John Travolta Reveals Hot Chocolate Obsession, Joins Olivia Newton-John to Talk Christmas Album on Ellen

Guest stars like Barbra Streisand knew all proceeds were going to charity, "so once we told them it was more impetus to help us," Travolta says

By Natalie Finn Dec 05, 2012 6:45 AMTags
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Grease could have been the word today!

Classic big-screen couple John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John paid a visit to Ellen today to talk about their new charity Christmas album, featuring major guest stars like Barbra Streisand, James Taylor and Tony Bennett.

"Kenny G," added Newton-John, because who can forget Kenny G?

"All the proceeds go to our charities. And they knew that so, once we told them that it was more impetus to help us," explained Travolta, whose cause is the Jett Travolta Foundation, in honor of his late son who died after suffering a seizure. Newton-John, meanwhile, is raising funds for her eponymous Cancer and Wellness Foundation.

"Autism and seizures are the least known areas of illnesses," Travolta said, noting his organization's focus. "And I feel bad that there's so many people dealing with this and there are no answers for. So, I felt like starting a foundation that will help that. Plus, I widened it.  It's also for handicapped children and the handicapped Olympics. It's also for underprivileged children. So I widened my purpose a bit there, too."

The more people helped the merrier, especially at this time of year, right?

Travolta, wearing a festive red and green plaid shirt, also stuck around to help Ellen out with her annual "12 Days of Giveaways."

Asked about on of his favorite parts of the holiday, Travolta admitted to just loving hot chocolate (which he and Newton-John are holding cups of on their album cover).

"It represents winter wonderlands, it represents Christmas," he gushed as the reason for the 10 little cups sitting in front of them started to reveal itself.

"I've collected various types of cocoa from around the world," he said, offering up a sniff of Brazilian cocoa powder to demonstrate the "hint of cinnamon and pepper" that differentiates it from cocoa from Germany, Australia and so on.

"Smells like chocolate," said an unconvinced Ellen. 

"Never blow on it," he continued as his host put on an exaggeratedly disturbed face. "Like a fine wine, it changes the quality of the chocolate. So, never, ever blow on it."

"I'm going to interrupt for just one second, because this is incredibly boring," Ellen said.

Maybe, but it was still pretty sweet.