- The Washington Times - Friday, May 5, 2017

Ellen DeGeneres told “Today” show host Matt Lauer in an interview aired Friday that she has no desire to host President Trump on her daytime talk show because he goes against “everything” she stands for.

Speaking on the set of her own talk show, the openly gay comedian suggested to Mr. Lauer, without going into specifics, that Mr. Trump threatens people’s rights.

“He’s against everything that I stand for,” said Mrs. DeGeneres, who came out in a 1997 episode of the ABC sitcom “Ellen” and married actress Portia de Rossi 11 years later.

“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.

Mr. Lauer asked the comedian, who has hosted several political figures on her show, including former first lady Michelle Obama and former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, whether she would ever consider having Mr. Trump on her show, The Hill reported.

“Um, no,” she said to a round of applause. “Because I’m not going to change his mind.”

Mrs. DeGeneres said she doesn’t know Mr. Trump well, but the two met once in the beginning seasons of her show while he was still shooting his former NBC show, “The Celebrity Apprentice.”

“I flew in his helicopter and did a bit with him, so I knew him then. I have not spoken to him since he’s run for president or become president,” she said.

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