As she detailed the incidents on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Martha joked that she "just attracts electricity."

From teaching Jimmy Fallon how to pickle vegetables to baking a cake for Richard Gere, Martha is always chock-full of interesting anecdotes, and her appearance on today's episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show affirms this. The multi-hyphenate went on the air to talk about the opening of her first restaurant, The Bedford, along with her other new business ventures, but the real highlight of the segment came later, when Martha shared with the audience that she has been struck by lightning not once, not twice, but three times.

Martha revealed this tidbit while playing a game of "Where's The Lie, Martha?" She told DeGeneres two truths and one lie and tasked the talk show host with deciding which factoid was false. "Martha lives a fascinating life," DeGeneres said as she introduced the game to the audience. Our founder then listed her three prepared anecdotes, including "I've been struck by lightning three times," "I am going to be a shark on the next season of Shark Tank," and "I did a headstand on The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

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"I cannot believe that," DeGeneres said after guessing the deception (Martha, unfortunately, will not appear on Shark Tank) correctly. "You've been struck by lightning three times?" She jokingly responded, "If it doesn't kill you, I think it's good for you." Martha went on to explain two of the three incidents: "I was leaning against an iron sink and I saw the lightning go down the pipe out in my garden, and then it came back up through the water and hit me right in my stomach, threw me on the floor, and my husband found me." Another time, the bolt came right through a skylight in her house, she recalled.

Although she didn't share what happened to her on that third occasion, during an episode of Martha and Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party, Martha told Snoop Dog that she was once struck by lightning while talking on the phone. Although these events are, well, shocking (pun intended!), Martha joked with DeGeneres that she "just attracts electricity."


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