In recognition of Father’s Day, the Ellen DeGeneres Show shared a compilation of stars that have appeared on the show recently and shared their experiences with fatherhood.
Bradley Cooper, Ryan Reynolds, O’Shea Jackson, Jr. (the son of Ice Cube), Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Dwyane Wade were among the fathers featured offering thoughts on parenting. Out fathers Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Ricky Martin were included, too.
Ferguson had jokingly told Ellen in March that he and his husband, Justin Mikita, are doing everything possible to raise their son, Beckett, as gay.
“We’re raising him gay until he decides he’s straight,” Ferguson said. “On the way back from the hospital, we played Britney Spears, because that was Justin’s one demand to listen to, that was his first exposure to music.”
“You’ll love him just the same if he is straight?” Ellen asked.
“Absolutely,” Ferguson responded, explaining that Beckett will probably end up being really straight and he’ll have to learn to play football to play with the kid.
Martin told Ellen earlier this month, “I just want to normalize families like mine.”
The out superstar and father of four was on the cover of PEOPLE‘s issue for Pride Month. “A lot of people tell me, ‘Ricky, thank you so much just for posting that picture with you and your husband and your kids. That made me feel better about myself,'” he shared.
When he appeared on the show in February 2020, Ellen said to Wade — the father to 14 year-old Zaya, who is trans — that “Every parent should be what you’re being right now, which is unconditionally loving your child and supporting your child in whoever they are.”
Ellen lost her father in January 2018. He was 92.
“He was very proud of me, he loved this show,” she said on her show the week after. “And he was a kind man, very accepting man, there was not one bone of judgment in his body.”
“He was very funny,” she added. “I think my brother Vance and I got our sense of humor from him.”
She shared that her family had only ever took one family vacation during her childhood. It was to the Warner Bros. studio where she now records her show.
“And now I work at the Warner Bros. lot and have my own stage with my name on it. So he was really proud of that.”
Ellen announced in May that she is ending the Ellen DeGeneres Show.
“When you’re a creative person, you constantly need to be challenged – and as great as this show is, and as fun as it is, it’s just not a challenge anymore,” she said.
Ellen said that her staff has already been informed that her show will continue through its 19th season, which will start later this year. After that, she’s signing off for good.
Happy Father’s Day. Sending love to all of the amazing fathers and to anyone else who could use it today.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) June 20, 2021