Elton John Defends Ellen Degeneres' Friendship With George W. Bush

Elton John Performs at the Twickenham Stoop

Ellen Degeneres' choice to attend a Dallas Cowboys football game with George W. Bush last week has caused mixed reactions, with critics condemning her for associating with the controversial president and supporters praising her for setting differences aside and being open-minded. Elton John is the latest celebrity to side with the talk show host.

“I admire Ellen for standing up and saying what she said," the icon said during a recent interview. "George Bush has made a lot of mistakes. I made a lot of mistakes. Ellen DeGeneres has made a lot of mistakes. People need to come together […] They need to respect people’s view on life. Except when it’s heresy, and I don’t think George Bush is that kind of guy.”

Earlier this week Degeneres responded to the backlash she received for hanging out with Bush during a monologue on her show.

"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," she explained. "Just because I don't agree with someone on everything doesn't mean that I'm not going to be friends with them. 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."

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