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DeGeneres says her show is no place for anti-gay advocates

Associated Press logo Associated Press 1/5/2017
In this photo released by Warner Bros., host Ellen Degeneres speaks with singer and film producer Pharrell Williams during a taping of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" at the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, Calif. Williams appeared as scheduled on Thursday's show without fellow singer Kim Burrell, who was disinvited days earlier after she referred to gays and lesbians as perverted. (Photo by Michael Rozman/Warner Bros.) © The Associated Press In this photo released by Warner Bros., host Ellen Degeneres speaks with singer and film producer Pharrell Williams during a taping of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" at the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, Calif. Williams appeared as scheduled on Thursday's show without fellow singer Kim Burrell, who was disinvited days earlier after she referred to gays and lesbians as perverted. (Photo by Michael Rozman/Warner Bros.)

NEW YORK (AP) — Pharrell appeared as scheduled on Thursday's "Ellen DeGeneres Show" without fellow singer Kim Burrell. But the gospel star, who DeGeneres had disinvited days earlier, didn't go unmentioned.

FILE - In this Sunday, April 20, 2008 file photo, Kim Burrell performs prior to a Mass by Pope Benedict XVI at Yankee Stadium in New York. Ahead of a performance on the talk show "Ellen" in early January 2017, gospel singer Burrell says she make "no excuses or apologies" for a sermon at a Houston church where she referred to gays and lesbians as perverted. (AP Photo/Mike Segar, Pool) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Sunday, April 20, 2008 file photo, Kim Burrell performs prior to a Mass by Pope Benedict XVI at Yankee Stadium in New York. Ahead of a performance on the talk show "Ellen" in early January 2017, gospel singer Burrell says she make "no excuses or apologies" for a sermon at a Houston church where she referred to gays and lesbians as perverted. (AP Photo/Mike Segar, Pool)

"I didn't think that it was good of me to have her on the show to give her a platform," said DeGeneres, citing the church sermon in which Burrell referred to gays and lesbians as perverted. A tape of Burrell preaching that message had circulated online.

DeGeneres, one of show business' most prominent lesbians, spoke of having suffered "a lot of hate and prejudice and discrimination because of who I choose to love." She voiced surprise that Burrell, as an African-American woman, would engage in prejudice.

"The world is a beautiful place," Pharrell agreed. "But it doesn't work without inclusion and empathy."

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