Thursday, September 19, 2013

"I Love Jesus But I Drink a Little"

Fans of The Ellen DeGeneres Show most certainly remember Gladys Hardy, the sweet but slightly eccentric 88-year-old woman from Austin, Texas who first called Ellen to complain about the spiky plant positioned behind her head on set. Ellen returned Gladys' call to thank her for the suggestion, and one of the most entertaining conversations ever recorded - during which Gladys confessed, "I love Jesus but I drink a little" and I spewed Coke Zero out my nose - ensued.

When the conversation first aired - six years ago and long before we ever considered relocating to Texas - I remember thinking that Gladys must really keep her hometown of Austin laughing. There was something about the uninhibited and unapologetic manner in which she delivered her wise-to-match-her-years, liberally conservative (or conservatively liberal?) views on social issues and politics that made me smile. And I couldn't help but envy her slow, Texas drawl.

And then last week I heard the terrible rumor that Gladys is NOT an 88-year-old woman, but an Austin-based comedian named Scott Hardy. (From what I can tell after a little online research, this rumor emerged more than four years ago; as is often the case, I'm a little behind the times.) Now I don't know whether or not this rumor is true - my Google search resulted in an equal number of "Gladys is real" and "Gladys is pretend" links - but if it is...well, life just isn't quite as funny as it was last week.

So, do you know the scoop on Gladys? Real? Fake?

On second thought, don't tell me. I'd prefer to believe she's still out there, livin' it up here in Texas (and by livin' it up, I mean watching The Ellen Show every afternoon from her quilt-covered recliner, staying close to home for fear TSA officials will bust her for toting too much Listerine in her carry-on bag, and loving Jesus but drinking a little to thin her blood) and making folks laugh all across the world.


  1. This was so funny! I had never seen this!

  2. I saw this video for the first time last night and I thought it was Ellen's best ever... I just could not stop laughing... I watched it several times and it kept me laughing just the same way. So I was veeery disappointed when I heard about the rumors. My impression is that Ellen's laugh was genuine and that she would have no reason to rehearse and fake that. But then again... Why does Gladys confess her "little secret"? It's funny and perfectly integrated in the conversation, but has no point at all in the conversation. Don't you agree? Watching the ladybug things and calling tv... what does that have to do with anything? This is the only cue that supports the "script" thesis for me. I wonder if Ellen ever commented that somewhere in an interview or something. Bye everybody :)

  3. According to the following page, Gladys is Scott Hardy's nana, not Scott.

  4. Gladys might be Scott Hardy's nana, but it's not her calling in to Ellen. It's him.

    1. That's what I've heard, but I like to believe it's her anyway. :)

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  6. I came across this rumour and all I can say is, it's fun, Ellen's funny, Gladys is funny, it's entertainment...enjoy it! Don't over think it-just have fun!