As scheduled, Pharrell appeared on today’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show—only without Kim Burrell.
After her hate speech against homosexuals went viral last week, many people wondered if Burrell was still going to be making the scheduled appearance. Ellen DeGeneres and her people didn’t really say anything at first. Janelle Monae addressed it to TMZ, and then Ellen finally did tweet that she wouldn’t be welcomed.
For those asking, Kim Burrell will not be appearing on my show.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) January 3, 2017
Well, for the first time on air, Ellen discussed the whole mess with Pharrell rather candidly: “She said some very not nice things about homosexuals, so I didn’t feel that it was good of me to have her on the show to give her a platform after she was saying things about me.”
“There’s no space, there’s no room for any kind of prejudice in 2017 or moving on. There’s no room. She’s a fantastic singer and I love her just like I love everybody else. 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. Live and let live. Love and let love.”
“Agreed. I think I say it all the time. To me, when I say, ‘Be kind to one another,’ I feel that. 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, now…it only gives me more compassion. It gives me more empathy. I don’t ever want anyone to feel hurt because they are different.”
We are loving this exchange! Both of their comments about love and acceptance are spot on and so uplifting during these trying times. We also really enjoyed the tiny piece of shade Ellen threw when she pointed out the fact that she didn’t even know Burrell. We had a very similar reaction ourselves.
2017 is not looking so great for Burrell, as her downward spiral continues after her rant made waves. Texas Southern University announced that it would no longer broadcast her radio show “Bridging the Gap”. Even Frank Ocean’s mom asked that he ax her from his track that Burrell is featured on.
Watch the entire uplifting and candid conversation below: