Despite his sometimes-controversial rhetoric, most talk show hosts wouldn’t turn down an interview with the sitting President of the United States. But not all of them. Ellen Degeneres, who has one of the most famous and successful daytime talk shows of all time, told Megyn Kelly this week that she would not have President Trump on her show because he is “dangerous to gay people.”
Kelly, who famously feuded with Trump during the 2016 election season, has basically made amends with him since and said she would definitely have him on her show. When she turned the question on Degeneres, the host said this:
“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 is going to change him and I don’t want to give him a platform because it just validates him. 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 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 and I think I don’t want him on the show.”
Kelly seemed surprised but amused with Degeneres’ answer and the crowd wildly applauded. Degeneres didn’t explain what she meant by Trump being “dangerous to gay people,” but it should be noted that Trump is the first President ever elected to office while in support of LGBT rights like same-sex marriage. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton opposed same-sex marriage as leaders of the country, before they “changed their minds” a few years ago.