Ellen DeGeneres Addresses Sitting Next to George W. Bush at NFL Game

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Ellen DeGeneres responds to social media outrage over her sitting next to George W. Bush at an NFL game

DeGeneres gave a monologue to her audience on Monday, explaining that she and Portia de Rossi were invited to the game by Charlotte Jones, the daughter of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

"We went because we wanted to keep up with the Joneses", she said, drawing laughs.

"As I always say with the mob, it's like a wildfire, if you pour gasoline on it, it'll eventually get you as well", Jones said. 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. They sat in Jones's box, and DeGeneres ended up seated next to former President Bush.

Ellen was rooting for the Packers and joked that people had different views than her, addressing politics but pointing out the team she was rooting for. "I was rooting for the Packers, and get this, everybody in the Cowboys' suite was rooting for the Cowboys". But it wasn't her fandom that was criticized, it was the fact that she had a good time with Mr.

DeGeneres said: "During the game they showed a shot of George and me laughing together". She said people were upset, asking why a 'gay Hollywood liberal was sitting next to a conservative Republican president'.

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". Many angry people tweeted about the seemingly mismatched pair, DeGeneres said. Fans spotted DeGeneres and Bush interacting and laughing, and some weren't happy that DeGeneres, a liberal and LGBTQ supporter, was palling around with Bush, whom many critics accused of discriminating against that community, as well as committing war crimes via the war in Iraq. "In fact, I'm friends with a lot of people who don't share the same beliefs that I have", she shared.

"We're all different, and I think we've forgotten that that's OK that we're all different", she added.

"Just because I don't agree with someone on everything doesn't mean I'm not gonna friends with them".

"When I say be kind to one another, I don't mean only the people that think the same way you do", she said. As her studio audience cheered for the sentiment, DeGeneres responded, "Exactly".

The two unlikely friends may have stirred a bit of a controversy online, but DeGeneres' powerful story about looking past each others' differences and being kind and friendly resonated with many more people.

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