Ellen DeGeneres on the heartbreaking tragedy she suffered age 20

Ellen DeGeneres on the heartbreaking tragedy she suffered age 20”

Ellen DeGeneres has revealed the heartbreak she experienced after losing the girlfriend she had when she was 20-years-old.

On Monday's episode of actor Dax Shepard's "Armchair Expert" podcast, the comedian said she began writing the gag shortly after a former girlfriend was killed in a auto accident. When I finished I read it and thought "Oh my god, that's hilarious"'. I was living with her when she was killed, ' DeGeneres said on Shepard's Armchair Expert podcast.

Despite her grief, the amusing lady used the somber material as inspiration for her now-famous "Phone Call to God" bit. So, she moved into a "basement apartment" and slept on a mattress "infested with fleas" on the floor.

"It was during this time that she thought, "'Why is this attractive, 21-year-old girl just gone and fleas are here?'" DeGeneres recalled to Shepard.

She came up with the sketch which eventually landed her an invite on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show.

Years later, she was proven right, with a performance that helped kick-off an insanely successful career in the comedy and entertainment industry.

In fact, it was the death of her girlfriend that she credits for her first-ever and now famous stand-up bit.

The harsh randomness of existence got to her, she explained, saying "I just thought it would be awesome if we could just pick up the phone and call up God and ask questions and get an answer".

She and her girlfriend had had a big fight, she said, and she had refused to go home from a music concert they were at with her.

She explained that the girlfriend was killed in a auto accident, sparking a series of unfortunate events. "I was living with her when she was killed". 'In an instant, she just was gone.

Ellen is of course now married to actress and TV star Portia De Rossi [below].

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