Elliott DeGeneres, proud father of Ellen DeGeneres

California mudslide

EPAThe death toll from the deadly California mudslide has risen to 17 and 24 people are missing

Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres struggled to hold back tears as she face-timed with media mogul Oprah Winfrey to discuss the Montecito mudslides that have brought deadly destruction to their neighbourhood in Santa Barbara County, California. "We never had medicine growing up and he lived to be 92", DeGeneres continued. He had a good, long life. She said his death was expected and that she had the opportunity to say goodbye to him before he passed away. He was very proud of me, he loved this show.

Our thoughts are with Elliott's loved ones at this hard time. I'm devastated for the families who lost loved ones.

The 2-minute clip - which has gotten more than 3 million views on Facebook and another 350,000 on YouTube - showed DeGeneres fondly remembering her dad as amusing and kind, and noting he was proud of both her and her daytime program. The TV host said that her dad died at the age of 92.

Winfrey, who shared a couple of videos on Instagram Wednesday from her Montecito property, said some of her neighbors' houses have been destroyed, and that she was ready to provide assistance.

Ellen DeGeneres shares a heart-to-heart with her audience on Thursday, addressing the catastrophic damage in her Montecito, CA neighborhood caused first by the largest wildfire in state history, and now mudslides and flash flooding. "When he died, I saw this rainbow over the stage they named for me", DeGeneres wrote.

Mudslide damage
EPAEmergency responders are working to pull locals from a waist-deep river of mud

When I was a kid, my dad took us on one vacation to Warner Bros. "England loves you", Herchy Boal commented. "I am so sorry for your loss". That rainbow is mind blowing. absolutely reassuring you he's with you.

DeGeneres revealed she and her wife Portia de Rossi returned to their house on December 27 after being evacuated due to the Thomas Fire.

Oprah then described what happened early Monday morning, just hours after she gave her headline-making speech at the Golden Globes.

She remained, however, incredibly positive, adding, "We're going to come together and we're going to do what great Americans do all the time". Pictured: DeGeneres speaks onstage during "One Voice: Somos Live!"

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