One of my most favorite human beings, Ellen DeGeneres, opened up about being sexually assaulted by her stepfather during her interview on “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman.”
The 61-year-old award-winning talk show host said her mother, Betty DeGeneres, married a “very bad man” before she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Ellen’s stepfather used her mother’s diagnosis and the fact that she had a double mastectomy to sexually assault her.
He told me when she was out of town that he’d felt a lump in her breast and needed to feel my breasts because he didn’t want to upset her, but he needed to feel mine.
I’m angry at myself because, you know, I didn’t — I was too weak to stand up to — I was 15 or 16.
It’s a really horrible, horrible story and the only reason I’m actually going to go into detail about it is because I want other girls to not ever let someone do that.
We [women] just don’t feel like we’re worthy, or we’re scared to have a voice, and we’re scared to say no.
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. And I like men, but there are so many men that get away with so much.
It is just time for us to have a voice. It’s time for us to have power.
This is why I love me some Ellen.
The new season of “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman” returns on May 31 and Dave sits down with Kanye West, Ellen Degeneres, Tiffany Haddish, Lewis Hamilton and Melinda Gates.
Watch the trailer below.
Will you be watching?