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Ellen Degeneres Returns to Her Show, Provides Much Needs Words of Encouragement

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By Zachary Holt

Ellen DeGeneres has finally returned to her daytime talk show after weeks of the host showcasing her utter boredom while self-quarantining at her home with her partner, Portia. During those 'rough weeks', DeGeneres reached out to a number of celebrities just to 'chat' on the phone, including Jennifer Aniston, Justin Timberlake, among a handful of other A-listers. While the comedian is still at home and filming her show amid the coronavirus pandemic, she's offering some much-needed words of encouragement to her viewers as the number of people affected by the COVID-19 outbreak continues to increase across the globe.

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"I wanted to start doing my new show as soon as possible, because it's really for people who are stuck at home, especially my staff and crew," the 62-year-old host began as she addressed her viewers for the first time in several weeks. "I love them. I miss them, and the best thing I can do to support them is keep the show on the air."

DeGeneres jokes that she was filming the talk show from her living room "because it has the best light and sound and because all the rooms in my house are filled with toilet paper."

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DeGeneres went on to explain the purpose of her show hasn't changed since the format switched to her living room. In fact, she revealed that the need for her show has grown with people all over the world maintaining that the future is full of uncertainty as we navigate through the pandemic.

"I've always wanted to have this show as a distraction, as a break from whatever's going on out there that may be unpleasant," she explained on the program. "So, if you're feeling down, I want to lift you up. If you're feeling trapped, I want to set you free. If you feel like you're going in the wrong direction, I want you to back that thing up."

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Although the words of encouragement that came from DeGeneres were solemn, it didn't stop the comedian from having a little bit of fun along the way. "I want to spread light where there's shade. I want to bring a glow where it's gloomy. I want to stick a candle where the sun doesn't shine," she said in a joking manner to bring light to the present.

The daytime talk show host also made sure to give her thanks to those healthcare workers on the front line who are battling the pandemic and risking their lives the betterment of others.

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"Usually I walk out and people applaud me, but today I'm applauding you -- nurses, doctors, hospital staff, first responders, supermarket employees, truck drivers, everyone who keeps us going, thank you so much," DeGeneres said.

Many other talk show hosts have had to resort to filming their programs from home including Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Wendy Williams, James Corden, and John Oliver. Of course, all have been strident in offering words of encouragement during this difficult time and sending thanks to the brave healthcare workers entrenched in the battle.

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