Michael Ealy Recounts His Days Waiting Tables For Diddy And Other Celebs Before Making It

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Actor Michael Ealy has come a long way, and you ain’t eeen know it.

In a recent interview with Ellen DeGeneres (to promote his show Almost Human), the gorgeous guy talked about his life before the movies, when he was out here waiting tables and trying make ends meet off of tips. If you live in New York, I’m sure you know a thing or two about the Jamaican restaurant Negril Village. So who else is mad that they missed out on being served by the blue-eyed beauty back in the day? Anywho, Ealy opened up about his past waiting tables for famous folks, including Diddy, who he says was the best tipper Ealy came across. It all started after the actor gave props to Ellen (who also used to wait tables) for giving a waitress a $10,000 tip a few weeks ago:

“I saw what you did for the waitress in Connecticut and just let me say that really warmed my heart.  I waited tables. I did the textbook actor thing. I left college and I said, ‘What should I do to make a living?,’ and it was, I saw people interviewed and they said they waited tables. That’s what I did. I had no experience and so I ended up waiting tables. It was a great experience because I actually learned so much about human behavior. You know, like the things that you can tell. Let’s just say a couple on a first date, you can tell because the guy is extremely chivalrous. And after a few weeks, not so chivalrous. Little less chivalrous. It was in New York City. It was a high-end Caribbean spot called Negril and a lot of celebrities came through there. Yes, I know who’s a good tipper and a bad tipper and all of that.”

Ellen: “Who’s the best tipper?”


Ellen: “Yeah? He’s the best tipper? What was the check and what did he leave?”

“I think the check was like, 40 bucks and he left me like, 100.”

Now that’s how you tip! Have you ever waited tables? Check out Michael’s interview below, and even if you don’t hear anything he says, you can just stare at all the beauty of that man…


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