The devastating events in Las Vegas Sunday night have left the world feeling hopeless, but both Ellen DeGeneres and James Corden used the opportunity to send messages of hope and unity to their audiences.
On her Tuesday show, DeGeneres opened by talking about the shooting, which took the lives of over 50 people at a music festival in Las Vegas.
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“My heart is broken for everyone affected by what happened there,” DeGeneres said. “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.”
DeGeneres continued: “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.”
The talk show host then played a long series of clips from past episodes featuring amazing people doing great work to help other people through charity and simple good deeds.
“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,” DeGeneres added. “I am going to try to give you a show – every single day, what we want to do is give you an escape from whatever is going on in your life, whatever is going on in the world and that is what we’re going to do today. Today is going to be a fun day.”
On Monday night’s episode of “The Late Show”, Corden also had a message about Las Vegas, offering both a message of hope, and also a call for gun control legislation in America.
“Last night was the biggest mass shooting in United States history. That’s a record that’s been set twice in just the two and a half years that I’ve been living in America,” Corden said. “Here’s another statistic: 11,660 people have died from gun violence in the last 275 days in this country. Now I come from a place where we don’t have shootings at this frequency, so it’s hard for me to fathom. But it should be hard for everyone to fathom. Gun violence should not be a staple of American life. Some say it’s too early to talk about gun control. For those victims last night, it’s far too late.”
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Corden went on to talk about the call in some circles to not use the tragedy to start a political conversation. “Maybe the time for thoughts and prayers of congress members and the president have passed,” he said. “We need to look to them to actually do something to prevent this from ever happening in the future. In the meantime, we mourn those who lost and we think of those who are suffering tonight.”