The Ellen DeGeneres Show has long been known as an uplifting hour of television.
But on Monday (Jan. 27,) the talk show just wasn’t the same. Host Ellen DeGeneres was still reeling from the tragic death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven other beautiful souls who were lost in a helicopter accident on Sunday (Jan. 26). The group was on their way to a youth basketball game when the helicopter crashed.
But the world needed some uplifting words.
And DeGeneres found a way to deliver them.
“Today is Monday,” DeGeneres began. “Yesterday was Sunday and it happened to be my birthday and the Grammy Awards. I was nominated. I didn’t win. Not the point. Yesterday was supposed to be a celebratory day and we got tragic news about Kobe Bryant and everything changed in a second.”
And then, she found a way to give the world a reminder about the fragility of life.
“That’s what I want to talk about,” she said as her tears began to fall. ——And we don’t know how many birthdays we have,” she continued. “We don’t have to have a birthday to celebrate. Just celebrate life. If you haven’t told someone you love them, do it now. Tell people you love them. Call your friends. Text your friends. Hug them. Kiss them. Be nice to people at the DMV, they are people be nice to them. I love each and every one of you.”
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So, what are you waiting for?
Go do it.