Ellen DeGeneres Doesn't Want Trump to Appear on Her Show
President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were both frequent guests on the daytime program.
The Obamas were frequent guests on Ellen DeGeneres' eponymous daytime talk show, with former first lady Michelle Obama even making a memorable outing with DeGeneres to CVS in the waning days of her husband's presidency.
The first couple also danced, an Ellen tradition, during their appearances. But don't expect to see Donald Trump cutting a rug or sitting down for an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show anytime soon.
Speaking with Matt Lauer in an interview that aired on NBC's Today on Friday, DeGeneres said "no" when Lauer asked if she'd want to have Trump on her program.
When Lauer pressed her as to why she wouldn't want to sit down with the president of the United States, she said, "Because I'm not going to change his mind. He's against everything that I stand for. We need to look at someone else who looks different than us and believes in something that we don't believe in and still accept them and still let them have their rights."
Earlier, DeGeneres said that she doesn't know Trump well, explaining that when the president was the host of Celebrity Apprentice, she went out to New York to film a bit with him. But she hasn't talked to Trump since he ran for or became president, she said.
The comedian and Lauer also talked about how much longer she planned to do her talk show and reflected on what it was like for her when she came out as gay 20 years ago. The interview took place after Lauer made his appearance on DeGeneres' show, with her audience still watching the Today exchange.
The Obamas aren't the only politicians who appeared on Ellen, with Trump's Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton making multiple appearances on the show during her presidential campaign. Even Clinton's primary opponent, Bernie Sanders, stopped by DeGeneres' show.