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Ellen Defends Sharing A Laugh With George W. Bush

People got upset on Sunday when a photo of Ellen DeGeneres surfaced sharing some laughs with former President George W. Bush at this weekend’s Dallas Cowboys/Green Bay Packers football game.

DeGeneres addressed criticisms that appeared on social media during the opening segment of her talk show on Tuesday.

“Here’s the thing: I’m friends with George Bush,” she began, using the controversy to push for openness across social and political divides. “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 we’ve forgotten that that’s OK that we’re all different.”

Here’s Ellen’s full statement:

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