J.C. Penny CEO: ‘Ellen represents the values of our company’

By Stephen C. Webster
Thursday, February 9, 2012 11:04 EDT
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JCPenny CEO Ron Johnson. Screengrab via CBS News.
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Appearing on CBS This Morning on Thuesday, J.C. Penny CEO Ron Johnson put an end to the so-called controversy over talk show host Ellen DeGeneres being picked as the company’s spokeswoman.

“She shares the same values that we do,” he said. “Our company was founded 110 years ago on the golden rule, as about treating people fair and square, just like you’d be treated yourself. We think that Ellen represents the values of our company and the values that we share.”

Speaking on her show Wednesday, DeGeneres explained that she stands for “honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you want to be treated and helping those in need.”

Despite a campaign by the group “One Million Moms” to have DeGeneres fired, Johnson said keeping her on was “a no-brainer.”

“It’s been unbelievably wonderful to work with someone who is so kind, so gracious, so funny, who just I think captures what America is about,” he said.

This video was broadcast by CBS on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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