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Anthony Anderson's mother chose bingo over meeting Barack Obama


Anthony Anderson reveals to Ellen guest host Sarah Silverman that his mother turned down a chance to meet President Obama for a bingo game

Anthony Anderson’s mother Doris is such a big fan of bingo that she turned down a chance to meet President Obama because of a game.

The 50-year-old Black-ish star puts in an appearance on Monday’s episode of Ellen where he chats with guest host Sarah Silverman, whose parents were in attendance in the live, socially-distanced audience.

Anderson spoke about how important the game of bingo is in Doris’ life, which even lead to her turning down a chance to meet Obama.

Anthony's mama: Anthony Anderson's mother Doris is such a big fan of bingo that she turned down a chance to meet President Obama because of a game

Anthony’s mama: Anthony Anderson’s mother Doris is such a big fan of bingo that she turned down a chance to meet President Obama because of a game

Important game: Anderson spoke about how important the game of bingo is in Doris' life, which even lead to her turning down a chance to meet Obama

Important game: Anderson spoke about how important the game of bingo is in Doris’ life, which even lead to her turning down a chance to meet Obama

When asked if bingo is still a ‘priority’ for his mother, Anderson opened up about what lead to Doris turning down a chance to meet Obama.

‘This is a priority for her, so much of a priority that, during Obama’s second term, actually the last few months he was in office, I was invited to the White House, I asked my mom to come with me to the White House, she turned down a visit to the White House to play bingo,’ Anderson said. 

Silverman was in denial, adding, ‘No she didn’t,’ but Anderson insisted she did, before adding more details.

Priority: When asked if bingo is still a 'priority' for his mother, Anderson opened up about what lead to Doris turning down a chance to meet Obama

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Priority: When asked if bingo is still a ‘priority’ for his mother, Anderson opened up about what lead to Doris turning down a chance to meet Obama

‘She did. I said, “Mama, you’re gonna turn down a visit to the White House for the first black president in the world, or in America at least, to play bingo?’ And she was like, “Yeah, I’m gonna play bingo.”‘

He added that his mother still, ‘doesn’t regret it’ because that night she just happened to win, taking home $250.’

When the audience started clapping, Anderson chided them, jokiHerng, ‘Don’t clap for that! My mother is a degenerate gambler.’ 

No regrets: He added that his mother still, 'doesn't regret it' because that night she just happened to win, taking home $250'

No regrets: He added that his mother still, ‘doesn’t regret it’ because that night she just happened to win, taking home $250′

Not even the COVID-19 pandemic could stop Doris from her bingo, as she found a drive-in bingo game to play.

‘During COVID, she’s been playing even more. She found a drive-in bingo,’ he adding they would tune to a radio station in the car and someone would call out the letters.

‘And when you won, you honked your horn and they’d come out. In the city of Rosemead, it’s called Drive-In Bingo,’ he added.

Pandemic bingo: Not even the COVID-19 pandemic could stop Doris from her bingo, as she found a drive-in bingo game to play

Pandemic bingo: Not even the COVID-19 pandemic could stop Doris from her bingo, as she found a drive-in bingo game to play

Anderson added that his mother was with him when he received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in August.

‘You know what was kind of weird? They held the ceremony in this back room at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not because of COVID,’ he said.

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Anderson added that only 11 people were allowed to be in the room, and eight of them were family members, including his mother, who gave a ‘great speech.’ 

Walk of Fame: Anderson added that his mother was with him when he received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in August

Walk of Fame: Anderson added that his mother was with him when he received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in August



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