Ellen DeGeneres showed up to tape her daily talk show with a heavy heart on Monday (17 December) in the aftermath of the massacre at an elementary school Newtown, Connecticut, that left 20 children and six adults dead.
‘We’re going to do the show and it’s going to be a struggle because my heart is broken for those families and for all the people of Newtown,’ a subdued DeGeneres said during the show’s opening. ‘We’re holding you in our hearts and today’s show is dedicated to you.’
Before she mentioned Newtown, DeGeneres reiterated that each day she comes out to do the show, her aim is to entertain and to make her audience ‘feel good for an hour.’
‘I want it to be a safe zone, I want it to be light and filled with joy,’ she said. ‘I want you to know that you can watch with your family and it won’t be mean or sad. I want it to be uplifting and to celebrate all that’s good in life.’
But even DeGeneres was finding that to be a challenge on this day. Below is video of her remarks.