Singer Kim Burrell off ‘Ellen’ show after anti-gay sermon
LOS ANGELES — Ellen DeGeneres says that Kim Burrell isn’t going to appear on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” as scheduled.
DeGeneres’ statement Tuesday on Twitter came several days after Burrell refused to apologize for a sermon in which she referred to gays and lesbians as perverted.
A tape of Burrell preaching at Houston’s Love & Liberty Fellowship Church was circulated online.
She said that “the perverted homosexual spirit, and the spirit of delusion and confusion, it has deceived many men and women.” She referred to specific homosexual acts as perverted.
It wasn’t immediately clear when Burrell gave the sermon. She spoke on Facebook Live Friday about the tape that had circulated, referring to unspecified “enemies” for spreading only a portion of her speech.
She said that she has never discriminated against gays and lesbians. “I love you and God loves you,” she said. “But God hates the sin.”
The gospel singer and Pharrell were to perform a song from the movie “Hidden Figures” Thursday on the show. DeGeneres is one of show business’ most prominent lesbians.
DeGeneres’ tweet read: “For those asking, Kim Burrell will not be appearing on my show.”
There was no further comment from the show or DeGeneres.
Pharrell posted on Instagram that “I condemn hate speech of any kind,” making no specific reference to Burrell.