* Update * Ellen DeGeneres has also confirmed that Kim Burrell will not be appearing on the show.
She’s out! Kim Burrell’s homophobic got the gospel singer officially removed from performing alongside Pharrell on The Ellen Show.
TMZ caught up with Janelle and asked her the million dollar question about Burrell performing and she confirmed that Burrell was indeed out.
“I don’t think she’s performing, she’s not performing! I am huge advocate for the other, and I don’t stand for any hate speech or anything that targets our fellow brothers and sisters in a negative way.”
The TMZ cameraman also asked if Burrell’s part on the song should be nixed? or if Janelle would ever perform with Burrell again? He got no reply on either question. Before the ax came down on Burrell’s performance both Pharrell and Janelle both spoke out issuing statements via social media about the issue.
I shouldn't even have to post this as you guys should already know where I stand but If you do not pls know I unequivocally repudiate ANY AND ALL hateful comments against the LGBTQ community. In addition, I feel we all belong to the same community, a shared community called humanity. And today and tomorrow and the next day I will continue to stand with other like minded people who condemn any and all statements and actions that would seek to deny the basic humanity of our fellow brothers and sisters. We cannot sit Idly by nor will we speak silently when we are confronted with such violence against members of our community. I am personally beyond exhausted by the ignorance and bigotry living in some people. At times I want to punch and I want to slap a lot of people when I read and hear the shit that comes out their mouthes !!! I will rejoice when folks stop thinking they ARE GOD, Jesus' assistant, picking and choosing what "sins" are acceptable in the Bible, and using the Bible as a whip! WE can't afford anymore tearing down of our shared humanity. My advice: If your religion is causing you to spew out words of hate, judge, or look down on others because of who one loves then you need to change it. And fast. If the religion don't make you are more loving or better person, ditch it. But what do I know. My hope is that we ALL go into this new year considering for one moment that we don't have all the answers. My hope is that we become more understanding, less judgmental, more tolerate, and more patient with one another. Including me. HAPPY NEW YEAR. 🙏🏿❤
It was definitely the right move to make as hateful rhetoric should not be tolerated at any cost. The Ellen Show has yet to respond on the situation. We hope Kim learns from her huge mistake. On a positive note Hidden Figures is in theaters January 6th, we got a chance to see the inspirational tale early and it’s absolutely amazing. Janelle, Taraji and Octavia were absolutely shined in the film, so make sure you and the family see that and start your new year off with some inspiration.