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Ellen DeGeneres explains why she attended an NFL game with George W. Bush

Ellen DeGeneres explains why she attended an NFL game with George W. Bush

2019-10-08 6:06:00 PM

Ellen DeGeneres explains why she attended an NFL game with George W. Bush

Ellen DeGeneres addressed the somewhat surprised Twitter reaction to her appearance at an NFL game with George W. Bush, saying she is friends with the former U.S. president.

Lisa Respers France, CNNPublished Tuesday, October 8, 2019 10:45AM EDTEllen DeGeneres will not be Twitter-shamed for who she spends time with.The daytime-talk-show-host-turned-media-mogul used the platform late Monday night to discuss hanging out with former President George W. Bush this weekend at a Dallas Cowboys football game.

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There was a bit of an uproar when the pair were spotted -- accompanied by Bush's wife Laura and Degeneres' wife, actress Portia de Rossi -- in a stadium suite enjoying the Cowboys taking on the Green Bay Packers on Sunday (the Cowboys lost, btw) in Dallas.

DeGeneres used her Twitter account to address the controversy, tweeting a video of her almost 4 minute-long monologue talking about it on her show.Noting that it is normally not unusual for a celeb to attend a sporting event, it was a big deal for her to be seen there because, she joked, "I never leave my house."

"So Portia and I were invited by Charlotte Jones," DeGeneres said. "She's the daughter of Jerry Jones who owns the Dallas Cowboys. And we went because we wanted to keep up with the Joneses."She then showed the audience a video she had taken at the game which showed her sitting with President Bush.

DeGeneres then joked about rooting for the Packers since she is friends with their quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, and cheering every time they scored "or every time another whistleblower came forward. ""The referees, you guys, the referees," she told her laughing audience.

She the addressed the criticism she faced because of being seen laughing with Bush, 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."

But instead of sharing some of the negative tweets aimed at her, DeGeneres shared one which said "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."

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DeGeneres said she believes people have forgotten that we are all different and that that's OK.The former vegan used the example of how she doesn't approve of wearing fur, but is still friends with those who do."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."

Bush was a guest on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" in 2017. Read more: CTV News »

Which one is which? Excuse me, but why the hell should she? I don’t know how EllenDeGeneres can sit beside someone who started Iraq war... What's everyone so worried about. She's a lesbian and he's not interested in her that way. They're both married to partners they love. My God where's the decency in this media obsession?

Who cares? Who cares? You make it sound like she owed everyone an explanation... Who cares. Its Ellen! And....GoPackGo !!! did he call her Hellen Degenerate again? She didn’t attend the game with Bush, he went with his wife Laura. She was a guest of Cowboys owner, she happened to be seated near Bush! Even though this is a stupid story, at least get it accurate!

Why does Ellen need to explain anything? Isn’t there anything else more important to report a story on.? Another who gives a crap story White privilege defined Great news!!!!! Attends NFL game with a War criminal who was against gays, Who let Blacks drown in Hurricane Katrina, who lied about Weapons of Mass Destruction and got the US into 19 year Forever wars ... good guy Bush!

Why does she have to explain? BECAUSE SHE WANTS SOMEBODY TO WRITE SOMETHING ABOUT HER. ANYTHING ACTUALLY.. no explanation necessary. she is okay with him because he is rich and powerful. change my mind. Sounds like theJagmeetSingh could learn a thing or two about how to treat people like MaximeBernier

Why does she have to explain who she hangs out with? People need to fuck of and worry about real problems and maybe their own shit for a change. Why does she have to explain it all? When did it become taboo to have a difference of opinion? If I lived like that, my family would never get together for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. And BTW, as far as I've seen, GWB has remained pretty non-partisan since leaving politics.

Who wouldn't want to have a beer with George W., I bet he is very entertaining 1 million dead Iraqis killed by this monster and ctv gushes. This is the state our of (fake news) media I heard her response......kudos to her!! Tons of respect for people that practice what they preach!! If more people payed attention we could have open discourse without all the animosity. This goes for ALL sides. Hate is hate, regardless of who it’s directed at.

Ms. DeGeneres doesn't need to explain anything. LIKE WHO CARES CTV_Liveat5 How to spell hypocrisy, Ellen To get in the news FFS! The same reason she is now explaining why she did it. free tickets and drinks She should not have to explain anything Adults understand that despite the fact people may not always agree most people have more in common than they don't

LOL, ol' skull and bones bush wanted to see if he still had it...nobody bothered to him she QBs for the 'other' side.:) Real whistle blowers get exiled and lives ruined, CIA 'whistleblowers' tattling on Trump for nothing get praised. John Kiriakou, Edward Snowden etc I do see that back in the day he attempted to ban gay marriage. However I am still with Ellen here, you can be in the same room with people and have different points of view. Heck you can enjoy something together when you have different opposing views.

Fantastic reply by Ellen. Well said, more people need to follow in her footsteps Here's why: her wealth insulates her from even one iota of harm that this man did, and his party continues to do to marginalized communities. She built a brand on fighting for LGBTQ rights, but when the cameras are off, wealth trumps principle. thehamptoneffect

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