Ellen DeGeneres won’t have President Donald Trump as a guest on her hit daytime talk show.
“I’m not going to change his mind,” she told Matt Lauer during a pretaped interview on Friday’s “Today” show of her reasoning for not having Trump on her talk show. “He’s against everything that I stand for.”
DeGeneres acknowledged that she does know the president. In the past, he had appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” also known as “Ellen,” to promote his NBC reality show “The Apprentice” in its early seasons. But things have become icy between the two since the election.
“I knew him then,” DeGeneres said. “I have not spoken to him since he’s run for president or become president.”
A big supporter of LGBTQ rights and an out lesbian for more than two decades, DeGeneres likely disagrees with Trump’s recent executive order that revokes federal guidelines giving bathroom rights to transgender Americans.
She further explained what she believes Trump lacks as a leader.
“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,” she said.
Watch the “Today” interview below:
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