Ellen DeGeneres helps Florida woman ‘win’ $10,000 to start animal rescue

Ellen reacts as Alexis Kimball wins "Holey Roller." (Michael Rozman/Warner Bros.)
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BURBANK, Calif. (WTHR) — It's her show, so Ellen DeGeneres can make her own rules, right?

Alexis Kimball, 32, initially appeared on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" last week after being called on stage to play the Holey Roller Game, which involves rolling a ball across the stage to a small target.

Kimball was given two chances to win $10,000 but failed, so DeGeneres decided to fly her back to California from her home in Jacksonville to give her another try on an episode that aired Monday, Sept. 30.

DeGeneres made the game a bit tougher this time: Kimball had to do it blindfolded.

While she missed the first ball, DeGeneres let the audience in on her plan all along with cue cards on the screen reading, "Alexis isn't going to make it. When she misses, everyone applaud and scream. We're going to tell her she made it because I want to give her $10,000."

Later that day, DeGeneres posted the clip on Twitter and said, "I wanted Alexis to win "Holey Roller so bad, I may have cheated."


Kimball said she would start an animal rescue if she were to win the $10,000. DeGeneres said she brought her back for another chance because we need more animal rescues out there.

"The Ellen DeGeneres Show" airs weekdays at 3 p.m. on WTHR.

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