Ellen DeGeneres Defends Sitting Next to George W. Bush At NFL Game: ‘I’m Friends With A Lot of People Who Don’t Share the Same Beliefs That I Have’
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Ellen DeGeneres Defends Sitting Next to George W. Bush At NFL Game: ‘I’m Friends With A Lot of People Who Don’t Share the Same Beliefs That I Have’

Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres has defended sitting next to former President George W. Bush at a Dallas Cowboys game on Sunday in a video released Monday night ahead of Tuesday’s broadcast.

DeGeneres faced criticism on Twitter after cameras showed her laughing next to the former Republican President during Sunday’s broadcast of the game. Some argued it was hypocritical for DeGeneres, an out gay women who has supported liberal causes, to socialize with the former Republican President whose record includes the Iraq War and opposition to gay marriage.

Degeneres disagrees. “I’m friends with George Bush,” she said in the video posted Monday night. “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.”

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DeGeneres came out as gay in 1997 and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2017 from then-President Barack Obama for pioneering LGBTQ representation. As President, former President Bush opposed gay marriage and endorsed a constitutional amendment explicitly banning gay marriage while running for reelection in 2004 — although he endorsed civil unions.
DeGeneres said she and her wife Portia de Rossi were invited to the game by Charlotte Jones, daughter of
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