Ellen DeGeneres Justifies Sitting Next to George W. Bush at Cowboys Game, Says It’s ‘OK That We’re All Different’

Can’t we all just get along; Ellen DeGeneres wants to know?

The 61-year-old talk show host and comedian recently came under fire after she was spotted laughing and having a good time with former president George W. Bush at a Cowboys game. But instead of pretending she was laughing at Bush, not with him, DeGeneres pleaded with critics to have a bit of understanding for other people who might have different viewpoints.

In her talk show segment on Tuesday, DeGeneres discussed how she and her wife Portia de Rossi were invited to the NFL game by Charlotte Jones, the daughter of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. While they watched the game, DeGeneres spent time conversing with Bush.

What exactly went down? Here’s what she said.

Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres
Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres | Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images

DeGeneres was aware of the strong reactions

 “During the game, they showed a shot of me and George laughing together, and so people were upset,” DeGeneres explained on the show.

“They thought, ‘Why is a gay Hollywood liberal sitting next to a conservative Republican president’?” she continued. Then she joked that they “didn’t even notice I’m holding the brand-new iPhone 11” in the photo.

“But a lot of people were mad, and they did what people do when they’re mad: They tweet,” DeGeneres said. Instead of sharing the hateful comments, however, the comedian relayed one positive reaction instead.

“Ellen and George Bush together makes me have faith in America again,” it said. “Exactly. 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,” DeGeneres said.

Ellen DeGeneres believes everyone should try to get along

“We’re all different, and I think we’ve forgotten that that’s okay that we’re all different,” DeGeneres said on her show. “For instance, I wish people wouldn’t wear fur. I don’t like it, but I’m friends with people who wear fur. And I’m friends with people who are furry, as a matter of fact. I have friends who should tweeze more,” she quipped.

“But just because I don’t agree with someone on everything doesn’t mean that I’m not going to be friends with them,” she continued. “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.”

“Even people who are already playing Christmas music — I mean seriously, there’s no excuse for that, but I’m kind to them,” she said, keeping the mood light. Then she ended by thanking both Jerry and Charlotte Jones, as well as the Bushes “for a Sunday afternoon that was so fun — by the way, you owe me $6 for the nachos.”

DeGeneres is trying to set a good example

Even though Ellen DeGeneres made a good argument for trying to get along with everyone, even those people with conflicting viewpoints, her critics were still very skeptical of the whole idea.

“So quirky and fun to see George Bush out with Ellen at a Cowboys game after his terrible foreign policy decisions killed thousands of innocent people,” one Twitter user said sarcastically.

But others were happy to see DeGeneres spreading love instead of hate. “I don’t know why people are hating on this. This is exactly what our world needs right now. We need to see that people who disagree politically can sit together, be kind, and enjoy a football game. Chill people. This is a good thing,” they said.