Watch Tiffany Haddish completely lose it when Ellen reveals the best surprise ever.

Tiffany Haddish, breakout star of the hit film "Girls Trip," is honest, bold, and absolutely hilarious — especially when she's just being herself.

Her recent come-up is especially notable given her difficult childhood. Haddish and her siblings entered foster care after their mother was diagnosed with a debilitating mental illness as a result of a traumatic brain injury.

Haddish had behavior issues and a tough time in school but never lost her quick wit and drive. She never stopped grinding in pursuit of a career in comedy. Decades later, she’s finally getting her due.


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This week, Haddish appeared on "The Ellen Show," and the topic quickly turned to Haddish's fondness for Oprah Winfrey.

She told host Ellen DeGeneres about her plan to go into business selling vegetables with the notoriously garden-loving legend, calling her imaginary venture "Tiff & O’s" —  "'Cuz I’m probably going to be doing most of the work," Haddish explained.

Haddish also told the story of working as an extra in the made-for-TV film “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” which Oprah produced.  Haddish was on set, telling jokes to the other background actors between takes when Oprah walked by and told her, "You’re a very funny lady!"

At the time, Haddish responded like most of us would when coming face to face with a compliment from Oprah:

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Oprah asked her name and told Haddish to write to her and keep her posted on her stand-up career. Haddish assured Oprah she would.

She kept up her end of the bargain, writing to Oprah over the years, but the Queen of Entertainment didn't respond to her letters.

So Ellen went full Ellen and surprised Haddish by surprising her with her idol.

When Haddish realized Oprah was there, in the flesh, she absolutely lost it. There was dancing, laughter, and a flood of tears. It's a pure-joy, full-circle moment.

To go from a childhood in foster care with an uncertain future to meeting your idol on national TV while doing press for your own exploding career? That’s nothing short of amazing. And this exchange was just the best:

"I love you," Haddish said through happy tears.

"You are so, so, so, good," Winfrey responded.

"You told me that in a dream. … I ask questions, and I answer them in your voice," Haddish admitted.

As to why Oprah never responded to the letters? She says she didn't receive them.

She's a busy mogul, so it's no wonder a few things slip through the cracks. Oprah assured Haddish she’d respond in the future and that she’d even give Haddish the best ways to reach her.

The two continued their reunion by cooking "joyful collard greens" with Ellen. It was a moment a long time coming, but some surprises are worth the wait — or as Haddish said, "I looked at myself in the mirror, and I said, 'Girl, today is going to be a magical day.'"

Watch Ellen's ridiculously truly lovely surprise and prepare to be delighted.

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In many ways, 18-year-old Idaho native, Hank Cazier, is like any other teenager you've met. He loves chocolate, pop music, and playing games with his family. He has lofty dreams of modeling for a major clothing company one day. But one thing that sets him apart may also jeopardize his future is his recent battle against a brain tumor.

Cazier was diagnosed in 2015. When he had surgery to remove the tumor, he received trauma to his brain and lost some of his motor functionality. He's been in physical, occupational, and speech therapy ever since. The experience impacted Cazier's confidence and self-esteem, so he's been looking for a way to build himself back up again.

"I wanted to do something that helped me look forward to the future," he says.

Enter Make-A-Wish, a nonprofit organization that grants wishes for children battling critical illnesses, providing them a chance to make the impossible possible. The organization partnered with Macy's to raise awareness and help make those wishes a reality. The hope is that the "wish effect" will improve their quality of life and empower them with the strength they need to overcome these illnesses and look towards the future. That was a particularly big deal for Cazier, who had been feeling like so many of his wishes weren't going to be possible because of his critical illness.

"In the beginning, it was hard to accept that it would be improbable for me to accomplish my previous goals because my illness took away so many of my physical abilities," says Cazier. His wish of becoming a model also seemed out of reach.

But Macy's and Make-A-Wish didn't see it like that. Once they learned about Cazier's wish, they knew he had to make it come true by inviting him to be part of the magical Macy's holiday shoot in New York.

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Make-A-Wish can't fulfill children's wishes without the generosity of donors and partners like Macy's. In fact, since 2003, Macy's has given more than $122 million to Make-A-Wish and impacted the lives of more than 2.9 million people.

Cazier's wish experience was beyond what he could've imagined, and it filled him with so much joy and confidence. "It is like waking up and discovering that you have super powers. It feels amazing!" he exclaims.

One of the best parts about the day for him was the kindness everyone who helped make it happen showed him.

"The employees of Macy's and Make-A-Wish made me feel welcome, warm, and cared for," he says. "I am truly grateful that even though they were busy doing their jobs, they were able to show kindness and compassion towards me in all of the little details."

He also got to spend part of the shoot outdoors, which, as someone who loves climbing, hiking, and scuba-diving but has trouble doing those activities now, was very welcome.

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Overall, Cazier feels he grew a lot during his modeling wish and is now emboldened to work towards a better quality of life. "I want to acquire skills that help me continue to improve in these circumstances," he says.

You can change the lives of more kids like Cazier just by writing a letter to Santa and dropping it in the big red letterbox at Macy's (you can also write and submit one online). For every letter received before Dec. 24, 2019, Macy's will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish, up to $1 million. By writing a letter to Santa, you can help a child replace fear with confidence, sadness with joy, and anxiety with hope.

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