Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres said on May 5 that she does not want President Donald Trump on her TV program (video below).
DeGeneres was interviewed by "Today" show host Matt Lauer in her studio after she interviewed him for "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."
Lauer asked DeGeneres if she would interview Trump, to which she replied: "Umm, no."
There were laughs from the studio audience, and Lauer followed up: "Why wouldn’t someone like you like to sit down opposite the president of the United States?"
"Because I’m not going to change his mind," DeGeneres explained. "He’s against everything that I stand for. We need to look at someone else who looks different from us and believes in something that we don’t believe in and still accept them and let them have their rights."
DeGeneres also recalled her experiences when she came out as gay in 1997 on her then-sitcom.
"I look back on it now, and I think I wish I would have done it sooner, I wish I hadn’t waited so long, but it was what it was," DeGeneres said.
"I got letters of people who were going to take their lives, and did not because of what I did," she added. "I got letters from people who said they could have a conversation with their parents, or their parents called them and recognized that their children had been hiding and so, I got a lot of letters, and, yes, I have those."
The comic recalled getting "death threats," which she referred to as "a negative."
"The biggest thing was I lost my career," DeGeneres told Lauer. "For three years I couldn't work. I was not offered one thing, and I was running out of money and I didn’t know if I was going to work again. I was 45 years old, and I was like, 'This doesn't look good.'"
DeGeneres said the experience "taught me compassion and that I was strong enough to start all over again, and it was the greatest thing to ever happen to me."
While Trump won't be appearing on DeGeneres' show, PGA of America CEO Peter Bevacqua told CNN Money on May 5 that Trump is good for golf.
"President Obama was good for the game," Bevacqua said. "I think President Clinton was good for the game. I think President Trump, again, being a proponent of the game, understanding the power of the game, is good."
Bevacqua also defended holding two future PGA tournaments on Trump's courses:
We go do venues that we think, and know, can conduct major championships on golf courses that have very demonstrably open membership policies...
We've always kind of put our head down and said, "Hey, this is why we're going to these championship sites, and we're not going to become part of presidential politics or any politics for that matter because that's not the role of our organization."