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VIDEO: Ellen DeGeneres opens up about sitting by George W. Bush after backlash

Ellen DeGeneres (ronpaulrevolt2008/Flickr)

It was hard to miss Ellen DeGeneres’ appearance at AT&T Stadium this weekend. The star was seen chatting with coaches and players before the game and watched the action next to President George W. Bush.

The talk show host shared details from her experience in Arlington on The Ellen Show Monday.

Of course, DeGeneres first took the time to compliment the stadium, calling JerryWorld “beautiful.”

She went on to explain that along with wife Portia de Rossi, DeGeneres had been invited by Charlotte Jones, daughter of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, making jokes at the family’s last name, “we went because we wanted to keep up with the Joneses.”

DeGeneres shared a video she took at the stadium sitting next to Bush, and then responded to comments on the pair’s very different beliefs.

“So I’ve got to say, when we were invited, I was — you know, I was aware that I was going to be surrounded with people from very different views and beliefs,” DeGeneres said. “And I’m not talking about politics. I was rooting for the Packers. And get this — everybody in the Cowboys’ suite was rooting for the Cowboys.”

While her cheese hat remained in her wife’s purse, DeGeneres shared that Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is a friend of hers. So, while sitting in Jerry Jones’ suite, she was secretly cheering for all of the many touchdowns Green Bay scored.

As for the shot of her laughing during the game with Bush that was shown on TV, the comedian responded to that, too.

“They thought, why is a gay Hollywood liberal sitting next to a conservative Republican president? Don’t even notice I’m holding the brand new iPhone 11,” DeGeneres joked. “I’m friends with George W. 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 that’s OK that we’re all different.

“… 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 mean only the people that think the same way that you do. I mean be kind to everyone.”

Hopefully there will be more DeGeneres sightings at AT&T Stadium soon.


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