The two-day birthday extravaganza was put up together by Million Acts of Good campaign in collaboration with Cheerios, and Ellen was able to surprise everyone at the show.
During the mindblowing announcement, Degeneres said:
‘I want to take a moment, first of all, to say everybody in the audience is here for a special reason,’ she says in the clip for the episode set to air on Friday.
‘All season long, I partnered with Cheerios to encourage people to do one million acts of good and if you’re here in my audience, you helped us reach that goal.
‘Cheerios is sponsoring my two-day birthday extravaganza because they know there’s no better way for me to celebrate my birthday than to share it with people like you. Thank you so much. You’re all good, wonderful people.’
She continued, ‘Thanks to every single person in this audience, it is filled with goodness and we have reached one million acts of good because of all of you.
‘So, I wanna do something that we’ve never done before. This is big, okay? Look at this over here…
Alright, so, that’s me on the front of this Cheerios box right there and here’s the big part – if you have a box of Cheerios under your seat, I’m going to give you a special surprise gift.’
The audience went wild when they realized they were all in possession of a box of Cheerios, but when Elle announced the $1 Million donation, the crowd were left stunned in disbelief at their luck.According to Mail Online, some of the good deeds done by audience members include a couple who during Hurricane Harvey used their own money and drove 800 miles to deliver supplies.
A teacher named Lori Gaines donated a kidney to the mother of a student just three weeks previously.
While one Dan McKernan had to quit his job and started a sanctuary for farm animals. He raised $150,000 for them.
The audience members would be splitting the $1 million prize money.