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DeGeneres scraps gospel singer’s appearance over ‘anti-gay’ homily

/ 01:44 PM January 05, 2017
In this April 29, 2013 file photo, TV host Ellen DeGeneres arrives at the season 4 premiere of "Arrested Development" in Los Angeles. Producers announced Friday, Aug. 2, that DeGeneres will return to host the Oscars on March 2, 2014. AP

In this April 29, 2013, file photo, TV host Ellen DeGeneres arrives at the season 4 premiere of “Arrested Development” in Los Angeles.  AP

Ellen DeGeneres canceled gospel singer Kim Burrell’s performance on her show following her homophobic remarks in a viral clip circulating online last week.

A YouTube video showed Burrell lecturing Love and Liberty Fellowship Church attendees about “perverted homosexual” activities, which swiftly angered the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. “I came to tell you about sin. That sin nature. That perverted homosexual spirit, and the spirit of delusion and confusion, it has deceived many men and women, and it’s caused us pain on the body of Christ,” she said, cited by Entertainment Weekly.

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“You as a man, you open your mouth and take a man’s penis in your face, you are perverted… You are a woman and will shake your face in another woman’s breast, you are perverted,” she further implied.

Her statements stung DeGeneres’ ears, who announced on Twitter that she called off the gospel singer’s Thursday performance on her show “Ellen.” Burrel was about to belt out her song “I See a Victory,” a song from the film “Hidden Figures.”

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“For those asking, Kim Burrell will not be appearing on my show,” the TV host announced.

In a Facebook video, Burrell, 44, clarified her controversial comments saying, “I never said LGBT…I said S-I-N.”  Gianna Francesca Catolico

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