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Read President Obama's Touching Speech for Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres got very emotional while receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama, and now, the text of his speech has been made available.

“It’s easy to forget now, when we’ve come so far, where now marriage is equal under the law—just how much courage was required for Ellen to come out on the most public of stages almost 20 years ago. Just how important it was not just to the LGBT community, but for all of us to see somebody so full of kindness and light, somebody we liked so much, somebody who could be our neighbor or our colleague or our sister challenge our own assumptions, remind us that we have more in common than we realize, push our country in the direction of justice,” President Obama said.

“What an incredible burden that was to bear. To risk your career like that. People don’t do that very often. And then to have the hopes of millions on your shoulders. But it’s like Ellen says: We all want a tortilla chip that can support the weight of guacamole. Which really makes no sense to me, but I thought would brighten the mood, because I was getting kind of choked up. And she did pay a price—we don’t remember this. I hadn’t remembered it,” President Obama said. “She did, for a pretty long stretch of time—even in Hollywood. And yet, today, every day, in every way, Ellen counters what too often divides us with the countless things that bind us together—inspires us to be better, one joke, one dance at a time.”

The Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian honor available to Americans. 20 additional celebs were honored at the ceremony. Congrats again to Ellen!

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VIDEO: Leah Remini Reveals Why She's Fighting Back Against Scientology

Leah Remini joins Ellen DeGeneres for a discussion about leaving the Church of Scientology in a new interview on The Ellen Show.

“The Church does have all your secrets from when you were a child, but that isn’t the reason why people don’t leave the Church. People don’t leave the Church because they actually believe what they’re doing is good. It’s very hard for me to attack something that I believed in, and I believed in it wholeheartedly my whole life. It’s a difficult position to be in,” Leah explained.

“They claim that they have the technology to get you to the highest enlightenment of that spiritual side of you and to be the best part of you,” Leah continued. “There’s a lot of things that are good in Scientology, because I wouldn’t have been in it. And that’s the thing: A lot of people trivialize it: ‘Oh, it’s Xenu and it’s a volcano and it’s jumping on couches and acting crazy.’ These people are victims. We’ve been victimized. We believed in something because it starts out very normal. I could be a better Leah, I could be a better mother, I could be a better sister, I could be a better friend—not to you, because I’ve been fantastic—but we all want those things. What Scientology offers is a bigger game. You’re part of an elite group saving the planet.”

“But again, my story pales in comparison to what happened to other people, how people are bullied into silence. We don’t have $3 billion to protect ourselves, right? So, what I have is I’m an actress, and I’m able to speak, and I’m able to give a voice to people who might not have an Ellen to go on. For that, I feel lucky and I feel blessed. That’s kind of what my path is right now,” Leah continued.

Be sure to watch Leah‘s A&E docu-series Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.

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VIDEO: Mariah Carey Discusses James Packer Split: 'It's a Whole Friggen Thing'

Mariah Carey sits down with Ellen DeGeneres during an interview airing later today on The Ellen Show!

The superstar entertainer spoke about her split from James Packer and all the rumors associated with the ending of their engagement.

“So let’s talk about, if you want to and if you will, you had a highly publicized relationship and you were engaged and you were trying on wedding dresses in the docu-series, we see the behind the scenes of that, which is pretty personal. And now you’re not together anymore,” Ellen said.

“Now it’s a whole friggen thing,” Mariah answered. “I’m actually….Everything happens for a reason things are the way they are.”

“He didn’t want to be in the docu-series at all. And yet he’s in it. You see him,” Ellen continued.

“Allegedly,” she responded.

Mariah’s World debuts on December 4 on E!

Watch the whole interview below…

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VIDEO: Ellen DeGeneres Tears Up During Presidential Medal of Freedom Ceremony

After almost not being allowed inside the White House, Ellen DeGeneres had an emotional moment while being presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom!

The talk show host was one of 21 stars who received the medal from President Barack Obama at a ceremony in the East Room on Tuesday (November 22) in Washington, D.C.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest honor that a U.S. civilian can receive and Ellen teared up while being given her medal.

“In a career spanning three decades, Ellen DeGeneres has lifted our spirits and brought joy to our lives as a stand-up comic, actor, and television star. In every role, she reminds us to be kind to one another and to treat people as each of us wants to be treated. At pivotal moments, her courage and candor helped change the minds and hearts of millions of Americans, accelerating our nation’s constant drive toward equality and acceptance for all,” the announcer said while she stood on stage with Obama. “Again and again, Ellen DeGeneres has shown us that a single individual can make the world a more fun, more open, more loving place, so long as we ‘just keep swimming.’”

Other stars who received the medal included Tom Hanks, Diana Ross, Robert De Niro, Bruce Springsteen, Robert Redford, Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels, basketball players Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill and Melinda Gates, and more.

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VIDEO: Ellen DeGeneres Gets Inside White House, Records Mannequin Challenge!

Ellen DeGeneres was not allowed in the White House briefly today after she forgot her identification before the 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony, where she is being honored.

The 58-year-old talk show host posted a funny update to let fans know that she was locked out, but soon after, was let in.

After getting inside, Ellen recorded a Mannequin Challenge video with the rest of the honorees! Watch below.

Robert De Niro and other honorees can be spotted in the video! Watch below…

Ellen DeGeneres Can't Get Inside White House for Presidential Medal of Freedom Ceremony!

UPDATE: Ellen got inside — and you won’t believe what she did when she arrived!

Ellen DeGeneres is supposed to be getting the 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom today in a special ceremony at the White House, but there’s one problem…they aren’t letting her inside!

The 58-year-old talk show host revealed that she forgot her ID, and the White House will not let her through at the moment to get in for the ceremony!

“They haven’t let me in to the White House yet because I forgot my ID. #NotJoking #PresidentialMedalOfFreedom,” Ellen tweeted, along with a photo.

Ellen, Tom Hanks, and 19 others are set to be honored today at the special ceremony. Hopefully Ellen gets inside soon!

VIDEO: Lauren Graham Names Four Nicknames for Her Lady Parts

Lauren Graham had a very funny moment while promoting Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life on The Ellen Show, airing later today!

While on the show, Lauren and Ellen faced off in a game of “5 Second Rule,” and at first, the questions started out pretty tame. Eventually, Lauren was asked to quickly name four nicknames for her lady parts!

After a bit of hesitation, Lauren answered, “Hoo Hoo, Ha Ha, Me Me, and Bo Bo!” She then clarified, “I’ve never used any of those!”

Right after, Ellen was asked to name three nicknames for a male’s parts.

“Henry, Luke, Mr Bojangles,” Ellen joked. LOL! Watch below.

Click inside to watch Lauren Graham talking about a surprising moment from the Gilmore Girls set…More Here! »

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