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Mar. 21 2012, Published 1:00 p.m. ET

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Yes, even stars have their own strange addictions.

Take GCB star Kristin Chenoweth, who tells Ellen DeGeneres she loves quarters and is fixated on collecting as many as possible. 

“It’s a weird thing: I don’t know why I have it,” the Oklahoma-born performer said. “This is not a lie. I obsess on saving them. I got to have quarters. I have them in my car. I have jars of quarters. I stash them away. And the minute I get home from a shopping trip or any trip, I put all the quarters away ... I don’t know what it is.”

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Chenoweth, 43, said the quirk might have been triggered by her earlier days as a starving actor when she needed to do her laundry. She said since it’s not an easy task getting change at times -- especially in New York -- she’s “been hoarding quarters ever since.”

The Broadway beauty said she gets “joy -- and actually a high” by putting a quarter in a meter.

“I have a collection of jars of quarters in New York,” she said. “Last week, my best friend e-mailed and asked me, ‘What are you doing?’ I’m taking a picture of my jar of quarters … what’s wrong with me?”

“I don’t know,” a puzzled Ellen said, to which Chenoweth joked, “I need to seek help.”

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“It’s a safe addiction,” Ellen observed. “No one’s getting hurt. You like quarters and that’s fine. You get a high from putting a quarter in a meter.”

But wait, there’s more: Chenoweth admitted she not only hoards the quarters, but “cleans them with Purell.”

Said Ellen: “You clean the quarters with Purell ... I wish more people would do that with their money: Nobody would be getting sick, touching other people’s money.”

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Kristin stars on ABC’s GCB, which airs Sundays at 10/9c.

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