Ellen DeGeneres’ well-meaning attempt to reunite long-lost “best friends” ended in an awkward meeting between strangers who seemed more excited to meet the host than each other.
Late last month, Mississippi university student Brianna Cry put a call out on Twitter for help finding a girl she had met as a child on a dinner cruise in Hawaii 12 years ago.
“We were basically best friends for that night so I need y’all to help me find my best friend cause I miss her and I need to see how she’s doing now. Please retweet this so we can be reunited,” she asked.
Hey twitter, I met this girl on a dinner cruise in Hawaii in 2006. We were basically bestfriends for that night so I need y’all to help me find my bestfriend cause I miss her and I need to see how she’s doing now. Please retweet this so we can be reunited. pic.twitter.com/LRtk6ClvV3
— Bri (@briannacry) November 24, 2018
In less than 24 hours, the viral tweet had reached friends of California student Heidi Tran, who then replied to the tweet with a photo of herself holding a family portrait taken from the same night.
Heard you were looking for me~ pic.twitter.com/Dz4z1wapRv
— heii (@heii_tree) November 24, 2018
Ellen, being the lover of quirky, heartfelt stories that she is, decided to bring the pair onto the Ellen Degeneres Show to be reunited in person.
Only it wasn’t exactly the meeting Brianna might have hoped for.
While the pair managed a hug, the distance between the two women on the couch made it painfully clear they were, well, absolute strangers. Their reaction shouldn’t be too surprising given they’d only met for a few hours as pre-teens.