Daytime talk show host Ellen Degeneres took a stand against the Twitter mob after receiving a backlash for appearing at a soccer game alongside former President George W. Bush, whom she calls "friend."
During her monologue on Monday, DeGeneres told the audience that she and Portia de Rossi were invited to a Dallas Cowboys game by Charlotte Jones, daughter of Cowboy owner Jerry Jones.
She was spotted in the suite, sitting next to Bush and former first lady Laura Bush.
"When we were invited, I knew I would be surrounded by people of very different views and beliefs. And I'm not talking about politics … I was rooting for the Packers," joked DeGeneres. "So I had to hide my cheese hat in Portia's bag."
However, DeGeneres faced strong criticism on social media for appearing alongside Bush.
"People were upset," said DeGeneres. "They thought, why is a gay Hollywood liberal sitting next to a conservative Republican president? … Many people were angry. And they did what people do when they are angry … they tweet."
The comedian then read a tweet: "Ellen and George Bush together make me have faith in America again." The audience applauded.
"Here's what: I'm friends with George Bush. In fact, I'm friends with many people who don't share the same beliefs I have," continued DeGeneres. "We're all different and I think we forget that it's okay that we're all different … but just because I don't agree with anyone at all doesn't mean that I won't be friends with them."
"When I say, 'Be kind to each other', I don't mean just people who think the same way as you. I mean, be kind to everyone. It doesn't matter.
DeGeneres concluded by thanking Charlotte and Jerry Jones, as well as George and Laura Bush for such a "fun Sunday afternoon," but they added that they owe him "six dollars for the nachos."