Watch: After Being Spotted at Cowboys Game Together, DeGeneres Defends Friendship with George W. Bush

Tuesday October 8, 2019

Not long after footage of Ellen DeGeneres and President George W. Bush went viral over the weekend, the out talkshow host defended her friendship with the former Republican president on Twitter Monday night, CNN reports.

The duo was spotted at a Dallas Cowboys football game over the weekend, sitting together in booth seats. Bush's wife Laura Bush was also there as was DeGeneres's wife actress Portia de Rossi.

There was a backlash that ensured on social media, where some took issue that DeGeneres, who is openly gay, is pals with Bush, who stood against LGBTQ equality during his presidency.

Taking to Twitter, DeGeneres said, "Yes, that was me at the Cowboys game with George W. Bush over the weekend. Here's the whole story." In the video clip she tweeted, DeGeneres shared a pre-recorded segment from her talk show.

"So Portia and I were invited by Charlotte Jones," DeGeneres says in the clips. "She's the daughter of Jerry Jones who owns the Dallas Cowboys. And we went because we wanted to keep up with the Joneses."

DeGeneres then shows the audience a clip of them together, later addressing the controversy by saying, "People were upset."

"They thought, why is a gay Hollywood liberal sitting next to a conservative Republican president?" DeGeneres asked. " A lot of people were mad. And they did what people do when they're mad... they tweet."

Instead of sharing a negative tweet, she shared one that read: "Ellen and George Bush together makes me have faith in America again."

"Exactly. Here's the thing. I'm friends with George Bush," she said. "In fact, I'm friends with a lot of people who don't share the same beliefs that I have."

She went on to say that she believes people forgot that people are different and it's OK, going on to say that she doesn't approve of people wearing fur but is friendly with people who still do so.

"But just because I don't agree with someone on everything doesn't mean that I'm not going to be friends with them," she said. "When I say, 'be kind to one another,' I don't only mean the people that think the same way that you do. I mean be kind to everyone."

CNN notes Bush was a guest on "Ellen" in 2017.

Watch the clip below.

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