Comedian Wanda Sykes appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Wednesday, where she revealed an apparent encounter that she claims to have had with a ghost while staying at a historic hotel in Virginia.
“I don’t want people to think I’m crazy, but it happened,” she told host Ellen DeGeneres.
Sykes said that she returned to her room at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Virginia, after a show one night, and suddenly felt that something wasn’t quite right.
“I just had a sense that somebody else is in this room and I was like looking around,” she said, admitting that she had a few drinks. “I just had to make sure that it wasn’t the alcohol, but I was like, ‘No, something is in the room,’ and I kind of looked out of the corner of my eye and it was this woman — it was an old black woman, right, and she just was looking at me.”
Sykes added, “I’m pretty sure she was a slave, because don’t nobody wear stuff like that anymore.”
The comedian said she didn’t feel like the ghost would hurt her, and said that it seemed as though she was more surprised than anything else to see Sykes inside of such a nice hotel room.
The comedian joked that she told the ghost that “things turned out pretty good,” with DeGeneres and the audience erupting in laughter.
“And I know you’re really probably just blown away to see me — this black woman — in this big hotel room,” Sykes apparently told the ghost, going on to quip about what she did next. ”I got the remote control. ‘If this is good, wait until you see who the president is. This is going to scare the hell out of you.’”
She said the woman stayed and watched her for a little while before disappearing.
“And I said, ‘Why don’t you go scare white people. That’s what I would do if I were you,’” Sykes joked.
Watch the comedian describe the ghostly experience below: