Elton John is firmly on team Ellen DeGeneres.
DeGeneres has faced big backlash after she was spotted chumming it up with former U.S. President George W. Bush at a Dallas Cowboys game.
“I admire Ellen for standing up and saying what she said,” John told NPR. “George Bush has made a lot of mistakes. I made a lot of mistakes. Ellen DeGeneres has made a lot of mistakes.”
“People need to come together,” the iconic singer continued. “They need to respect people’s views on life. Except when it’s heresy, and I don’t think George Bush is that kind of guy.”
The backlash against DeGeneres led her to defend her friendship with Bush on an episode of her daytime talk show. “I’m friends with a lot of people who don’t share the same beliefs that I have,” she argued. “We’re all different and I think we’ve forgotten that that’s okay.”
The reception to DeGeneres’ follow-up statement was divisive. You had Reese Witherspoon, for example, supporting DeGeneres’ positivity while actor Mark Ruffalo argued that Bush was a war criminal who needs to be brought to justice.