Kerry Washington also stopped by for a special musical performance

By Lindsay Kimble
Updated November 12, 2015 11:05 AM
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Ellen DeGeneres‘s A-list pals turned out to celebrate her milestone 2,000th episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday.

“I’ll tell you something, if someone had told me I was gonna make 2,000 shows, first of all, I would’ve asked for a lot more money,” DeGeneres joked. “I would have said, ‘You’re crazy.’ 2,000 is a lot.”

DeGeneres was surprised by both Jennifer Aniston – who came bearing a welcome mat (the same one she gifted DeGeneres as her first-ever guest) – and the always-charming Justin Timberlake, who was her second-ever guest.

“I think it’s time to bring sexy back,” said Aniston, 46, as Timberlake, 34, surprised DeGeneres on the set.

Both stars were proud of their ability to keep a secret from DeGeneres and shared a toast of tequila with the 57-year-old.

“I thought for sure you knew or you’d find out,” Timberlake said of the surprise.

DeGeneres called the guests two of her “favorite people,” to which Timberlake challenged her to “pick one.”

“We have a lot of similarities,” he joked of newlywed Aniston. “We’re both fun-loving women.”

The comedian was also honored by the president and CCO of Warner Bros. Television Group, Peter Roth, who announced that for only the fourth time in the studio’s history, a stage is being renamed in her honor.

“I officially dedicate Stage 1, which forever more will be now known as The Ellen Stage,” Roth said, presenting a misty-eyed DeGeneres with a new plaque.

The host was also visited by Kerry Washington, who performed a sparkling rendition of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” on a tuba to win money for her charities, the Purple Purse Initiative and Turnaround Arts.

Washington also brought DeGeneres some special Olivia Pope-style Scandal wine glasses and a bottle of red, saying, “You really have changed the landscape of how we love each other in the world.”