Ellen DeGeneres welcomed Jordan Addison, the Virginia-based gay college student whose car was heavily vandalized with homophobic slurs, and Richard Henegar Jr., the auto repair shop owner who restored Addison's vehicle for free, to the debut installment of her talk show's 10th season this week.
"I just felt like it was the right thing to do," Henegar, who owns Quality Auto Paint and Body in Roanoke, said of his decision to provide more than $10,000 in repairs to Addison's car free of charge. "When I heard about his story...I just felt compelled to help this young man. He did not deserve to be the victim of such a violent hate crime. Discrimination of [any] sort...I don't take kindly to it."
Of Henegar, Addison notes, "It's above and beyond everything I could've imagined, and for somebody to do something this great for somebody they've never met before...it's phenomenal."
DeGeneres also had special surprises for both Addison and Henegar at the conclusion of the segment. "Sometimes, a simple act of kindness can make your whole world change," DeGeneres said.