Ellen DeGeneres just said President Donald Trump is not welcome on her show — and the reason is very personal.
As she sat down with former Fox News host Megyn Kelly, who was promoting her own upcoming show "Today With Megyn Kelly," DeGeneres asked Kelly if she would ever have Trump as a guest.
“I would not say no to the sitting president of the United States,” Kelly said. “Would you?”
“Yeah,” the comedian and talk show host replied immediately, receiving applause from the audience. “I would not have him on my show.”
"He is who he is, and he has enough attention. And he has his Twitter account and he has ways to get his message across. There’s nothing I’m going to say to him that’s going to change him, and I don’t want to give him a platform because it validates him. And for me to have someone on the show, I have to at least admire them in some way. And I can’t have someone who I feel is not only dangerous for the country and for me personally, as a gay woman, but to the world. He’s dividing all of us. … I don’t want him on the show.”
DeGeneres, who is credited for paving the way for the LGBTQ community on television after coming out in front of a live audience nearly 20 years ago, also spoke out against Trump in July following his divisive ban on transgender military personnel.
We should be grateful to the people who wish to serve, not turn our backs on them. Banning transgender people is hurtful, baseless and wrong— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) July 26, 2017
In addition to Obama, DeGeneres also hosted former President George W. Bush, and presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and John McCain on her show.