Ellen Degeneres is joining forces with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the on-going fight against Aids, and has been named Special Envoy for Global Aids Awareness, according to Reuters.
Announcing the appointment on Tuesday (8th November 2011), Clinton said DeGeneres, the host of hugely popular daytime talk show 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show', would use her celebrity status to raise awareness of the disease and give hope to the many sufferers. As well as her television show, Ellen boasts 8 million Twitter followers and nearly 6 million Facebook fans - she is considered one of the most popular television personalities in America. Clinton said, "The enormous platform of your television show and your social media channels will enable you to reach millions of people with the strong and hopeful message that we can win this fight". In response, DeGeneres said she was thrilled to be appointed Special Envoy, saying, "The fight against Aids is something that has always been close to my heart. And I'm happy that I can use my platform to educate people and spread hope" - however, her statement wasn't without her trademark humor, she added, "Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go look up what envoy means".
Ellen famously came out as a lesbian while she was at the height of popularity with her own network sitcom. She has worked on behalf of numerous humanitarian causes, including breast cancer awareness, animal rescue and anti-bullying.