Ellen DeGeneres told her studio audience she experienced chest pains hours before the taping of Monday's show. (REUTERS / Mario Anzuoni)


Ellen DeGeneres is healthy now, but the comedian and talk show host had a small heart scare over the weekend.

DeGeneres, 53, spoke about experiencing chest pains at her Beverly Hills home and the 911 call she made on Monday morning.

I'm glad you're here today. You know I like to tell you what's going on with my life . . . because TMZ is also telling you what's going on with my life, so I'll tell you at the same time, the funny woman told her studio audience.

During Monday morning's producers' meeting at the Warner Bros. lot, an Ellen employee was prompted to make the 911 call, according to TMZ.

The paramedics were strippers that I had called. That's how the rumors got started, DeGeneres said during her opening monologue for an episode that will air on Tuesday.

The laughs didn't end there.

I woke up in the middle of the night and I was feeling a tightness at my chest, like something was heavy on my chest. And it was a cat. So I moved it. And then I still felt the tightness and it was another cat under that cat. There were two cats under my chest, she said to a roaring crowd.

DeGeneres joked that the paramedics and firemen made quite the entrance when they arrived at the Burbank lot.

They come in with an axe, break the door down. It was open. I don't know why they did that . . . they came in, asked me all the questions: How you feeling? When did it start? Family history? Can I get tickets to the 'Twelve Days?' DeGeneres said, referring to the show's annual Twelve Days of Christmas giveaway episodes.

At the end of her five-minute health talk, DeGeneres gave a sincere thanks to everyone involved in her heart scare.

Thank you to all the paramedics and to the nurses who showed up. To TMZ for caring so much. I appreciate it, she said.

Hours after wrapping Monday's show, DeGeneres summed up the day's events via Twitter.

Thank you all for your concern. I wasn't feeling great so I called the paramedics, but I'm fine. The mouth to mouth was totally unnecessary, she wrote.

(Video courtesy of The Ellen DeGeneres Show).