Just hours after teaming up with Global Citizen and the World Health Organization (WHO) to launch the global One World: Together At Home broadcast on Monday, Lady Gaga appeared on all three major late-night talk shows in the US to discuss her involvement in the campaign to raise funds for COVID-19 relief efforts.
Gaga appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and Jimmy Kimmel Live! to share more about the campaign, and why it's so important to her to support global COVID-19 relief efforts.
The One World: Together At Homecross-platform global special will be broadcast around the world from April 18 — featuring appearances from some of the world’s leading artists, and celebrating and supporting the incredible frontline health care workers working to combat the coronavirus.
As well as driving combined action to support the WHO’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and local organizations, the broadcast will highlight stories from the world’s health care workers, as well as sharing messages of gratitude and appreciation from those they’ve treated.
Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, adored by millions as pop superstar Lady Gaga, revealed to Kimmel that she hadn’t left her house in a month — having started her self-quarantine before it became mandatory.
She shared with Kimmel that she’s spent that time working with Global Citizen to rally corporations and philanthropists over the phone to join the One World: Together At Home campaign to stop the spread of COVID-19, support the WHO, protect vulnerable communities, and more — including one conference call with 68 senior executives.
Lady Gaga also spoke at the WHO’s press conference on Monday, joined by Global Citizen CEO Hugh Evans, to announce the launch of the One World: Together At Home global special.
The funding raised by the campaign will support local organizations working around the world, as well as the WHO’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund: a “first-of-its-kind” fund that will help support the WHO’s work fighting the virus around the world, including investment for countries with weaker health systems, and vital equipment and protective supplies for health workers.
“What they do is, number one, they get equipment and treatment to all sorts of medical health care workers,” Gaga told Fallon. “Number two: they’re very focused on getting tests, and that includes home tests as well as send-in tests.”
“Three: they focus on vaccines,” she said. ”So there’s 10 major biotech companies that are working right now on these vaccines and they want to donate across the board because if they trial them all at the same time, if one hits, we get it faster.”
“The fourth thing that they do is they have very up-to-date, credible information on COVID-19 from the best scientists and doctors in the world,” Gaga added.
⭕️ We’re excited to announce One World: #TogetherAtHome, a global broadcast on April 18, curated in collaboration with @LadyGaga and featuring your favorite artists and comedians — all in support of the @WHO and healthcare workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis. (1/7) pic.twitter.com/ZspKXtmd2V— Global Citizen (@GlblCtzn) April 6, 2020
While talking to Fallon, Gaga outlined her vision for One World: Together At Home — which she is helping curate — and after spending her 34th birthday making calls to corporations and philanthropists around the world, she shared some of the businesspeople who had responded to her call to action. She's already helped pull in $35 million in support of COVID-19 response efforts globally, through corporate and philanthropic donations.
“I want to highlight this global, kind community that’s coming together right now,” Gaga said. “It’s this valiant effort that we’re all witnessing in the medical community... take a second to marvel at the bravery.”
“I also want to highlight that this isn’t just a historical moment, but there’s a cultural moment that’s occurring as well — and it’s a kind one,” she added. “The third thing on my list for this special is celebrate the courage of the human spirit.”
Gaga hailed the financial pledges of Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins and paid tribute to the contribution of outgoing IBM CEO Ginni Rometty. “We’re very grateful for the generosity,” Gaga told Fallon.
Gaga and Fallon then called up Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, live on air — and got him to confirm a donation of $10 million to the Solidarity Fund. Gaga thanked him for helping so many people, telling him that she’s going to call her next single “Tim Cook.”
Moreover, Gaga revealed to Colbert that Verizon had made a significant pledge, too — and then on Kimmel’s show, she championed the incredible work of Laurene Powell Jobs. The businesswoman launched America’s Food Fund on Thursday with Leonardo DiCaprio to help raise funding for World Central Kitchen and Feeding America to deliver meals across the US.
Oprah Winfrey was among the high-profile donors, as the television legend announced a $1 million contribution on Thursday.
“The good news is that this show is not going to be a fundraiser — we have raised the money ahead of time and we're going to continue fundraising before the show,” Gaga told Colbert. “So when you guys introduce the whole special, you can tell everyone to put your wallets away, put your money away because we don't need it — we raised the money already!”
Fallon, Kimmel, and Colbert will co-host One World: Together At Home — “it’s gonna be like one person with three heads”, Gaga told Colbert — in a historic show of unity across their three networks.
“At these times, we have to come together and work together,” Fallon said.
The special will be broadcast live on Saturday, April 18, at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on ABC, NBC, ViacomCBS Networks, and iHeartMedia, as well as Bell Media networks and platforms in Canada. Internationally, BBC One will run the program on Sunday, April 19, with additional international broadcasters including beIN Media Group, MultiChoice Group, and RTE.
One World: Together At Home will also be a multi-hour digital broadcast streaming online on multiple global platforms, including Alibaba, Amazon Prime Video, Apple, Facebook, Instagram, LiveXLive, Tencent, Tencent Music Entertainment Group, TIDAL, TuneIn, Twitch, Twitter, Yahoo, and YouTube.
Curated in collaboration with Lady Gaga, the global special will feature appearances and musical performances from Alanis Morissette, Andrea Bocelli, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Burna Boy, Chris Martin, David Beckham, Eddie Vedder, Elton John, FINNEAS, Idris and Sabrina Elba, J Balvin, John Legend, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Kerry Washington, Lang Lang, Lizzo, Maluma, Paul McCartney, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Shah Rukh Khan, and Stevie Wonder.
You can join the global efforts against coronavirus by taking meaningful action through our One World: Together At Home campaign — including actions like calling on G20 leaders to support the effort to develop a vaccine; calling on EU leaders to protect refugees in Europe; spreading the word about the WHO's COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund; and more.
You can learn more about the One World: Together At Home broadcast and campaign, and how you can take action to support the campaign, here. You can find all of Global Citizen's COVID-19 coverage here.