Stephanopoulos submitted a swab sample for the DNA company 23andMe for a segment on Good Morning America to promote "Faces of America With Henry Louis Gates Jr.," a four-part series on family histories premiering Feb. 10 on PBS. Gates told him this: "According to 23andMe, George, you most likely share an ancestor with a very prominent American woman, a person who, like your haplotype, is an intrepid traveler yourself."
HENRY LOUIS GATES: According to 23andMe, George, you most likely share an ancestor with a very prominent American woman, a person who, like your haplotype, is an intrepid traveler yourself. Now, for five dollars, and we’ve been friends for a long time, five bucks, I’ll give you five bucks if you can guess who this person is?
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: An intrepid traveler. Amelia Earhart?
GATES: Okay, Amelia Earhart. Is that your best guess?
STEPHANOPOULOS: You’re going to string this out, aren’t you?
GATES: Okay. Amelia Earhart, absolutely not. I'm going to read you a statement from 23andme, by their lead geneticists, Joanna Mountain [PH]. She says, "There is one intrepid, traveling famous woman who genealogists claim also has George's haplo-group, Haplo-group X. You are very likely a maternal cousin with Hillary Clinton.
STEPHANOPOULOS: You’re putting me on.
GATES: And you know, the more I look at you, the more you look like Hillary.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Sorry, Secretary Clinton, I did not set this up.
GATES: Now, George, we have to stress-
STEPHANOPOULOS: Cousin Hillary, right there.
GATES: Now, George, we have to stress, it's very likely, because, as far as we know, the Secretary of State hasn't been tested. We hope she does get tested.
STEPHANOPOULOS: She may not get tested now.
GATES: According to genealogists, she ascends from a woman who lived in France the 17th century and all of the female descendants have the X Haplotype. So, 23andme says it’s a very likely match. Now, how does that make you feel, good brother?
STEPHANOPOULOS: I feel fantastic to have a cousin Hillary. Thanks very much, Skip Gates. You can see Faces of America on PBS on Wednesdays from February 10 to March 3.