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This Nurse From Las Vegas Was On A Plane On Her Way To ‘The Ellen Show’ On The Same Night That The Mass Shooting Took Place

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“It sucks that it takes something like this for people to have the courage to go do something good for other people.”

Two weeks ago, Ellen DeGeneres took a trip to Las Vegas and stopped by a casino to surprise whoever was playing on the official “Ellen” slot machine. Ellen ran into Zully Hernandez, a Las Vegas resident, who was trying her luck on the slot machine.

After meeting Hernandez and falling in love with her personality, Ellen invited Hernandez to be an audience member at a taping of her show in California. After she arrived to California this past Sunday, Hernandez was awoken by a phone call from a friend that night. “They’re calling nurses to come in. There’s a code triage,” learned Hernandez as she was informed about the mass shooting that had taken place in Las Vegas. Unfortunately, Hernandez wouldn’t be able to help that night.

During the taping of her show, Ellen invited Hernandez onto the stage and asked her how people can help those who have been affected by the attack in Las Vegas. Hernandez said, “We need blood desperately.” Hernandez added, “It sucks that it takes something like this for people to have the courage to go do something good for other people.” She says she wishes people could help each other like this every day.

After Ellen asked about Hernandez’s family, she explained to Ellen that her son is attending college in Florida, while her husband is working a construction job in northern California. She said that other members of her family are living in Puerto Rico, including a cousin in Puerto Rico who hasn’t been able to receive the money they have sent to them. In response, Ellen reassured Hernandez, “We’ll make sure we know who your cousin is because Ricky Martin is there now and we sent someone with him and we’re taking care of a lot of things right now.”

Ellen then surprised her with two familiar faces: her son and her husband. Hernandez broke down in tears of joy as they made their way onto the stage and thanked Ellen for the huge and heartwarming surprise. Despite all of the horrific things that have occurred across the world in such a short period of time, Ellen reminds us that there is lots of good in this world.


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WATCH: Ellen DeGeneres And Cardi B Talk About Cardi B’s High School Days

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WATCH: Ellen DeGeneres And Cardi B Talk About Cardi B’s High School Days

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“I made my teachers cry when I left.”

Cardi B took a trip down memory lane in her recent appearance on “The Ellen Show” as she spoke to Ellen DeGeneres about her high school days. When asked about what type of student she was in school, Cardi B recalls being very disruptive. It wasn’t that she was a bad kid, she just couldn’t resist cracking jokes during class, she clarified. Although being the class clown might have sent the rapper to the principal’s office more than often, it was her bold personality that made her so likable and memorable.

“I made the teachers cry when I left [school]…But the smartest person, the teacher wasn’t crying for them,” Cardi B said.

It was this same vibrant personality that led her to her Instagram fame. Even before her VH1 appearance in “Love and Hip Hop,” she had already gained thousands of followers on Instagram because of the funny videos she would post onto her account.

“My personality took me places. Who would’ve known,” she said to DeGeneres. This same personality shined bright in her recent performance at Coachella, where Cardi B twerked on the stage from left to right – pregnant belly and all.

Even now that Cardi B has become a huge rapper with her debut album reaching certified gold, her personality remains exactly the same. And this is what fans love about her.

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I think it’s a given that no talk show will ever be boring if Cardi B is the guest being featured.


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This Immigrant Teacher Gets Emotional On ‘The Ellen Show’ After Finding Out What Surprise Was In Store For Her And Her Students

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This Immigrant Teacher Gets Emotional On ‘The Ellen Show’ After Finding Out What Surprise Was In Store For Her And Her Students

“I make sure that they value their culture as much as I do mine.”

Recently on “The Ellen Show,” Ellen DeGeneres surprised audience member Emily Francis by inviting her onto the stage during the show. DeGeneres introduced Francis to the audience as someone who came to the U.S. from Guatemala when she was 15 years old with only a 6th grade education. Francis now teaches English as a second language at Irvin Elementary School in Concord, North Carolina.

Francis told the audience about her journey to the U.S. as an immigrant prior to becoming an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher. When Francis was 13 years old, her mother immigrated to the U.S. leaving Francis behind in Guatemala to care for her four younger siblings. It wasn’t until Francis was 15 years old, in 1994, that her mother raised enough money to reunite with her children. Despite the obstacles Francis and her siblings faced as immigrants arriving to the U.S., her grandmother, who was a U.S. citizen, was able to help them.

Ever since then, Francis has worked towards becoming an English teacher. She makes it her goal not only to help children learn English, but to embrace and acknowledge every student’s culture.

After speaking to Francis, DeGeneres brought another guest onto the stage and that was Hamdi Ulukaya, CEO and Founder of “Chobani,” a popular Greek yogurt company.

Similar to Francis’ story, Ulukaya also immigrated to the U.S. in 1994 from a small village in Turkey where he grew up. Ulukaya admits that when we first moved to New York City, he was overwhelmed by the city. However, he took a risk and decided to buy a factory that was being sold for junk in 2005. “Everybody said I was crazy,” Ulukaya recalled.

With only five factory workers, Ulukaya and his employees began to produce the yogurt that his mother used to make. Now The Chobani Foundation has a total of 2,000 employees.

As a result of this success, The Chobani Foundation decided they wanted to support the elementary school Francis teaches at and surprised her with a check of $100,000. In the video above, you see that Francis was left in utter shock when they brought out the large check. She broke down in tears and thanked Ulukaya again and again.


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