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Reunited Military Couple Maura Gonsalves & Noah Copeland Return

Reunited Military Couple Maura Gonsalves & Noah Copeland Return


Valentine’s Day
is all about love, and there is nothing I love
more than surprising people. Last month we had a big surprise
for someone in my audience, and it may be one of my
favorite surprises of all time. Take a look. As you know, my
birthday is this week, and I’ve been getting a
lot of amazing letters from my viewers. [CHEERING AND APPLAUSE] Thank you. So I want to read one of the
letters that I’ve gotten. Good morning, Ms. Ellen. My name is Noah Copeland,
and I’m a supply officer in the United States Navy. First of all, I want to
wish you a happy birthday. I’m currently deployed
overseas, but I make sure my
girlfriend keeps me up to date on what’s
happening with the show. My beautiful girlfriend, Maura,
has got to be your biggest fan. She watches your
show every day, and I know that you’re the
reason that she’s been able to get
through this deployment. I was supposed to come
back at the end of January, but things keep
getting pushed back, and now I’m not sure when
I’m going to be home. Since I can’t be
there with her, I know nothing would
make her happier than getting to celebrate your
birthday with you at your show. Either way, thanks for keeping
my girl company while I’m away. We love you. And Maura’s here. Come here, Maura. [CHEERING AND APPLAUSE] [MUSIC PLAYING] Hello. Hi! Hi! Hey, Maura. Where do you live? Oh, my god. Oh, here. Let me give you– Sorry. –that. I live in San Diego,
California right now, but we moved here about
a year and a half ago. From? Massachusetts. Massachusetts. Yeah. So you moved to San
Diego, and then he got deployed pretty
much right away, right? Yeah. Five months after. Five months after. So did you have friends there? Did you know anybody there? No. So it was all just
really all of a sudden. Like, he went into
work on a Friday, and then he came home
from work that Friday, and they were like, you
are going on Sunday. So he had two days to pack
up his whole life basically and just leave for a year. And he’s been gone for
over a year right now. Oh my God. That’s so hard. Yeah. And where is he now? It’s called Diego Garcia. It’s an island, like, in the
middle of the Indian Ocean. And it’s like a
military-owned island, so even if I wanted to go
visit, I can’t go visit him, and he can’t– And you can’t meet
halfway or anything. No. Oh my God. So you watch the show, and
does he also watch the show? Or do you make him
watch the show? No. [LAUGH] I’m, like, a huge fan. I– I can’t even– can’t believe this is
happening right now. But because I am such a
fan, I made him a fan. Basically, we’ve been
watching together. While he’s been away, I will
FaceTime him when I’m watching. What, you’re FaceTiming while
you’re watching the show? And so he’s watching
it with you, FaceTime? Yeah. Yeah. That’s expensive, isn’t it? Aw! [LAUGH] I know. That’s so sweet. All right. And so when is he coming home? He just said it keeps
getting pushed back. Yeah. We don’t know. Especially because the
government just shut down, all the flights that
were leaving there got canceled, and he can’t leave. So I have no idea when
he is coming home. You know, the ripple effect
of the government getting shut down, you think
it’s one thing, and it’s like, even
that, that’s horrible. It’s really sad. All right. Well, he said he wanted you to
be at my birthday show, right? Yeah. This is not my birthday
show, but I want you to be at my birthday show. No way. So bring Maura the tickets
to the birthday show. What? Yes! [CHEERING AND APPLAUSE] [MUSIC- KANYE WEST,
“HOMECOMING”] [INAUDIBLE] Maura, Noah, come on down. [CHEERING AND APPLAUSE] Oh, that was so much fun for me. That was hilarious,
because when I said– I called the tickets out, and
you were hugging me so hard. And I was trying to turn you
around, because you were just hugging me. And I was like, he’s behind you! You got me crying again already. It was so sweet, though. What’s it like– so
that was the first time you saw each other in a while. That was the first time– seeing her on the screen,
I was crying back there and I was like, no,
get it together. My knees are shaking. I have to walk out. I’m like, I don’t want to fall. Get it together. So when I came out,
nobody was here. The crowd wasn’t here. The cameras, nothing. It was just me and her in that
moment, and it was perfect. That’s so sweet. And how’s it been being back
together again for a while? It’s awesome. I mean, it was such a
long time being apart. I just am so thankful that you
guys gave us this opportunity to just be together again. And I’m just so happy he’s home. It’s so nice spending
our time together. So you’re home for how long? For two years. Two years. And at some point,
you’ll be deployed again. Maybe. I don’t know. I haven’t checked in my job
yet, so I don’t know yet. But hopefully, I’m just
here for the next two years so I can spend as much
time with her as I can. That’s so great. We had you back because
you’re such a cute couple, and it’s Valentine’s Day. What plans do you have
for Valentine’s Day? Our big plans– we
really don’t have any. However, we’re going to go
to the store, get some food, cook dinner, you know, throw our
phones away, turn the TV off, and just reconnect, you know? I’ve been gone for
a year, and I just want to reconnect with her. You know, the little things
are what’s important. That’s the best kind of night. That is going to be great. All right. We got you a little something. Aw! Oh, that’s so cute. That’s cute, right? Yeah. All right. And also, our
friends at Shutterfly love supporting
military families. They want to help you create
memories by giving you $10,000. [CHEERING AND APPLAUSE] Ellen! Thank you so much! You’re welcome.


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