- Ellen DeGeneres took to Instagram to keep fans updated with her attempt at doing a 4000-piece jigsaw puzzle while she stayed at home during the coronavirus crisis.
- She started off by saying that the puzzle was going to keep her busy "for at least an hour," and said: "I haven't done them in a long time, but it shouldn't be that hard."
- She spent the next several hours turning over every single piece.
- "So what I realised is 4,000 pieces is ridiculous," she said eventually. "I don't have a table big enough. Who does? Whoever gave us this puzzle, and I'm going to find out who, this is ridiculous."
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Ellen DeGeneres kept fans up to date with her attempt at a 4,000-piece jigsaw puzzle while at home social-distancing amidst the coronavirus crisis. But it didn't exactly go to plan.
She posted the five videos to her Instagram page, with the first one detailing why she chose to take up the challenge.
"Okay, I'm bored. I'm sure everybody is bored. And look at the weather, look at outside. It's pouring down raining. It's not like I can even do anything anyway," DeGeneres told the camera.
"So, I remembered I have a 4000-piece puzzle. And this is what I'm going to do to keep busy. And it's going to keep me busy for at least an hour. I haven't done them in a long time, but it shouldn't be that hard."
However, DeGeneres gave up pretty quickly, telling fans (and wife Portia de Rossi, who was filming) that she attempted to do the puzzle; "when I attempt to do something I do it, that's the person I am."
But she said she only counted pieces 3,999 rather than the promised 4,000.
"I don't know about you, but when I get to the end of the puzzle and feel so good and accomplished and there's one missing, it's not fun. So, I'm not going to do it."
The saga was not yet over, however, as after briefly reading "Moby Dick" and packing the puzzle away, she found the elusive missing piece.
"I put everything away, and I was sitting over there and then find the piece that's missing underneath the table. I'm back to doing the puzzle," DeGeneres said.
"I don't want to read about a whale. I mean, they're pretty, but no."
DeGeneres starred in "Finding Nemo" and "Finding Dory," where her character Dory could apparently speak whale. That didn't help her with "Moby Dick," though.
DeGeneres ploughed on with the lengthy challenge and, hours later, posted a fourth video to her Instagram updating fans on the progress (or lack of) she was making.
"The hardest part is turning each and every one of these pieces over. This is time-consuming. Nobody seems to want to help me, people just want to film me doing it," DeGeneres said as de Rossi laughed.
"I'm going to do it because I'm the kind of person when I say I'm going to do something, I do it. You know that about me. Ellen 'do it' DeGeneres is my name."
Eventually, however, DeGeneres succumbed to defeat as she realized the gravity of the task she had set herself.
"Okay, here's what happened. As you can see, I turned over a lot. This took me, well since I talked to you last. Hours and hours. Look how much I have left," DeGeneres said displaying the endless puzzle pieces.
"So what I realised is 4,000 pieces is ridiculous. I don't have a table big enough. Who does? Whoever gave us this puzzle, and I'm going to find out who, this is ridiculous."
DeGeneres pointed out that she could do it, showing off a couple of jigsaw pieces she had managed to fit together: "It's not like I can't do it because look, I did that one right there. I can do it."
But she didn't want to do it:
"I'm not going to do it, because I'm not stupid. It's Ellen 'not stupid' DeGeneres is what my name is. What a waste this was. On to something else, I'll figure it out."
Several hours later, she posted another Instagram — although this one was much calmer. She sat on the sofa with her three dogs, much more relaxed.
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