Ellen DeGeneres shared her experience of sexual assault as a teenager with fellow talk show host David Letterman.
DeGeneres is one of the most philanthropic celebrities in Hollywood and gives back immensely. She also supports minorities and is a progressive ally to everyone. She revealed she wanted to share her story to empower other women and survivors of sexual assault.
The comedian opened up about her heartbreaking story on Letterman's Emmy-nominated Netflix series. DeGeneres is known for spreading laughs and positivity on her daytime TV show. Her story proves that even the lightest of individuals have dark stories that affect them on a daily basis.
The season two trailer of My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman shows that Letterman has a slew of A-list interviewees.
In the trailer, DeGeneres says, "I think we covered a lot more than I ever intended on covering." The 61-year-old goes into detail about her experience as a way to empower other women and those who come forward.
"That’s the only reason I think it’s important to talk about it, because there’s so many young girls and it doesn’t matter how old you are. When I see people speaking out, especially now, it angers me when victims aren’t believed because we just don’t make stuff up." DeGeneres said in her interview.
"And I like men, but there are so many men that get away with so much."
Her courage in standing up for what she believes in and making people laugh along the way earned her the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016.
Three years ago DeGeneres was awarded the high honor by former President Barack Obama.
"Ellen DeGeneres has a way of making you laugh about something instead of at someone," Obama said.
He thanked her for coming out in such a public way to raise awareness and allow others to challenge their own assumptions about the LGBTQ community. Now she is telling another story in a public way to help sexual assault survivors.