Ellen DeGeneres Defends Friendship with Ex-POTUS George W. Bush

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On October 6, talk show titan Ellen DeGeneres was pictured at a Dallas Cowboys game. There, she was chatting and laughing it up with former President of the United States George W. Bush. After a backlash, the host spoke out on the Monday episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

She said

"Here's the thing. I'm friends with George Bush[...]In fact, I'm friends with a lot of people who don't share the same beliefs that I have. We're all different. And I think that we've forgotten that that's okay that we're all different."

DeGeneres and Bush were both watching the game from Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' private box. Criticism soon flooded in. Dr. Marc Lamont Hill stated on Twitter:

"George W. Bush fought against marriage equality, put us into unjust wars, and destabilized whole countries. To frame this as a 'difference of opinion' is dishonest."

Out magazine tweeted:

"Ellen DeGeneres laughing it up with someone who has actively tried to harm our community feels disappointing, irresponsible, and dangerous."

The Today Show's Hoda Kotb disagreed, calling DeGeneres' remarks a "life lesson." The View co-host Abby Huntsman agreed, tweeting:

"It’s sad to me that @TheEllenShow even had to address why she was sitting alongside Bush. I long for the days when politics didn’t define us. When differing opinions taught us something. Our climate has changed but I refuse to change with it."

Bush himself reportedly "appreciates" DeGeneres' defense of him, according to TMZ. And this isn't the first time DeGeneres has hung out with 43. In 2017, she invited Bush on to her show, where the two discussed his military portraits.