Gay college vandalism victim and Va. auto shop owner on Ellen show
ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ)–Last month we told you about the Roanoke auto shop manager who repaired a bullied college student’s car for free.
The story got national talk show host Ellen’s attention and she invited the two men on her season premiere show which aired Monday.
Ellen’s introduction of Jordan Addison and Richard Henegar won applause at Radford University, and inside Quality Auto Paint and Body in Roanoke.
Richard Henegar watched his appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres show with friends and family.
Jordan Addison was surrounded by fellow students at Radford University. The segment brought tears to his eyes but also a lot of support.
Earlier this year Jordan’s car was vandalized four times. A gay slur was keyed into the side along with the word ‘die’. He didn’t have the money to fix it [Watch:Body shop repairs, tricks out bullied gay student’s ride].
“My aunt and uncle and I have worked really hard to pay for my vehicle and to keep my expenses going,” said Addison.
Ellen DeGeneres was so touched by the story she surprised both of the men with gifts.
She presented both with a check for $25,000 donated by Cover Girl.
Jordan and Richard kept the gift a secret until the show aired on Monday. They’ve already made plans for the money.
Click over to WDBJ7 and read the rest of the story, and find out how they plan to spend the money.