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Kate McKinnon From Saturday Night Live Impersonates Ellen DeGeneres — on the Ellen DeGeneres Show!

Ellen DeGeneres met herself — sort of — during the Apr. 23 episode of her eponymous daytime talk show. The comedian chatted with up-and-coming star Kate McKinnon, whose spot-on impersonation of DeGeneres has made her a Saturday Night Live favorite after just one season.

“It’s been such a journey. I’m trying not to cry because I have loved you my whole life, truly,” McKinnon, 29, told DeGeneres, 55. “My mother has come up with schemes to try to meet you. I used to paint, I was an oil painter, and she would always say, ‘If you would just paint a portrait of Ellen and send it to her, I’m sure that she would have you as a guest on the show. I don’t know why you don’t just paint a portrait.’ I never did and I don’t know why. I guess it’s because I was meant to appear in a different capacity on the show.”

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McKinnon added, “It’s like I’ve met Jesus, if you believe in that sort of thing. I’ve arrived at the gates and here you are.”

“I hope I don’t disappoint you,” DeGeneres quipped. “That’s a lot of pressure for me.”

Kate McKinnon on Ellen
Saturday Night Live’s Kate McKinnon made her first talk show appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on April 24, 2013 — and impersonated the famous comedian.

After discussing McKinnon’s Saturday Night Live audition, DeGeneres asked the comic to change out of her blue dress and put on a matching outfit. “I will treasure this forever,” McKinnon joked. “Thank you!”

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Later in the episode, McKinnon reappeared on stage — dressed as DeGeneres! — and pretended to interview the talk show host. “It’s time to say goodbye now,” McKinnon said. “Be kind to one another. Adios, arrivederci, avocados. . . I’m vegan. Just kidding! I’m Ellen.”

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