"This is the first time Sterling has been on the show, so he's gotta do -- it's not really a challenge, but it's just something just to feel like family," DeGeneres said to the actor as the curtain drew and a toy tractor appeared. "Mandy rode the tractor, Milo was shirtless, and so we have something back here. What you'll do is you'll ride a tractor shirtless. You'll take your shirt off, and you'll ride that tractor.
Brown, being the good sport that he is, completed the "This Is Us" right of passage -- and looked mighty fine doing it.
But that wasn't the only hazing the 41-year-old Emmy winner had to endure. Since Sterling's Emmys acceptance speech was famously cut short this year, Ellen asked him if there was anything he'd like to say, but she hilariously replicated what happened during the show and played the same music that cut him off mid-speech. She then changed the song to Ginuwine's "Pony," and Sterling gave us his best Channing Tatum hip thrusts.
"Had they played that..." DeGeneres said.
"Yeah, would've been a whole other show," Brown joked.