Ellen: 5-Year-Old Plays for the Utah Jazz
5-year-old JP Gibson has been battling leukemia for half of his life, but last week he was given the chance to be part of the Utah Jazz for the day. At a press conference announcing it, he said he was going to score seven points. He was actually given the chance to play on the court and one of the players helped him dunk the ball.
JP Gibson and his parents Megan and Josh came by Ellen’s studio today. Josh told Ellen that whenever he comes home, his wife Megan is always watching Ellen. Megan said Ellen has brightened a lot of bad days.
Josh said his son is always really positive and he’s handling battling leukemia really well. JP said he had a lot of fun in the game.
JP Gibson said he wants to be a Jazz Player, a Giants player, a Braves player, a soccer player, and be on American Ninja Warrior when he grows up.
“You’re going to be very busy,” Ellen joked.
Utah Jazz players Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors, JP Gibson’s favorite players, came by Ellen to surprise JP and his family. Derrick said JP is a strong kid and he’s brave to go through what he’s going through. Then Ellen surprised JP Gibson and his family with $10,000 from Shutterfly for medical bills and season tickets to the Jazz for the whole family.
Ellen TV: Bob Seger “Night Moves” Performance
Bob Seger played his classic song “Night Moves” on Ellen’s show. It was a classic, cool performance.
Ellen said she wanted him on her show for years but was never able to get him until now. She was really excited he was on the show.
She told a story about playing a comedy club 25 years ago in Detroit and she heard Bob Seger was in the audience. During her stand-up, people kept talking and Bob Seger was telling them to shut up.
“So Bob Seger was protecting me and taking care of me when I was doing stand-up and the fact that I get to have this amazing legend on my show right now and have that story to tell, I feel so honored and proud,” she said.
Ellen: Bob Seger “Hey Gypsy” Performance
Bob Seger also performed his song “Hey Gypsy” from his new CD Ride Out. It was a cool throwback blues song with lots of horns and a classic blues turnaround bass part. It sounded like it came out of the 1960s rather than 2014. Which shows two things: Bob Seger still has it and can definitely make some cool music and he’s also clearly completely uninterested in pandering to current trends in order to get new fans. Bob Seger is doing what Bob Seger does and he’s doing it the way only Bob Seger could. If you love Bob Seger, you’ll probably love this.
Bob Seger’s new tour starts November 19th.