Judging by his tweets, talk of ratings and his pre-political career, President Donald Trump likes TV.
But how do TV’s most famous faces feels about him? For many talk show hosts, the response isn’t very friendly. From the ones who have flat-out said they don’t want Trump on their show to the ones who think he’s too much of a “coward” to do so, here is what five hosts have said about Trump so far.
1. Ellen DeGeneres
DeGeneres hasn’t gone on as many anti-Trump-filled tirades as some of her late night counterparts, but she’s taken a firm stance against against the president. During an appearance on the Today show in honor of the 20th anniversary of her iconic coming out episode of her sitcom, Ellen, Matt Lauer asked her if she’d want Trump to come on the show. Her answer? An assured and direct “No.” “I’m not going to change his mind,” she said. “He’s against everything that I stand for.”
2. Chelsea Handler
She may be now hosting a show on Netflix, Chelsea, but don’t expect Handler to invite Trump — or his wife, Melania — on for an interview. When asked by Variety if she’d have him on her show, she gave a decisive “no.” And for the same question about the First Lady, she said: “Melania? To talk about what? She can barely speak English.” Handler continued: “I don’t respect either one of those people.”
3. Seth Meyers
Before Donald Trump won the election, and even before he officially became the Republican nominee, Meyers had already made his opinion on him clear: Not a fan — and not a future interviewee, either. After Trump banned The Washington Post from his campaign events in June 2016, following a headline about the Orlando shootings that seemed to suggest Trump correlated former President Barack Obama with the shootings, Meyers banned Trump from his show.
“As for The Washington Post, we here at Late Night believe in freedom of the press and therefore have decided to stand in solidarity with them,” Meyers said. “So as long as the The Washington Post is banned from Donald Trump’s campaign, Donald Trump will be banned from ever coming on this show. You missed out, buddy. … We could have driven around together while you yelled out the window at immigrants in Carpool Scary-oke.”
Meyers then went on to say, “Although to be fair, he wasn’t coming on anyway, let’s be honest: He had no interest in being here.”
Now, months into his presidency, Trump still hasn’t been on the show.
4. Stephen Colbert
Will you ever see Trump on the Late Show? Probably not, Colbert says — but it’s not because he’s banning him from the Ed Sullivan Theater. In fact, he’d like him to come, Colbert revealed during an interview with Bill Carter on SiriusXM. Colbert called him a “coward” and a “chicken” for not returning as a guest to the Late Show. He then joked that Trump has a thin skin, saying: “He’s got a great sense of humor about himself. I’m sure he won’t mind.”
5. James Corden
Though Corden has yet to ban Trump nor invite him on The Late Late Show, he certainly hasn’t kept quiet about the policies Trump’s administration has introduced. After Trump’s controversial travel ban took effect in February, Corden left Los Angeles, pre-taping his week of shows. He did so to make a statement on the ban, with a video that showed Corden making a routine trip through the airport.
At the end of the video, a message appeared on screen: “Today, James flew out of Los Angeles,” the message read. “So all of our shows this week have been pre-taped. Freedom of movement should be this easy for all legal immigrants. Not just the white and Christian ones.”
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