Ellen DeGeneres bans Kim Burrell

BBC:-Ellen DeGeneres has said Kim Burrell will not appear on her show after the gospel singer made homophobic comments.

Burrell referred to “the perverted homosexual spirit” during a sermon at a church in Houston, Texas.

She had been due to sing with Pharrell Williams on The Ellen DeGeneres Show later this week.

But the talk show host, who is a well-known advocate of gay rights, tweeted: “For those asking, Kim Burrell will not be appearing on my show.”

DeGeneres had been asked by fans to cancel Burrell’s planned appearance and an online petition was launched.

In a video published after the sermon, Burrell said: “I love you and God loves you but God hates the sin in you and me.”

“I never said all gays were going to hell. I never said ‘LGBT’… I said ‘SIN’,” she said.

“To every person who is dealing with the homosexual spirit, that has it, I love you and God loves you but God hates the sin in you and me. Anything that is against the nature of God.”

She added “enemies” had posted only a portion of her original speech.

Williams and Burrell had been due to sing their track I See Victory from the soundtrack of the film Hidden Figures on the chat show on Thursday.

 

The singer said she made “no excuses or apologies” for her comments.

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