Ellen DeGeneres' birthday show: A hot kiss from Colin Farrell trumps a surprise visit from Julia Roberts -- Watch!

Ellen DeGeneres celebrated her 53rd birthday today with a show full of surprises — to her. In case you missed it, here are the highlights. Watch videos after the jump.

George, a nurse from Portland, Ore. who wanted to spend his birthday with Ellen, was flown to the show and not only gifted a pair of scrubs with Ellen’s face all over them — he got to be Julia Roberts’ mouthpiece as a blind-folded Ellen asked her first mystery guest questions to try to guess who it was. It was Roberts’ first appearance on the show, which DeGeneres joked was more exciting than John Jacobson, who’d been on moments earlier doing his Double Dream Hands routine. “Just barely,” Roberts joked. (Roberts also joked that she was happy she hadn’t worn khakis, and Ellen said that’s how she should have made her entrance  — among his backup dancers. Seriously. Yes.) 

Julia and Ellen told the story of when they flew together to ShoWest years ago. They got there, and Roberts told the crowd she just wanted to meet Ellen. (She admired her ability to pull off white Gucci loafers, Roberts said.) Julia gave Ellen a necklace for her birthday, and Ellen used her interview time to find out what they have in common. Turns out, they both enjoy The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and have dogs and horses. (Roberts also has chickens, including one named Veronica that lays freakishly large eggs.) When they had to cut to commercial and move the show along, Roberts joked, “If I’m the warm-up — Obama.” Actually, it was Colin Farrell…

• Farrell, who puckers up every time he stops by the show, brought out Ellen’s birthday cake and eventually gave her a five-second kiss that was innocent but still kinda hot. Ellen then gave a shout-out to her wife, Portia de Rossi, who was in the studio, and Colin thanked Portia for her years of understanding. “I’m deeply uncomfortable,” Roberts joked. (Was she thinking that Colin’s entrance had trumped Portia’s birthday video impersonation of Marilyn Monroe, too?) “Try comin’ out after Julia Roberts for uncomfortable,” Farrell cracked. He gave Ellen a T-shirt with a shot of them together on it in a heart frame. Colin and Julia also led an awkward rendition of “Happy Birthday.”

• A pregnant Pink, one of Ellen’s favorite people, had gotten the party started. “I came because there’s cake,” she joked. Though she also said she was there to tell her friend Ellen that she was the “baby mama,” she really wanted to say that in a world that so often focuses on what is dark, Ellen is the light. The two of them then danced to 50 Cent’s “In da Club.”

• Jaden Smith was the final guest, and what do you give the talk show host who has everything? A well in her name that will provide clean drinking water to some village for 20 years. (Colin’s present was better, I’m sorry.)

• One of Ellen’s favorite bands, One Eskimo, performed.

• The audience went apes— for “Ellen’s 1 Day of Birthday Giveaways”: They went home with a Blackberry Torch, special edition Jorg Gray watch, and a two-night stay at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas (plus tickets to KÀ by Cirque du Soleil, spa treatments, and VIP club access).

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  • Darlene Mullen

    Happy Birthday Ellen,I love watching your show.Hope you have the best birthday ever.

    • stu

      the 2nd biggest kiss ass to the stars. oprah is #1.
      glad her show was moved to 9am (i’m still in bed) in boston.
      is she still doing those one note dance(?)moves=yawwwwwn.

  • nykolus

    one eskimo performed??? DAMN!!! i’ll have to catch that later…

    • bonnie Hibbard

      TO begin with “HAPPY 53RD BIRTHDAY ELLEN” Mine is Jan 29th and i will be 60. How fast the years go by. Just wanted to say never heard of One Eskimo but i am going to go out and get that CD. Again HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND MANY MORE. Keep smiling :) :) :) Bonnie Hibbard

  • Darlene Mullen

    Happy Birthday ELLEN

  • Locus

    Dude, she can be irritating, but Julia Roberts was so hilarious and adorable here (her and George in the beginning when he was her mouthpiece was terribly funny)! Great guest!

    Colin was great too! He looked really good and nice kiss!


  • hannah

    What exactly did Colin whisper to Julia when Ellen suggested those 2 kiss? It sounded like he said “well that’d be an entirely different kind of kiss”. But I wasn’t sure. God, he’s a dirty sexy MF-er

    • Mulligan

      Yes, that i what he said lol! He is dirty and so sexy!

    • Steph

      He said “you have a husband that’s different.” I actually thought that was kinda offensive. What makes it different that Julia has a husband and Ellen has a wife?? I know it was all fun in games, but I don’t think it makes it that much different.

    • ELIN

      He said to Julia ” Your husband would kill me”

  • BeBe

    LOVE LOVE LOVE ELLEN!! Happy Birthday! :)

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  • Kate

    It was a great show, but I wish they had left Jaden Smith out of it. He seemed completely out of place and an awkward end to an otherwise well put together show.

    • ELIN

      He probably went in place of his father…..

  • tracy bluth

    Happy Birthday Ellen!

  • carla gee

    I wish i could watch your show,was watching it everyday but of course need to work so i miss it,you are awesome.I always wished i could be like you,just so full of life,make others laugh and give so much to help others.I work as a home health aide and love to help others also but you are so unique ,i just love you one day i hope to come see you,that would be my ultimate dream come true,love you and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

  • MsSuniDaze

    It was a fun show. Happy Birthday Ellen!

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  • Marin romero

    “Like” happy birthday ellen and many more . marin

  • peggy duncan

    What an excellent show… Love to see you surprised Ellen as I know you love to surprise others. Hope you have a wonderful day !!!!!

  • Joseph T

    Very funny! Best to her

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