Ellen DeGeneres shares a heart-to-heart with her audience on Thursday, addressing the catastrophic damage in her Montecito, CA neighborhood caused first by the largest wildfire in state history, and now mudslides and flash flooding.
The show will check-in with Ellen’s Montecito neighbor, Oprah Winfrey, who will update conditions. “We’re going to do what we do,” Winfrey says. “We’re going to come together and we’re going to do what great Americans do all the time. We’re going to help each other. We’re going to help each other out wherever needed.
Ellen herself reflects on the show regarding what’s going on in her life and with her home. “This room is always so full of positivity and love and today I really need it. So many times over the past 15 years, people have come up to me and say to me that when they’re going through a tough time, this show helps them through it. Today, I need you because there’s a lot going on in my life right now.”
After the fire evacuations, Ellen related that she only returned to her house in Montecito on December 27. “I got back over the holidays and I just drove around. I love that community so much. There were just signs everywhere that said thank you and grateful just everywhere saying thank you to the firefighters and first responders. And it made me so proud to live there. I just love this place.”
That good feeling lasted until last Sunday night, when disaster struck again. “Sunday night, Portia (her wife, Portia de Rossi) and I got a call that we’re under mandatory evacuation again with most of the community of Montecito. So again, we evacuated because they feared mudslides. After everything we’ve been through, I think a lot of people thought they were just being overly cautious. But exactly what they feared happened. The rain triggered massive mudslides. Massive.”
Ellen concluded with a grim assessment. “I work in LA, but I consider Montecito my home. I live there, Oprah lives there. It’s not just a wealthy community, it’s filled with a lot of different types of people from all backgrounds. And there are families missing, there are people who are missing family members. They’re finding people and bodies and I mean, you hear the word mudslide and you have no idea the impact that it has, but after the largest fire in California history, it’s catastrophic. It is beyond recognizable.