Ellen DeGeneres transformed Rockefeller Plaza into a giant dance floor Tuesday when the daytime host hit the East Coast on one of late summer's hottest days.
Returning to New York City for the first time since 2007, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" drew thousands of screaming fans to a temporary outdoor set in front of 30 Rock and hosted a roster of celebrities that included Hillary Clinton, Jimmy Fallon, Pink and surprise appearances by Amy Schumer and Justin Bieber.
Even when the mercury passed the 90 degree mark, DeGeneres' dance-a-thon meets talk-a-thon had audiences grooving in the aisles, including Democratic presidential candidate Clinton who had some advice for possible 2020 presidential hopeful Kanye West.
"If I'm running for re-election [then] wait," quipped Clinton of going up against Kim Kardashian's husband.
Though DeGeneres professed to not being a particularly political person, the Emmy-winning daytime host chatted with Clinton on topics as far ranging as the current email brouhaha resulting from her time as secretary of state, to women's rights, pay equality, and what she hopes to be called when her almost one-year-old granddaughter Charlotte gets around to talking.
"I'm fine with Grandma," Clinton said of her preferred moniker, adding she was also fine with "Madame President."
On the public release of her emails, Clinton said she was "sorry for all the confusion," and stated matter-of-factly that she "used a personal email account" that was allowed, but she "should have used two [accounts]."
When DeGeneres asked how the former first lady handles talk about her being one of the oldest president elects (she would be 69 when she takes office in 2017 if she wins the election), Clinton said the way she looks at it is she "would be the youngest woman ever elected president of the United States." After DeGeneres remarked how physically energized she currently looks, Clinton replied she is "as revved up" and ready as she was 20 or 30 years ago.
It was Clinton's fifth major interview since she declared her candidacy in April and her sixth appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." It afforded the presidential hopeful a chance to show a warmer, more personable side and to continue her recent push to raise the profile of women's issues. "I want to knock down those barriers that are still holding women back," Clinton said.
Talking of how far women have come and how far they still have to go, Clinton recounted a story of how in the mid-seventies she was denied a credit card in her own name and was told she would have to use her husband's card. "And I was making more money than him at the time," an incredulous Clinton said of husband Bill.
Hillary Clinton will appear on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on Thursday September 10. Check local listings or go to ellenTV.com.