Ellen Degeneres to give away Van­cou­ver Games clos­ing cer­e­mony tick­ets

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NEL­SON, B.C. — Co­me­dian and talk show host Ellen Degeneres will auc­tion off two tick­ets this week to the clos­ing cer­e­monies of the Van­cou­ver Games, thanks to the gen­eros­ity of a Nel­son, B.C., busi­ness­man.

Larry Gor­rill won four tick­ets to Sun­day’s clos­ing cer­e­mony and was hav­ing a hard time fig­ur­ing out what to do with the ex­tra two tick­ets he didn’t need.

“For two years my friends have been both­er­ing me, ask­ing who I’m go­ing to take,” Gor­rill said.

So, not want­ing to hurt any­one’s feel­ings, Gor­rill came up with an­other way of get­ting rid of the tick­ets.

“I watch the Ellen Show all the time,” he said. “So I woke up one day and thought I’d email (Ellen) and see if she wants to go.

“I just had my first cup of cof­fee and I thought, ‘Canada loves you and you help a lot of peo­ple. I’d love to be the am­bas­sador for Canada if you want to come to the clos­ing cer­e­mony.”’

Gor­rill wrote an email, hit the send but­ton, and never ex­pected to hear back from the co­me­dian. Then, last Fri­day, he got a call from her pro­ducer.

“He said Ellen was happy I sent the email but due to sched­ul­ing con­flicts she can’t at­tend. But she was so over­whelmed by my gen­eros­ity that she’d love to have me on the show,” said Gor­rill.

He de­clined the in­vi­ta­tion, cit­ing obli­ga­tions to his busi­ness and his own trip to the clos­ing cer­e­mony.

The pro­ducer sug­gested an al­ter­na­tive — give the tick­ets away to two lucky au­di­ence mem­bers at the tap­ing of Fri­day’s show at NBC’s stu­dio in Bur­bank, Calif., and send them to Van­cou­ver for the clos­ing cer­e­mony with Gor­rill as their guide.

They’ll record the ex­pe­ri­ence on video cam­era to share with the show later.

Gor­rill said he’ll be sit­ting with Ellen’s guests and is ex­cited to show them around Van­cou­ver, where he lived for 17 years be­fore mov­ing to Nel­son, in the south­east cor­ner of the prov­ince.

“I think who­ever they send, they’ll be fun and it will be a once in a life­time chance for them to do it,” Gor­rill said.

He’s pretty ex­cited him­self to be go­ing to the Games.

“It’s been two or three years in the run­ning so I can’t wait. I’m go­ing down there Fri­day and stay­ing with fam­ily and friends.”

Gor­rill sent the tick­ets off to the show’s pro­ducer ear­lier this week and also threw in a lit­tle present, cour­tesy of the City of Nel­son.

“I went to the mayor’s of­fice... and got four pairs of red (Olympic) gloves and sent them di­rectly to (Ellen),” he said. “Two are for her and two are for the au­di­ence mem­bers com­ing to Van­cou­ver on Fri­day.”

Gor­rill, owner of the Funky Mon­key Burger Bar, said he hopes the stunt helps put the Koote­nay re­gion city on the world map.

The clos­ing cer­e­monies take place Sun­day at 9:30 ADT at B.C. Place. Tick­ets to the event sold orig­i­nally for be­tween $175 and $775.

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