NewsElmo Urges Fans to Reach Out to Friends After Viral Wellness Tweet

Elmo Urges Fans to Reach Out to Friends After Viral Wellness Tweet

Beloved​ “Sesame⁢ Street”⁢ character Elmo spread a message of empathy and ​encouraged people to check in ‌on⁤ their friends Thursday on NBC’s “TODAY” show ‌before comedian​ Larry David, who was also a guest, playfully interacted with the lovable red Muppet.

Elmo appeared Thursday on “TODAY” with his father, Louie, to ⁤emphasize ⁣the importance ‍of emotional wellness after his initially lighthearted “How is everybody doing?”⁢ tweet unexpectedly resulted in an online emotional outpouring.

At the end of the segment, David, ‍who⁣ appeared on the show ‍afterward, jokingly jostled ⁢Elmo.

Elmo responded, “Mr. ‍Larry, Elmo liked⁢ you before!” and added, “Sit down ⁢on the couch and let’s talk⁣ about how you’re feeling.”

David later apologized, saying: “Elmo, I just want ‌to apologize. …⁤ I’m really ⁣sorry.”

“It’s important to remember that we all have a lot of feelings, and that’s OK,” the furry red character‌ said earlier on the​ show. “It’s good to know what feeling you’re having, and ‍if you’re feeling sad or worried or confused, then you ⁤have⁢ to talk to someone that you love and trust, and ‌it’s good to⁤ talk about it.”

The⁤ character‍ said ‍he was ​feeling “really happy” and “glad” that⁣ he got to talk to so many people “and​ see how they’re doing” as his tweet clocked nearly⁢ 200 million views ‌and over 16,000 ⁣replies.

Elmo on TodayElmo on “Today” with his father, Louie, on Thursday.Nate​ Congleton ⁣/ TODAY

On Monday, Elmo’s X account asked a seemingly innocent question:⁢ “Elmo ‍is just checking in! How is everybody doing?”⁢ — and the tweet was met with a deluge of hilarious‌ (and⁤ exhausted) ⁣responses. “Elmo I’m suffering from existential dread over here,” a user replied. Another wrote: “Every morning,⁤ I cannot wait to go back to sleep. Every Monday, I ⁤cannot⁢ wait‌ for Friday to come.” Another wrote: “Elmo girl… I’m having a quarter life ​crisis right now… I’m ​mentally burnt out and ⁢I have⁤ a lifetime of working to go.”

Rapper T-Pain responded with a reference ‍to one of his‍ own ​lyrics,⁤ saying: “I’m ‍just looking for somebody to⁤ talk to and show me some love if you know what I mean.”

In a follow-up ⁤post, Elmo wrote: ‌“Wow! Elmo is glad he asked! Elmo learned that it ‍is important to ask a friend how​ they are doing. ⁢Elmo​ will check in again⁣ soon, friends! Elmo loves you ‌#EmotionalWellBeing.”

President‍ Joe Biden responded to that tweet, stressing: “Our friend Elmo is ‍right:⁤ We have⁣ to be there for each other⁣ … ”

Elmo’s father, Louie, said on the show: “Emotional well-being, that’s kind of the key. It’s as important ‌as your physical health.”

“Learning what feelings you have inside, how to ​name them and healthy ways to express them, that’s just part of living. Nowadays, you got to get it out,” he added.

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