As a kid I was a fan of the “Ellen” sitcom, and was heartbroken when it was cancelled. I’ve read the books she’s authored, spent hours cracking up with my college friends watching her standup, believed she was the true star of Finding Nemo, and celebrated when she became the host of her own talk show 10 years ago. There is so much to love about Ellen Degeneres—she’s hilarious, giving, kind, energetic and most importantly a true positive force in our society.
I’ve been watching this current season more regularly than I have in the past, and have been truly heart warmed by Ellen’s focus on acknowledging regular citizens for their heroic acts or deservedness. She opens her stage to celebrities, of course, but also to hikers who worked to save a dog they found stranded, a couple living happily and optimistically despite their need to rent an unfurnished apartment after a home foreclosure, the former Boy Scout advocating for equality within the scouting organization. She throws her support and friendship behind all of these people, making her show not just one of entertainment but as a venue to spread kindness, tolerance and encouragement. I’ve thought a lot this week after watching her show that the world is truly a better place because Ellen Degeneres is in it, and I am so thankful she is.