In a preview clip of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” to be aired Tuesday, Maddow recalled attempting to book an interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, in the early days of the public health crisis last year.
Fauci, now the chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, agreed to the interview. But then “the word came down from on high” from the White House that he couldn’t, Maddow told host Ellen DeGeneres.
“He was going on even with other people on MSNBC, but for some reason I was blackballed specifically by the White House, which was very frustrating … but was also like a weird form of flattery,” Maddow explained. “You guys can’t do anything —we don’t have testing, the president says you should inject bleach, you have all these crazy people. The one thing that you can do is make sure that Dr. Fauci can’t go on Maddow.”
“How can this be the one thing that you are incredibly efficient at when we need to be doing so much?” she asked. “The only thing you were good at was keeping him away from me.”
Watch the video here:
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