flu right now

  • Reply Matthew Lawson January 23, 2020 at 3:06 pm

    Joel is a cutie !

  • Reply Mary Ketchum January 23, 2020 at 3:19 pm

    Watching this while in bed with the stomach flu. πŸ˜“

  • Reply Eglah Georgina January 23, 2020 at 3:43 pm

    Bachelor πŸ˜‚πŸ˜…πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£

  • Reply Toykan Dogan January 23, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    The producer Joel is a hot piece though

  • Reply Angelique Cardenas January 23, 2020 at 4:02 pm


  • Reply Toffee girl* * January 23, 2020 at 4:20 pm

    Next thing you know the comments are turned offf

  • Reply TRICIA BROWN January 23, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    Everyone getting purell. Lmaooooo πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈπŸ€£. And they're happy

  • Reply Lola Rodriguez January 23, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    Welllllllllll you should have let people take the day offπŸ˜‚

  • Reply Kimberley January 23, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    I love Ellen, so funny!!! Everyone is getting Purell!

  • Reply Mrs Scorpio January 23, 2020 at 4:59 pm


  • Reply E Lindquist January 23, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    How about give everyone, a flu shot. As purell kills bacteria, not viruses. πŸ€”

  • Reply Naquilia Johnson Carter January 23, 2020 at 5:31 pm

    Twitch killed that, dang

  • Reply Liz Dugaro January 23, 2020 at 5:33 pm

    The flu is VIRAL, just sayin. πŸ˜† Btw someone let Ellen know she never has to face it again if she just takes elderberry. It works like a shield and is 87% effective against influenza, all strains the past decade and counting. Get some, Ellen! πŸ’—

  • Reply Adrian Val Olonan January 23, 2020 at 5:36 pm

    1:54 nice flu suit

  • Reply anbu chelvan January 23, 2020 at 6:03 pm

    Wats tat song twitch danced for ?

  • Reply Dee Bee January 23, 2020 at 6:25 pm

    Hopefully Ellen will get the coronavirus.

  • Reply Nan Branham January 23, 2020 at 6:29 pm

    That BELIEVE IT OR NOT was THE DANG FUNNIEST πŸ˜† πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£!!!!!

  • Reply Anesha Pretty January 23, 2020 at 6:34 pm


  • Reply Love Serve Overcome January 23, 2020 at 6:35 pm

    Great Humor & Positivity! πŸ˜‚

  • Reply L Mendez January 23, 2020 at 6:37 pm

    I wish I could dance like Twitch!!!

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