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Ellen DeGeneres catches up with Michelle Obama on FaceTime… after getting dubbed ‘one of the meanest people alive’ in viral Twitter thread raising money for LA Food Bank

Written by on March 25, 2020

Ellen DeGeneres seemed humble as she caught up with pal Michelle Obama via FaceTime on Monday. 

The comedienne continued her habit of checking in with famous friends in quarantine by calling the former first lady to chat about the ups and downs of social distancing from the safety of her Santa Barbara home.

Though the 62-year-old talk show host seemed charming-as-ever while on the phone, days prior a viral Twitter thread left people calling Ellen ‘one of the meanest people alive’ after people flocked to post their worst real-life stories about her. 

Distracting herself? Ellen caught up with Michelle Obama via FaceTime on Monday, just days after 'mean' stories about the talk show host flooded Twitter

Distracting herself? Ellen caught up with Michelle Obama via FaceTime on Monday, just days after ‘mean’ stories about the talk show host flooded TwitterVideo playing bottom right…Click here to expand to full pageLoaded: 0%Progress: 0%1:11PauseUnmuteCurrent Time1:11/Duration Time5:47FullscreenExpandClose

Ellen – who was given the Presidential Medal Of Freedom by Michelle’s husband President Barack Obama in 2016 – looked comfortable as she sat down in her well-appointed living room to make the call.

The former sitcom star and Mrs. Obama seemed chummy, as Michelle described how she and the family are coping with isolation.

‘We’re just trying to keep the routine going, but we’ve also got a little bit of Netflix and chilling happening,’ she said while also revealing that daughters Malia and Sasha were both home from school. 

‘My condolences that the kids are home,’ Ellen laughed as Michelle admitted she ‘shouldn’t have boasted’ about finally having an empty nest. 

Behind the camera was Ellen’s wife Portia, who chimed in to say ‘Hi’ to the former First Lady.

‘I’m filming!’ the Arrested Development actress said, adding:  ‘This is my third career as a videographer.’ 

Checking in: The comedienne continued her habit of checking in with famous friends in quarantine by calling the former first lady to chat about the ups and downs of social distancing from the safety of her Santa Barbara home. Michelle and Ellen are seen in 2018 above

Checking in: The comedienne continued her habit of checking in with famous friends in quarantine by calling the former first lady to chat about the ups and downs of social distancing from the safety of her Santa Barbara home. Michelle and Ellen are seen in 2018 above

New routine: 'We're just trying to keep the routine going, but we've also got a little bit of Netflix and chilling happening,' she said while also revealing that daughters Malia and Sasha were both home from school.  The family is seen in 2015 above

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New routine: ‘We’re just trying to keep the routine going, but we’ve also got a little bit of Netflix and chilling happening,’ she said while also revealing that daughters Malia and Sasha were both home from school.  The family is seen in 2015 above

Ironic! 'My condolences that the kids are home,' Ellen laughed as Michelle admitted she 'shouldn't have boasted' about finally having an empty nest

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Ironic! ‘My condolences that the kids are home,’ Ellen laughed as Michelle admitted she ‘shouldn’t have boasted’ about finally having an empty nestBradley Cooper surprises Ellen audience and Michelle ObamaLoaded: 0%Progress: 0%0:00PreviousPlaySkipMuteCurrent Time0:00/Duration Time0:53FullscreenNeed Text

Michelle talked about the pros and cons of isolating, sending her sympathy to those affected by the economic downturn while admitting she’s been happy for life to slow down and let people be grateful for what they have.

‘This is like no other time in history…’ she said. ‘You know there is some good and bad that goes with it.

‘I feel for all the folks that are gonna suffer because of what’s going to happen to the economy, and we have to be mindful about what we’re gonna do to support those folks once this quarantine is over.

‘…On the positive side, I know for us, it’s forced us to continue to sit down with each other, have real conversations. Really ask questions and figure out how to keep ourselves occupied without just TV or computers.’

Simple things: Michelle talked about the pros and cons of isolating, sending her sympathy to those affected by the economic downturn while admitting she's been happy for life to slow down and let people be grateful for what they have

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Simple things: Michelle talked about the pros and cons of isolating, sending her sympathy to those affected by the economic downturn while admitting she’s been happy for life to slow down and let people be grateful for what they have

High honors: Ellen was given the Presidential Medal Of Freedom by Michelle's husband President Barack Obama in 2016

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High honors: Ellen was given the Presidential Medal Of Freedom by Michelle’s husband President Barack Obama in 2016

Michelle went on, saying: ‘It’s a good exercise in reminding us that we just don’t need a lot of the stuff that we have. When times are bad, having each other, having your health.. We can do with a lot less and I think that’s an important lesson that I want my kids to understand.’ 

‘Be grateful for what you have and be ready to share it, because that’s really what it’s all about,’ she continued.

Ellen agreed, revealing the ongoing pandemic has made her think about slowing down.

After, the pair said their ‘Goodbyes’, but not before the funny gal challenged Michelle to a plank competition.

‘We’ll cross that bridge when you feel like you’re in shape,’ the lawyer/author said before signing off. 

Lessons: 'Be grateful for what you have and be ready to share it, because that's really what it's all about,' Michelle (above in 2019) said

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Lessons: ‘Be grateful for what you have and be ready to share it, because that’s really what it’s all about,’ Michelle (above in 2019) said


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