Josh Duhamel tearfully talks about his connection to the North Dakota floods on 'Regis and Kelly'

I nearly broke out into an ugly cry during Josh Duhamel’s appearance on Live! With Regis and Kelly this morning. While there to promote his film Transformers: Dark of the Moon, the discussion took a serious turn when Kelly Ripa asked the actor, a North Dakota native, about the floods. (Around the three minute mark in the video below.)

“I just can’t even put words to describe it,” he said of a photo of his flooded childhood home a fan had posted on his Facebook page. When Rippa asked a visibly emotional Duhamel of the aid efforts, he had trouble finding his words and quickly wiped his eyes before continuing.

PopWatchers, people don’t cry alone in my presence. Period. But Duhamel’s raw display of emotion really got to me. Was I alone?

Click here for the Red Cross and that “super-long” web address Duhamel mentioned.

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  • spader

    It was very touching…but wasn’t he the douche that forced a plane to land because he wouldn’t turn his cell phone off? The guys an idiot.

    • Jo

      Yeah. Sad, but he’s just such a raging a-hole.

    • jeffrey

      The plane was sitting on the runway, it hadn’t taken off.

      • Matt

        Because he wouldn’t turn off his Blackberry…

    • moneek

      Oh! We are all so perfect! Everyone makes mistakes. Judge him for the rest of his life. Right?

  • Diana

    I love him. What a guy.

  • sam

    Awe, the poor guy! It’s hard to remember sometimes, that the devastation hitting our country is affecting real people. We get so overloaded on the pictures and footage. I feel bad for him. Kelly seemed to have snuck that up on him.

    • moneek

      Yes he was already emotional about talking about the cancellation of AMC and then she went into the Floods of his hometown.

  • Pro Sandbagger

    As someone who lives in Fargo and has delt with so many floods and to see it happen somewhere else when its always suppose to be your town, is very sad. The pictures and people we know who have lost everything is horrible. Thanks to him for bringing more attention to it since its happening in a state that doesnt get much attention ever.

  • PJ

    Geez, way to go Kelly.

  • DiDi

    Ashton are YOU watching? His hometown of Cedar Rapids is STILL waiting for him to shed a few tears for our own flooding. We can’t say enough for Kurt Warner and his wife. Beautiful people.

  • Do or die

    I watched the clip and I was at first thinking staged but I feel he wasn’t expecting the emotional response from himself. That said, if you have the ability to broadcast the need for help and provide a way to do it step up, no matter how afraid you’ll come across.

  • bamabunny

    I think he got Tuscaloosa and Joplin mixed up with the death count (171)…but he was pretty shaken up over his own hometown so it’s understandable.

  • My comment

    I believe whole heartedly that his emotion was raw, unexpected and real. He spent 22 years here, his sister lost her home and we see him visiting annually. Our town is a small one that knows our neighbors and he will always be one of ours. It is refreshing that someone so well known has not lost his hometown pride. Thanks you Josh for not forgetting us little people. Now I just hope we can get this SHhhh fixed before winter comes…

  • Jane Freud

    It’s a pity he can’t fly out there to check out the floods for himself….he would have to turn off his Blackberry.

  • TG1967

    He’s an actor. I don’t buy it. These celebrity d-bags will do ANYTHING to gain publicity. And, yes, I haven’t even rented a movie with him in it since the cellphone incident.

    • Maddy

      yeah, because everyone know actors have no feelings. I mean his hometown flooding, his sister losing her house, those things won’t affect him at all.

  • TG1967

    And, why would you refer to yourself as “little people” when compared to an ACTOR?? An ACTOR, for God’s sake! They’re not even BRIGHT PEOPLE! Geez! Let’s get over this celebrity awe…

  • Wynter

    Yes, the plane incident was bad. Definitely a tool move, there. BUT this seems like genuine heartbreak for his hometown. In this one thing, just give the guy a break.

    • moneek

      Absolutely! No one knows what goes on in someone’s life to make them act out. Celebrity comes with a huge price under a microscope. Those who judge and lash out at someone else have something to hide but lucky they aren’t in the public eye. Or some kids thinking they are funny and playing on here

  • LarsThunder

    It absolutely amazes me how people can hang on to an incident and continue to crucify a person for a mistake. I’m sure none of you who won’t rent his movies or heckle him for the blackberry incident have NEVER done something wrong and then wanted it forgotten. Oh wait, that’s different. You’re not a celebrity so it’s ok, right? Let ye without sin cast the first stone…

  • Erika

    I live in Minot and gave us a bit of a boost which we needed. He has family in town and he visits he’s never turned his back on where he came from and that makes him unique in my opinion. Yes, the phone thing was a bad very bad judgement call. However, I’ve done some dumb things in my time too so I’ll forgive one idiot move.

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