R+B superstar Mary J Blige handed pal ELLEN DeGENERES a diamond encrusted
watch yesterday morning (15MAR04) - to thank her for attending one of her
Blige made a surprise appearance on the ELLEN show as DeGeneres danced and
sang to her hit LOVE @ 1ST SIGHT, and proceeded to hand her the bejewelled
timepiece - boasting yellow, black, pink and blue diamonds - made by New York's
JEWELLER, who has designed many pieces for members of the hip-hop community.
Blige told DeGeneres, "I can't stay that long. I didn't come to sell
anything. I just came to thank you for coming to my show at the HOUSE OF
"I watch you faithfully every morning. You make me happy every morning
when I watch you and I have something for you.
"I saw you on the show with RUBEN (STUDDARD) and I saw you wave to Jacob.
So I said, 'Jacob, Ellen is hollering at you! She needs a watch! So basically
this is from me and Jacob to you."
A grateful DeGeneres joked, "When I sell this, how much can I get for it?
Does it comes with an armed security guard?
"This is unbelievable. I don't even know what to say. I can't even believe
this is happening."
Before leaving, Blige told DeGeneres, "I thank you for coming to my show
that night. I don't think you realise how much it meant to me when I found out
you were really there."