Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres said Wednesday she will not ever have President Donald Trump as a guest because he is “dangerous.”
DeGeneres offered her opinion after NBC’s Megyn Kelly, who was a guest on DeGeneres’ program, said she would say yes to having Trump on her own upcoming show, despite the long-running feud between the two that was a subplot during the 2016 presidential election.
Kelly’s new show, Megyn Kelly Today, debuts Monday.
“Definitely,” Kelly said of having Trump as a guest. “I mean, I would not say no to the sitting president of the United States.”
DeGeneres scornfully replied that she would not allow Trump to appear on her program.
“I just, you know, 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 that I am going to say to him that’s going to change him and I don’t want to give him a platform because it just validates him,” she said.
“And for me to have someone on the show, I really, I have to at least admire them in some way and I can’t have someone that I feel is not only dangerous for the country and for me personally as a gay woman but to the world,” she said.
“He’s dividing all of us and I think I don’t want him on the show,” DeGeneres added as her studio audience applauded.
Although Kelly said she would have Trump on her show, that did not mean she has buried the hatchet with him.
Elsewhere in the interview she commiserated with the media covering Trump as president.
“I was on the receiving end of his attentions, shall we say, for a long time. And I think in a way I was a canary in the coal mine because now we see what he was doing to me he’s doing to all the media,” Kelly said.
“As much as we love to hate the media, I worry about them. It’s hard to be out there reporting on him fairly and get beaten up every day and every night. And it’s bad for the First Amendment, it’s bad for the country, even if you think the media is biased. For my own purposes, I feel happy to have removed myself from that life,” she added.
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