On Monday's at-home episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, she chatted with Mario Salerno, a Brooklyn landlord who told his 200 tenants they no longer owe rent for the month of April due to the pandemic, and gave him the surprise of a lifetime.
"I did that not only for humanity, but these tenants of mine are like my family and they were struggling," Salerno told the daytime host. "They were going through tough times. And to me, it wasn't part of the money because that's irrelevant to a human life and I had tenants come to me crying telling me they couldn't afford not even to put a meal on their table."
"So, I thought it over after the first and the second tenant came and I said, ‘Listen to me…' I think to myself it's easier for me to tell them I'm gonna waive the rent," he continued. "I want them to make sure they have food on their table, I want to make sure they can take care of their roommates and their neighbors."