During their interview with Ellen DeGeneres, the Cream Pies did not forget the pastry shop that gave them their name.
The band praised Bill’s Donut Shop shortly after sitting down for “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” interview that’s set to air at 4 p.m. today on WHIO-TV channel 7.
“All the kids love it. Everybody loves it,” Cream Pies member Dan Cox told DeGeneres of the business at 268 N. Main St. in Centerville. “It is open 24/7.”
Cox, Bill Reilich, Stevie Brock, Dan Burtenshaw and Dan Cox, all 2009 Centerville High School grads, sing “We Love You, Ellen” during the episode.
Stevie Brock’s stepmother Lydia Brock recorded and edited the viral Youtube video of the song that captured DeGeneres’ attention.
The popular talk show host played a segment of that video last week and professed her love for The Cream Pies.
The band has a sweet story that goes back to the time they spent at Bill’s.
Looking over Bill’s dessert menu, Cox told Ellen he thought “the name the Cream Pies would give people a bunch of laughs.”
DeGeneres’ studio responded to his reasoning with laughter.
“I think you picked the right one,” DeGeneres said of the name before turning her attention to Cream Pies member Bill Reilich’s ripped abs.
Reilich, currently an assistant basketball coach at Indiana University South Bend, blushed when an image of his bare chest appeared on Ellen’s screen. He sung in his ode to Ellen in his underpants.
“It is really peculiar,” Reilich said of the attention he has received. “I am not used to it at all.”
He said Cream Pies member Stevie Brock was the one who got attention in high school because he is a singer. Brock is currently a performer in Los Angeles.
Ellen surprised the band with her show’s season 11 t-shirts. Reilich wore a crop top version so his washboard abs could show.
The talk show host gave them an even bigger surprise after they performed.