19 of the All-Time Greatest Celebrity Quotes About Thanksgiving
Ah, Thanksgiving. It’s a day filled with three of our favorite things: family, food, and football. It also happens to be one of the few times a year when we can relate to celebrities on the most basic human level—because whether you’re living the glam life or not, if there’s one thing we can all appreciate, it’s pumpkin pie.
Over the years, many stars have shared their Thanksgiving traditions and revealed what they’re grateful for. Some have taken a more serious approach to expressing their thoughts about the holiday, while others have kept us laughing with their best Turkey Day jokes. We’ve rounded up 19 of our favorite celebrity quotes about Thanksgiving. Check them out below.
“Screw turkey. Turkey sucks. Turkey is gross!” Teigen recently told InStyle. “I do two whole roasted chickens because chicken is so much better and you can still get a great gravy out of it. I just really feel like people feel like they’re forced to eat turkey, and nobody really enjoys it. Surprise everyone. Serve them chicken, and they’ll be much happier.”
In 2013, Ed Sheeran spent Thanksgiving at Jennifer Aniston’s house. "I finished in studio and I called up my friend," he told E! News. "He was like, 'I'm at Jen's house and we're just having a chill hang so I was like, 'OK.' Then I turned up…and they're having a proper Thanksgiving meal and I'm there, and I think I was wearing my board shorts or something. It was fun." Sheeran also attended Turkey Day celebrations hosted by Aniston’s pal, Courtney Cox. ”I ate a lot of food, drank a lot of wine and played a lot of songs," he said of Cox’s festivities. "I didn't do [any music] at Jen [Aniston]’s house, I just drank. Courteney set up like a PA system and I did a show there. It was very random. One of my all time favorite actors and comedians, Sacha Baron Cohen, was there and we ended up jamming and he [did] like a rap in Arabic and stuff. It was very funny."
Kim Kardashian West
In 2015, Kardashian West expressed her Thanksgiving gratitude with a #TBT, tweeting: “I’m so Thankful that me &my friends were the Spice Girls 4our high school talent show! Spice Girls got me thru a lot.” Girl power to the rescue.
"On Thanksgiving we always just have a big feast,” Roberts told Us Weekly in 2011. “Stuffing is my favorite food in the world! I actually have been known to go buy stuffing and make it in the middle of summer.”
Holmes was preparing to cook her first turkey during an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman in 2014. “I’m very excited because this year I feel like it’s really the year,” she said. “I’m the baby of five and I’ve been sort of using that for a long time, but now I’m taking responsibility and my mother’s going to teach me how to make a turkey.”
“Finally, a Thanksgiving without a drunken uncle,” O’Brien tweeted in 2015. “Just me, my nieces and nephews, and my bottle of Jack Daniels.”
“Well I'm Australian, and my husband Sacha is English, but we’ve embraced Thanksgiving [and] my husband no longer wears the mankini that he did in Borat, so I'm very grateful this year," Fisher said on The Rachael Ray Show in 2012 before admitting that she’s not an expert chef. "I enjoy cooking, but I have a meat thermometer so I make sure no one gets food poisoning."
“When I was 9 or 10 years old, my dad took me over to a neighboring farm to help get stuff for the meal,” Silverman told Marie Claire in 2009. “The farmer, Vic, told me to look at all the turkeys and pick one out. I saw a cute one with a silly walk and cried, 'Him!' Before my pointing finger had even dropped to my side, Vic had grabbed the turkey by the neck and slit its throat. Blood and feathers went flying. I had sentenced that turkey to death! Up until then, I didn't know where meat came from — and I've been a vegetarian ever since.”
"I'm a pumpkin pie person, with fresh whipped cream, of course,” Banks told Self in 2010. “I have a [penchant] for Cool Whip, because when I was young that was a big deal. So, I will sometimes buy Cool Whip just to have it in the fridge. And not the pansy stuff that's like 'half the calories'. Guess what? There's a lot of calories, it's Cool Whip! If you're going to eat it, just go for it. Don't believe that 'half the calories' stuff."
“Happy Thanksgiving! This year I'm thankful that your family is so annoying you're checking Twitter instead of talking to them,” Colbert tweeted in 2014.
“I just stole some vegetables from my neighbor’s garden to make my centerpiece,” DeGeneres tweeted in 2015. “I’m calling it my “CornucOprah.”
"I always make a gratitude tree and hang it up and then we make leaves and write things that we're grateful for on them every day of November,” Garner told Us Weekly of her Thanksgiving traditions in 2014.
"I go to the Gentle Barn and hang with the turkeys," the vegetarian told Page Six in 2012. "I tickle them under the wings and I sit them on my lap, and I feed them pumpkin pie."
"This is going to be our first Thanksgiving married and my step-kids and my Mexican husband don't celebrate Thanksgiving, because they live in Mexico,” Longoria told E! News in 2016. “This is the first time they're coming to the United States for Thanksgiving. So they’re very excited about turkey, and I'm cooking up a storm."
"In my family, someone brings up a subject — anything from best vacation memory to worst wedding toast," Faris told Us Weekly in 2014. "Everyone goes around the table and gives a sentiment. It's fun!"
Sarah Michelle Gellar
In 2016, Gellar shared a snap of herself with husband Freddie Prinze Jr. with this caption: “#throwbackthursday and #thanksgiving all in one. This was our first Thanksgiving, and while we had a lot to be grateful for on that day, it doesn't compare to all that we have now. I try very hard to be grateful and appreciative all year, but it doesn't hurt to have one dedicated day. #grateful #happythanksgiving.”
Handler took a serious approach to the holidays in 2016. “Happy thanksgiving to everyone in the world who feels lost,” she tweeted. “Know that there are many strangers who love you even if we haven't met. We will.”
"My mom will not let you cook one thing or be near the kitchen. It's her masterpiece," Munn told Us Weekly in 2014. "I always thought that was strange — like not even cleaning the dishes. It was the quirkiest but most awesome tradition."
Bundchen took to Instagram to express her gratitude in 2016: “Happy Thanksgiving! Each Thanksgiving, I am reminded even more of all the blessings I receive every day. It’s a special day where I get to be with my family, friends and spend some time reflecting on all the experiences in my life. I am most grateful to have health and to be surrounded by love. Wishing you and your families a beautiful day and so much love. #grandmabiscuitsrecipe #specialtime.”