Ellen DeGeneres is combating tragedy by focusing on the positive.
The talk show host was devastated by the mass shooting that took place in Las Vegas on Sunday (1 October). But rather than give into that darkness, she shone a light on the goodness in the world.
DeGeneres filmed an eight-minute segment on Monday, just hours after a gunman opened fire on a crowd attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival, killing 59 people and injuring more than 500.
‘I am hoping we can air this room with love and prayers and hope,’ said DeGeneres.
The eight-minute segment was the opening for her show that aired on Tuesday. An emotionally shaken DeGeneres stated that her ‘heart is broken for everyone affected by what happened.’
She acknowledged that she feels ‘sad,’ ‘anxious’ and ‘helpless,’ and also admitted that it is ‘very easy to lose hope’ at times like this.
However, she said that people cannot give into despair because ‘there’s a lot more good in the world than there is bad and I continue to believe that.’
‘It’s hard to do a show on a day like this,’ DeGeneres said. ‘When I wake up [on a day like] 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 people that do good in the world.’
The host proceeded to focus on that good by showing a video compilation of some of the do-gooders who she has featured on her show in the past 15 years.
That video included bystanders who helped a motorcyclist trapped under a burning car, a waitress who paid for two firefighters’ meals, a teen who has developed an app to help people with disabilities, a school bus driver who got two dozen children off a burning bus, and several teachers and principals who go far beyond the call of duty to help their students.
DeGeneres concluded the segment saying, ‘The world is full of amazing people. Good will always win. Love will always win. We will continue to shine a light on those people on our show.’