After reports that she was suffering from chest pains hit the Web yesterday, Ellen DeGeneres addressed her studio audience to set the record straight. 


"You know I like to tell you what's going on in my life. So today, I will tell you what's going on in my life because TMZ is also telling you what's going on in my life," the 53-year-old said during a taping of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." "So I'll tell you at the same time that they're telling you. What happened was, last night I was having chest pains. So this morning the paramedics came to look at me." 


Using her brilliant comedic talents, DeGeneres went on to say that the symptoms of chest pains first appeared Sunday evening — and later reappeared during a meeting on the Warner Bros. set. 


"I was still feeling the pains," she said. "So I was like ya know, I should check this out. It's better to be safe than sorry. Who doesn't want to see a fireman occasionally? ... We called the paramedics here on the Warner Bros. lot and about 50 trucks and ambulances, like one marching band short of a parade showed up outside of my office."


"Then they come in with an axe. Break the door down. It was open. I don't know why they did that. They came in, they asked me all the questions: 'How are you feeling? When did it start? Family history? Can I get tickets to the 12 Days [holiday giveaway shows]?' All the questions that they would ask, but everything is fine."


DeGeneres, a vegan for almost five years, recently launched an online portal praising the health virtues of the diet. "Scientific studies supported by the American Dietetic Association have confirmed that vegan and vegetarian diets are associated with lower cholesterol, lower risk of heart disease, lower blood pressure, lower risk of hypertension and Type 2 diabetes, lower body fat, and lower overall cancer rates," the site states. "In fact, studies have shown that a vegan diet can actually reverse diabetes, heart disease and even cancer."


"I want to be on my toes; I want to have energy," she said in a 2010 interview. "And as much as the diet seems like a sacrifice, it's helping me."

Michael d'Estries ( @michaeldestries ) covers science, technology, art, and the beautiful, unusual corners of our incredible world.

Ellen DeGeneres makes light of chest pain scare
Comedienne calls paramedics after experiencing a tightness in her chest, assures fans she's fine.