On one day in November 2009, everything seemed to be running as usual on the set of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The host herself sat comfortably in her signature red chair and linked effortlessly to a man located outside of the studio. It was apparently so far, so normal on the show – but then things took an altogether more surprising turn.
“Let’s check in with Aaron at Loyola University in Chicago,” Ellen announced at the time. Again, this wasn’t an out-of-the-ordinary event, as it’s not rare for Ellen to send her field producers out to speak with fans – even those far away from her Burbank, California, studio. Then cameras started to roll on a segment filmed outside of her sound stage.