This week is a tough week for all Americans following the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history over the weekend in Las Vegas. The shooter, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, murdered 59 people and wounded over 500 more before killing himself.
The always positive DeGeneres opened her show saying, “I am hoping we can fill this room with love, and prayers, and hope. That’s what I want right now.”
She told the audience:
“This show is airing on Tuesday, but we are taping on Monday, and we all woke up this morning to the news of the horrific shooting in Las Vegas. My heart is broken for everyone affected by what happened there. I mean, we were just in Las Vegas a few weeks ago, and when you think of Las Vegas, it’s a place to escape and have fun and you never imagine anything like this could ever happen.”
America has seen more than enough catastrophe in recent times, starting with the devastation in Texas caused by Hurricane Harvey. Despite all of the negativity in the air – mostly due to Trump – Ellen insisted that everyone stay positive and not lose hope.
“There’s so much going on in the world right now — people are recovering from hurricanes, the devastation in Puerto Rico and on top of all that, something like this happens,” Ellen said. “I don’t know about you, but I feel sad, I feel anxious, I feel helpless. And it’s very easy to lose hope, but we cannot do that. We cannot do that.”
She asked, “It is hard to do a show on a day like this. When I woke up today, I think, ‘How am I going to do a show?’”
“But it’s also days like this that I appreciate my job more than ever because I get to focus and shine a light on the people that do good in the world. If you need a reminder of all the people out there that we have shown you that do good, here are a few of the people who inspired me,” Ellen added.
Watch the clip below: