WATCH: Ellen DeGeneres Explains Why She Dropped Kim Burrell’s Performance from Her Show
Burrell was supposed to perform on Ellen alongside Williams and Janelle Monáe on behalf of their new film, Hidden Figures. However, Burrell was dropped from the show after she made anti-gay comments during a sermon and described homosexuality as a “sin … against the nature of God” in a Facebook Live video. Williams and DeGeneres offered their outlook on this controversy surrounding Burrell on Thursday’s episode of Ellen.
“I actually didn’t know her, her name is Kim Burrell. She made a statement, she was doing a Facebook Live, and she said some very not nice things about homosexuals, so I didn’t feel that was good of me to have her on the show to give her a platform after she was saying things about me,” said DeGeneres before she opened up the floor to Williams.
“There’s no space, there’s no room for any kind of prejudice in 2017 and moving on,” Williams said. “There’s no room. She’s a fantastic singer, I love her, just like I love everybody else, and we all got to get used to that. … We all have to get used to everyone’s differences and understand that this is a big, gigantic, beautiful, colorful world, and it only works with inclusion and empathy. It only works that way.”
“When I say be kind to one another, I feel that,” continued DeGeneres. “Because as someone who has received a lot of hate and prejudice and discrimination because of who I choose to love, I just don’t understand anyone who has experienced that kind of oppression or anything like that … it only gives me more compassion.”
Watch DeGeneres’s interview with Pharrell in the video at the top of the page.