TODAY’S Matt Lauer and talk show darling, Ellen DeGeneres, had a televised heart to heart that included a question about Ellen having President Trump on her popular show. And yes, there was also the next segment in their ongoing prank war. Matt was a guest on Ellen’s talk show, but after the taping was done and with the studio audience staying in place, Matt turned the tables and asked Ellen some deep questions.
One of those questions included how she feels about Donald Trump and would she have him as a guest on her show. The Emmy-winning talk show host and comedian didn’t hold back. After just a moment’s hesitation, she said that she would not want him to come on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”
Matt seemed surprised when he asked, “Why?” Ellen said, “Because I’m not gonna change his mind,” she said. “He’s against everything that I stand for.” Ellen came out as gay 20 years ago and is active in many social causes that some believe Trump is making decisions against. She said, “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.”
Years ago, in the 1st or 2nd season of her long-running talk show, she did a “bit” with Trump when he was the host of “The Celebrity Apprentice.” She said, “We went out there, and we filmed something with him. I flew in his helicopter and did a bit with him. And so I knew him then.” But, she added, “I have not spoken to him since he’s run for president, or become president.”
Matt also talked about his relationship with President Trump. Ellen asked him how he felt about the so-called “war on the media.” “I think it’s something that he goes out and he says in front of a crowd of supporters, and it gets a great reaction,” said Matt. “He doesn’t hate the media. As a matter of fact, he’s someone who has loved the media more than most people.”
Ellen replied, “I think he hates the media that’s going to attack him.”
“You can’t have it both ways,” said Matt. “You can’t just have a media that you only want to say the things you want it to say. I think it’s going to die down, I really do.”
Do you think Ellen is right in saying that she wouldn’t have the president as a guest on her show?