Following Tuesday’s U.S. presidential election, in which Donald Trump scored an unexpected victory, Ellen DeGeneres is calling for Americans to use their differences to make each other stronger.
The talk show host kicked off Wednesday’s episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” with lighthearted humour, joking about the fact that the show was being pre-recorded ahead of the election results. “I don’t want to know the results. Don’t tell me,” she told the audience at the Tuesday afternoon taping. “Don’t spoil it. It’s on my DVR.”
But the comedian quickly got serious, giving her take on the contentious election season.
“People have been very passionate about this race,” she said. “And I think it’s because we all love our country, we just have different ideas about what’s best for it. Which is part of what makes America great. And I believe we can all come together because if you take away the labels, you realize we’re far more alike than we are different.”
DeGeneres concluded her monologue with a plea for viewers to “have the kindness and respect for one another”, with one exception: “the people that leave the shopping carts in the middle of your parking spot. Out of the country. Kick them out of the country. Bring the shopping cart back!”