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Alex from Target Appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show After His Photo Goes Viral

Not just Alex from Target anymore! A teenage boy became a bona fide celebrity this week when a photo of him at his Target job took the Internet by storm

Alex Lee, 16, unintentionally made a name for himself this past weekend after a Twitter user posted a covert shot of Lee scanning items at a Target store. The photo of the dreamy teen quickly went viral, inspiring memes, spin-offs, and a devoted fan base. 

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The now-famous Alex from Target, whose name was discovered through his company name tag, cemented his quick and surprising rise to fame with an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday, Nov. 5.

The object of teen Twitter users’ desire, who went from 144 followers to almost 600,000 in just days, caught up with Ellen DeGeneres about his newfound celebrity. 

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Alex From Target on Ellen

“One minute our next guest is a cashier at Target, and the next he’s an Internet sensation because of one photo,” DeGeneres, 56, explained.

Dressed in his trademark red-and-khaki Target uniform, the Dallas teen joined DeGeneres to the elated screams of the audience. 

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Noting that he has worked at the Target that made him famous for “about three months,” Lee went on to explain how he found out about his viral photo. 

“My manager came up to me and she showed me the actual picture,” he said. “I thought it was fake… I thought it was fake! And then, about an hour later, these random girls I’ve never met before came in and showed me my Twitter page, and it had like 5,000 more followers. I was just really confused.” 

Watch Alex from Target’s flabbergasted reaction to his recognition in the video above!

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