Ellen DeGeneres Defends Her Friendship With George W. Bush After Joy Behar's Critics: "I'm Friends With A Lot Of People"

Date November 21, 2019

Ellen DeGeneres received some heat after a picture of her enjoying a football game with George W. Bush by her side was shared online.

People bashed her for being friendly with the former US President who didn't support the LGBT views at the time he was in office. Many felt that, as a gay woman. Ellen shouldn't have anything to do with him.

In response, Ellen DeGeneres gave a monologue on her show where she explained that she was friends with Bush despite opposing views on certain matters. 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.

Joy Behar reacts

The View co-host Joy Behar reacted to Ellen's words and criticized her defense for hanging out with the former POTUS.

Joy explained that she never wanted to get to know George Bush because he seems like a "likable kind of guy," but this should not negate the things he had done.

And I don't see myself hanging out with Donald Trump anytime in this lifetime. So it's not only about disagreeing with somebody, which I certainly understand ... It's more than that.

Fellow host Sunny Hostin agreed with Joy, bringing up the fact that Bush didn't take a positive stand on gay marriage when he was in power and could do something about the situation.

Sunny pointed out that George Bush insisted on a constitutional amendment that stated that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.

I think when you're a woman like Ellen – she continued – and you came out and changed the lives of so many people in the LGBTQ community, I can understand why there were people that were put off by seeing her doing that.

In defense of Ellen

Fans of the talk show host have posted comments on social media in defense of Ellen's decision to be friends with whomever she wants.

Many pointed out that it doesn't help the comedian to hold grudges and agreed with her that having different beliefs doesn't necessarily mean you have to hate each other.

Both sides do make valid points. But only Ellen can determine who she chooses to be friends with as it's possible she has her reasons which others may not be privy to.

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