Missy Elliott Surprises Her "Funky White Sister" on Ellen

Lewis Collier
September 14, 2018

In August, a woman by the name of Mary Halsey went viral for her excellent karaoke performance of Missy Elliott's song "Work It". Given how it's practically mandatory that all stars of feel good viral clips appear on Ellen, Halsey performed her famous "Work It" cover to the delight of host Ellen DeGeneres and fellow guest Kristen Bell. Elliott was such a fan of her performance that she shared it on Twitter and solidified her status as the artist's "funky white sister".

Even though Mary admitted that she had been singing this song for 17 years, she only recently gained attention when she was singing at Rhode Island's Goddard Park karaoke competition. But soon after taking the stage, Missy Elliott strolled out to join her. Halsey, clearly stunned, quickly shakes off the surprise, throws her arm around Elliott and keeps on working it. "Everybody wants to hear it". The reaction was so positive that she continued to perform the tune over the years. During the interview, she said of one day meeting Elliott, "I see it in my future".

Thankfully, that's not the end of the story for Elliott and Halsey's interactions. Missy revealed that the mumbled lyrics right after the line, "I put my thing down, flip it and reverse it", are actually that same phrase - only reversed.

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Missy Elliott's funky white sister is in the house!

Missy surprised Halsey with a signed custom T-shirt, while Ellen gave her a jacket inscribed with "Missy's Funky White Sister" on the back.

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