Jon Bon Jovi and his eponymous band stops by “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Tuesday (April 23), where he addresses guitarist Richie Sambora‘s recent departure from the band’s tour.

Ellen: “So 30 years. That really is a long time for a band to stay together. Do you think about the formula? What makes it work?”

Jon: “We like each other … I think that was really the key.  We all had to have a lot of give and take. You had to love each other you had to go through some ups and downs but in the big picture you had to really like each other so you could go to work.”

Ellen: “Yeah, It begs the question Richie is not here … so I would like to give you an opportunity to address that.”

Jon: “Ok, Well, all I can say, honest to God, is that it’s a personal matter but we love him very much. He’s absolutely still a member of the band.”

Ellen: “He’s still your guitar player?”

Jon: “Absolutely.”

There is no word yet as to why Sambora left the tour. The band said in a statement that Sambora’s departure was due to “personal issues.”

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