Kristen Bell Sweetly Brings Dax Shepard To Tears On ‘Ellen’

Andie Manahan

January 6, 2019

Birthday prank done right.

One of the most adorable celebrity couples, Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, totally made us go aww and had us tearing up on Thursday’s (January 3) episode of Ellen.

Dax turned 44 on Wednesday (January 2) – the same day they taped the episode. And host Ellen DeGeneres had some pretty big surprises for the birthday boy.

While talking to Ellen, Dax shared a hilarious anecdote about what it’s like to have a birthday so close to the holiday season – and according to him, it’s the “worst.”

“It’s traditionally when you go back to school as a kid,” he reminisced. “It’s like, ‘Happy birthday! Go to school!’ And then when you get there, there was a big break. So, when they read the happy birthdays over the loud speaker, you’re among like 30 people who had birthdays. Nothing special!”

And even now, it hasn’t gotten easier. “Now as an adult when I try to have a birthday party, everyone has just quit eating carbs and they’re not drinking,” he continued his tale. “All this goes out the window in a week, but my birthday is in the first week. I can’t get more than six people to attend my birthday party—and I’m on television and they know Kristen will be there.”

Well, he did get a sweet birthday gift from the host.

“You still love Brad Pitt, right?” Ellen asked him, and revealed a very special pair of overalls. “It’s Brad Pitt all over—in every form!”

Later on, and already wearing his new overalls, they held a Q&A sesh with the audience – with Dax Shepard becoming Dr. Dax for the segment. (The title card hilariously added a disclaimer on the bottom that read “Disclaimer: Dax is not a real doctor but he plays one on TV”)

And he got another sweet surprise – Kristen was in the audience and about to ask him a very important question!

“What would you recommend getting someone very special, like a spouse, for their birthday?” the Kristen asked her husband. “Or how would you spoil them on their birthday?”

“In the bedroom?” Dax teased.

“Let’s say I have in the bedroom covered,” Kristen replied with a wink.

Then, Dax got serious. “I would say please, please, please give that person love and support for 11 years. Give them two beautiful baby girls—and you’re good,” he told her getting a little teary-eyed.


Kristen got a little misty-eyed herself. Then, she pointed out, “You’re crying, too!”

“You sit down, young lady!” Dax joked. “We’ve heard enough of your questions.”

But before she sat down, she told him, “I love you.”

Double aww…

“See!” he jokingly told Ellen. “We had to bring her on my birthday so people would come!”

But it wouldn’t be an Ellen celebration without pulling off a hilarious scare.

The host had a birthday cake brought out for Dax, and as he got near, a person dressed as a clown jumped out from the middle of the cake.

It looks like Dax is kicking off the new year and his 44th year on the planet on the right track. His podcast, Armchair Expert, becoming the No. 1 downloaded podcast – and he thanked Ellen, his wife, and his friends for coming on as guests on his show. He’s also busy filming his series with Ashton Kutcher, The Ranch, which he says is “just about as fun as it gets.”

Happy birthday, Dax!