Inspirational Ohioan surprised by Ellen Degeneres on her show today

Inspirational Ohioan surprised by Ellen Degeneres on her show today
In this photo released by Warner Bros., talk show host Ellen DeGeneres is seen during a taping of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" at the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, Calif. (Photo by Michael Rozman/Warner Bros.) (Michael Rozman)

Today’s episode of the Ellen Degeneres show features an interview and performance from a Ohio native that will inspire you. On today’s show Ellen welcomes 19-year-old pianist Darrius Simmons from Warren, Ohio. Darrius was born with four fingers and has prosthetic legs. After being rejected from his high school football team, he decided to learn the piano using an old keyboard. Darrius is now studying music on a full ride scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music.

Darrius gets emotional talking about his single mom, Tammy, who he considers his “guardian angel.” Last year, they had to move out of their family home because their roof collapsed, and they couldn’t afford the repairs. His dream is to one day buy her a house and a new car.

In this photo released by Warner Bros., talk show host Ellen DeGeneres is seen during a taping of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" at the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, Calif. (Photo by Michael Rozman/Warner Bros.)
In this photo released by Warner Bros., talk show host Ellen DeGeneres is seen during a taping of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" at the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, Calif. (Photo by Michael Rozman/Warner Bros.) (Michael Rozman)

‘This Is Us’ star Mandy Moore and the cast of ‘Love Is Blind’ are also on today’s episode. Watch The Ellen Degeneres Show to see what surprises Ellen has in store for Darrius and his family today at 4 p.m. on WHIO-TV.