Oprah Winfrey made an emotional statement about the Las Vegas mass shooting at Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on Sunday, the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
“I feel the soul of the nation. I feel the ache 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,” Winfrey said to Ellen DeGeneres on Wednesday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Getting emotional, Winfrey added, “I think this is a time for all of us to appreciate the ordinary. I still think about—not just on the anniversary of 9/11—I still think about sometimes at the oddest times: when I’m putting on my shoes, when I’m taking a shower, when I’m going to pick up a robe, I think all those people that morning did the same thing. It was such an ordinary day. I think about everybody who went to that concert the other night, it was just an ordinary day and how excited everybody was to be out in the open air and be at that concert. And then they didn’t come home.”
Winfrey praised DeGeneres for her show and said, “So it helps us too. This is a reminder to all of us to appreciate the ordinariness of our days because that’s what makes life extraordinary.”
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In the wake of the Las Vegas attack, DeGeneres used her show to promote hope and inspiration. “I don’t know about you, but I feel sad, I feel anxious, I feel helpless. It’s very easy to lose hope, but we cannot do that. I always say that there’s a lot more good in the world than there is bad, and I continue to believe that. And that is what we have to focus on.”