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The host began the episode by paying tribute to the victims of the mass shooting in Thousand Oaks, Calif. “It has been a very difficult week here in California. There was a mass shooting in Thousand Oaks last week, where 12 innocent people lost their lives,” began DeGeneres. “I just wanted to send my love to everyone in the community. My family lives there. It’s horrible and so to the friends and family of those people, we all send love.”
DeGeneres then shifted gears to the wildfires taking over Northern and Southern California. “Just to give you a little insight — I think everyone’s seeing it on the news — but the Northern California fire is the most destructive fire in California history. It’s burned — at this time that I’m speaking — 110,000 acres and it’s only 25 percent contained. Over 6,000 homes have been destroyed,” she said.
“Then there’s the Woolsey fire in Malibu. It’s only 20 percent contained and has burned more than 90,000 acres. Hundreds of homes have been lost and the number just keeps rising,” she continued.
“I just want to point out that a lot of the homes that are making the headlines are the big celebrity mansions, but thousands of people from all different backgrounds have been affected by these fires. An entire town of Northern California was wiped out,” she said.
The host added that an executive producer on the talk show had to evacuate his home along with his wife and pets. “He’s been wearing the same thing since Friday, so we helped him out. We gave him something from wardrobe,” she explained, before showing the employee wearing an elaborate costume that included a red crown.
DeGeneres then shared that wife Portia de Rossi’s brother works with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department search and rescue team. “I posted this picture of him on Instagram over the weekend. I think that’s him. I don’t know. It could be anybody, but he says it’s him,” she said as the photo appeared behind her. “I want to show you some more photos of brave firefighters because they are amazing people, these firefighters. There will never be enough words.” The audience applauded as a number of photos of the firefighters appeared onscreen.
“There are not enough words to tell the firefighters how grateful we all are for them. Literally, they just run toward danger. They save thousands and thousands of people. They save animals and houses from burning, so thank you, thank you, thank you,” she said.
“And I know sometimes a ‘thank you’ isn’t enough, so I made a call to my friends at Walmart and they immediately wanted to step in and help,” she said. “They’re committed to supporting communities whenever disasters hit.” She then announced that the company has donated $100,000 to the firefighters.
“At a time like this we all need to help each other,” DeGeneres said. She shared the quote, “You were born with the ability to change someone’s life. Don’t ever waste it.” DeGeneres joked, “I don’t know if that was from the Bible or Kathie Lee’s Instagram, but it was something that I remember.”
She concluded the topic by encouraging people to not “ask for what you can do to help. Just help. Everyone needs everything right now. Clothing, food, donate your time, your energy, your money.” She then said that the show’s website shares resources for ways to help those affected by the fires.
Watch the full clip below.
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