*Ellen DeGeneres honored Prince on Tuesday’s episode of her talk show with both personal memories and video footage of his 2003 visit.
“You’ve heard me say it many times before, but the coolest part of having this job is that I get to meet incredible artists and heroes of mine and they perform right here in front of me,” she said. “Of all the bands and artists that I’ve had on the show there was no one like Prince.
“He was an artist, he was an icon, a genius, and he was kind enough to appear on my show in the very first season, in 2003, which you have to understand is a big deal because most stars wait to see if a talk show is going to be successful,” she continued. “They wait to see if it’s a cool thing to do before they say yes, so he did it on the first season, and it meant the world to me that he did that.”
DeGeneres then showed a clip of the 2003 interview, which saw the host asking the late musician about the Ellen boxer shorts given to all guests (“I’m not used to having women buy my shorts for me,” he told her) and revealing her personal copy of his first record, “For You.”
“That’s why I’m here — she’s from the old school, she knows what’s up,” he told the audience of DeGeneres before taking the stage to perform his 1986 song “Kiss.”