Ellen DeGeneres addresses backlash for sitting with George W. Bush at game

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LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 14: In this handout photo provided by One Voice: Somos Live!, Ellen DeGeneres participates in the phone bank during “One Voice: Somos Live! A Concert For Disaster Relief” at the Universal Studios Lot on October 14, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Marisa Tomei (Photo by Evans Vestal Ward /NBCUniversal/One Voice: Somos Live!/Getty Images)

ARLINGTON, Texas (KETK) – Ellen Degeneres responded back to criticism of sitting and laughing with former President George W. Bush during the Packers-Cowboys game on Sunday.

“During the game, they showed a shot of me and George laughing together. And so, people were upset. They thought, ‘Why is this gay Hollywood liberal sitting next to a conservative Republican president?’ ”

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Degeneres explained that she and her wife Portia DeRossi were invited to the game by Charlotte Jones, the daughter of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. She said that when she accepted she knew she would be in a place where people held different views.

“And I’m not talking about politics. I was rooting for the Packers,” she joked.

After some light jokes, she turned the conversation serious about treating others with kindness, even when they have opposing opinions and beliefs.

“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 we’re all different… When I say be kind to one another, I don’t mean only the people that think the same way you do. I mean be kind to everyone.  

Degeneres concluded her monologue by saying to former President Bush: “You owe me $6 for the nachos.”

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