Ellen Finally Gives the Pizza Guy from the Oscars His Tip
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Ellen Finally Gives the Pizza Guy from the Oscars His Tip

By Dustin Rowles | Videos | March 4, 2014 | Comments ()

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Ellen Degenres’ pizza gag during the Oscar ceremony this year was either the best part of the show, or exactly what was wrong with the telecast, depending on who you ask. According to Rainn Wilson, the gag ended up taking nearly 13 minutes, and in a show that’s often critisized for running too long, maybe the extra 13 minutes wasn’t worth it? Neil Patrick Harris — a veteran of awards show hosting — thought the bit ran too long, for instance.

In the moment it may have ran long, but for better or worse, I thought it was the most memorable segment of this year’s Oscars, which wasn’t exactly big on memorable moments (most of the other big moments happened either before or after the Oscars).

As to the pizza guy, his name is Edgar, and yesterday there was some suggestion that Ellen stiffed him on the tip. Not so: Degeneres just wanted to turn the tip into another nice television moment, giving Edgar a $1,000 tip on her show yesterday.

And yes: That pizza guy had no idea when he showed up that he’d be taken out on stage. In fact, the Oscar producers tried to get an actor to deliver the pizzas, but Ellen — to her credit — insisted that it be real, and insisted that it be a huge surprise to the delivery guy.

It was, as he explains here:

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  • BlackRabbit

    But was the pizza any good? THAT'S the important question.

  • Boothy K

    Gawd. Does anyone who hosts ever catch a break. They should have cut back on the bulls hit montages and have the gags be gags. It's already an interminable evening. I thought she made it fun and light - hearted and sincere. So there.

  • jennp421

    I also really enjoyed the show - yes, it was tame but I didn't find it mind numbingly boring and I wasn't offended by any of the bits.

  • I liked the pizza gag. If I had to choose between cutting terrible montages and having fun with the stars in the audience, I'd cut the terrible montages every single time.

  • Erin S

    I enjoyed it, there's just something about everyone being unsure of what to do then suddenly Brad Pitt is asking for pepperoni and going into dad mode handing out plates. There were the annoying bits, like Jared Leto's "LOOK CAMERA, I'M GIVING THIS TO MY MOM," but people like Harrison Ford who were really into it made it worthwhile.

    Also, can someone please find a clip of Leo's goofy-ass giggle when Ellen appeared behind him to throw to commercial? It was something like "Yeee-haw-haw" and it was magnificent.

  • chanohack

    Harrison Ford is such a grump. I find it half insufferable and half delightful.

  • PuraPuma

    I thought the bit was funny & cool. I didn't care about the length. I mean... the montages were a bigger waste of time. I imagine that guy & his brother will be swamped with business. How nice and awesome for them!

  • PDamian

    That's exactly what I was thinking. The advertising and increased revenues for the pizzeria are going to be worth any temporary embarrassment the poor kid had to deal with. And as luck would have it, he's the co-owner of the pizzeria. Ka-CHING!

  • Well that was certainly a cool gesture. Didn't make the pizza gag worth sitting through, but it was really nice to give that guy a huge tip and bring him out on stage.

    Although as someone who delivered pizzas in college to make ends meet, I can't imagine how embarrassed that dude was walking out on stage wearing a pizza uniformin front of every famous person on earth. I didn't even want my roommates to see me come home looking/smelling like that, let alone Jennifer Lawrence.

  • zeke_the_pig

    I imagine Jennifer Lawrence was probably loving the pizza smell/look.

  • barcia

    Ha! She and all the other stoners with the munchies. Love how quickly Harrison Ford and Brad Pitt jumped up.

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