‘This is weird’: Kristen Bell hosts star-studded Nickelodeon coronavirus special for kids

Monday night’s “#KidsTogether: The Nickelodeon Town Hall” brought many celebrities together – by way of videos and video chats, of course. 

The hour-long special hosted by Kristen Bell answered young people’s questions about the coronavirus pandemic, shared how kids were making an impact during the health crisis and helped separate fact from fiction. It even attempted to calm fears of a toilet paper shortage. Thankfully, Tara M. Sinclair, associate professor of economics and international affairs at The George Washington University, predicted “our bums are going to be OK.”  

“The good news is that there’s lots of toilet paper in the warehouses, and it’s really a pretty easy product to make,” she assured viewers. Phew!

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Several celebrities also revealed how they were spending their days in quarantine.

“Stranger Things” actress Millie Bobby Brown and her sister Ava were working on memorizing a map of the U.S. “Black-ish” star Anthony Anderson constructed garden boxes. 

Ciara said she, her quarterback husband Russell Wilson and their kids are “finding ways to be creative with our schedules.”

The “Like a Boy” artist said they’ve been staying active while being indoors.

“We just turned the house into a soccer field,” she said. “It’s been a lot of fun.”

Kevin Hart is also enjoying quality time with his expanding brood. “I’m gonna be honest with you, I’ve been just spending time with my wife and my kids,” he said. “Getting to know my family more, loving them as much as I possibly can. Finding ways to just improve, to be better.” 

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Ellen DeGeneres understands the challenges people are facing. “This is a hard time, I get it,” she acknowledged. “I’m stressed, but I’m also exercising every day. I’m taking walks. I’m playing Frisbee with my dog.”

“Hang in there,” the comedian added. “We’re all gonna be OK.”

Josh Gad is also getting in face time with his family and pet. “My kids and I are going on a lot of walks,” he said. “My dog has never been happier in her life.” 

Singer Charlie Puth revealed he’s attempting to learn the guitar and suggested people pass the time with a new hobby, while tennis legend Serena Williams highlighted her garden. Singer Meghan Trainor showed off her fort-building skills and said she was spending her time writing songs and working on arts and crafts.

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Musician Alicia Keys performed her song “Underdog” during the special.

“Music is so powerful. It brings us together,” the author said while playing a purple piano. “Sometimes challenges do the same thing. They show us who we are, what we’re made of. And there’s nothing we can’t get through when we do it together. So, I want to dedicate this song to us, for defying the odds.” 

Bell also showed off her talents, joining an a cappella performance of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and learning the #DistanceDance from TikTok personality Charli D’Amelio.

Bell closed the program by acknowledging this unprecedented time.

“This is weird,” she said. “We’ve never experienced anything like this, not in your lifetime, not in mine, not even in my mom’s.” 

“Yes, the world has hit a reset button, but resetting isn’t all bad.” she added. “We’re being forced to look at the world and our friends and our family with more love and more gratitude. I think I needed a little reset on that. I think maybe we all did.” 

Bell and her husband, actor Dax Shepard, have tried to help those struggling during the pandemic. The pair decided they would not collect rent from their tenants for April and donated $150,007.96 to No Kid Hungry. Bell said on Instagram that the $7.96 came from the couple’s two children: Lincoln, 7, and Delta, 5.  

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