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.

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“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.”

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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.