She’s funny, she’s uplifting and she’s thoughtful!

Ellen DeGeneres sent her longtime buddy Kellie Pickler a present to mark the country star’s new daytime talk show Pickler & Ben, and the gift turned out to be something only Ellen could pull off.

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“Everybody’s been so positive and encouraging. Ellen actually sent us a gift. A little surprise gift,” Kellie tells Perez Hilton. “When we opened it, confetti shot out to the ceiling.” 

Kellie adds boss Faith Hill, who executive produces Pickler & Ben, has been nothing but supportive since the show’s debut.

“She just wanted us to be ourselves. It’s easier to be yourself than to try and be something you're not.... She encouraged us to be us, have fun, do our thing, and that’s what we do,” Kellie says.

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Watch Pickler & Ben weekday mornings on CMT.

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