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Oprah Winfrey is the latest public figure to use her platform to discuss the mass shooting that took place in Las Vegas on Sunday.
While visiting The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday, the media mogul contributor said, “I feel the soul of the nation. I feel the ache that we all feel. As the names are coming out and you get to see who they are by name, I speak their names out loud in thoughtful prayer.”
“I think this is a time for all of us to first of all appreciate the ordinary,” Winfrey told DeGeneres. She then reflected on how the 9/11 terrorist attacks still affect her at the “oddest” times during her daily activities and routines. “I think, ‘All those people that morning did the same thing, and it was such an ordinary day.’ And I think about everybody who went to that concert the other night — it was just an ordinary day. And [I think about] how excited everybody was to be out in the open air and be at that concert, and then they didn’t come home,” she said. Winfrey then tried to find the silver lining in what we can learn from the tragedy. “It helps us. This is a reminder to all of us to appreciate the ordinariness of our days, because that’s what makes life extraordinary.”
The media mogul admitted that being on the show was the best she has felt in recent days. After acknowledging that she hosted her own talk show for 25 years, Winfrey thanked DeGeneres for lifting her audience members’ spirits in such a hard time. “You make everybody feel better, and this show makes everybody feel better,” Winfrey said.
Winfrey even recalled a phone conversation with a distressed friend that took place a few days prior to the interview. Her advice was, “Turn off the news! Turn on Ellen! You’ll feel better! Turn off the news! Turn on Ellen! You will feel better!”
The interview also included a prerecorded video in which DeGeneres takes Winfrey grocery shopping. At the beginning of the clip, Winfrey admitted that she hadn’t set foot in a grocery store since Thanksgiving of last year.
To stay eco-friendly, DeGeneres came prepared with large Louis Vuitton “grocery bags.” The duo first hit the produce section to shop for fruits and vegetables. DeGeneres asked Winfrey to hold two melons against her chest, and she took a picture. Winfrey then touched a handful of peaches to find the perfect degree of softness and DeGeneres announced to the shoppers, “Whoever wants a peach, Oprah’s touched them!”
Once the women were done causing mayhem in the produce section, DeGeneres took over the loudspeaker to ask for some help. “I need the dandruff shampoo for Oprah,” she announced. “If someone can tell me where the dandruff shampoo for Oprah is, and the Odor-Eaters. What else did you want? Odor-Eaters, dandruff shampoo and ointment.”
As Winfrey and DeGeneres tried to shop in the midst of fans taking pictures, the two chose items from Winfrey’s food line O, That’s Good! and handed out samples to fans. The two even offered to pay for a fan’s ingredients for Taco Tuesday in exchange for them going home with her to help cook the meal.
When checking out, DeGeneres asked, “Is it okay if Oprah pays in bars of gold?” When the request was denied, DeGeneres handed the cashier a stack of coupons she’s been saving.
Watch the full clip below.
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