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Ellen DeGeneres Offers Hope in Aftermath of Las Vegas Tragedy

Ellen DeGeneres

A visibly shaken DeGeneres chose to shine a light on the good in the world after the Vegas shooting.

Responding to the tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas in which 59 people lost their lives earlier this week, Ellen DeGeneres dedicated part of her show to focus on the good she sees in the world.

"My heart is broken for everyone affected by what happened there," Ellen said of the shooting in a segment that aired Tuesday. "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 that, something like this happens. I don't know about you, but I feel sad, I feel anxious, I feel hopeless. And it's very easy to lose hope, but we cannot do that."

Last week, in the face of the hurricane devastation in Puerto Rico, DeGeneres featured a segment with Ricky Martin, who is from Puerto Rico, to ask for help with getting food and other supplies to the people there.

After the Vegas shooting, DeGeneres emphasized that we cannot give up hope no matter how grave things may appear to be. "I always say there's a lot more good in the world than there is bad, and I continue to believe that. And that is what we have to focus on," DeGeneres said. "I see it everywhere. Look at Las Vegas and people were helping each other. People lined up at 4:30 in the morning just to donate blood."

DeGeneres also offered up thanks for her job, saying, "I get to focus and shine a light on people that do good in the world."

To emphasize the good in the world, she ran a montage of segments from her show in which she's featured good Samaritans and people who have "paid it forward," she said.

"Here are just a few of the people that have inspired me," DeGeneres said before introducing her hopeful, heartfelt montage.

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Tracy E. Gilchrist

Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.
Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.