Now in its fourteenth season, Ellen DeGeneres’ eponymous show has become a fixture of daytime television, winning numerous awards along the way. Ellen has also become one of the most influential persons — man or woman — in media, even receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama in late 2016.
The funnywoman invited Pharrell to her show, which aired today (January 5th). Pharrell’s appearance comes on the heels of his soundtrack for the film Hidden Figures, and the controversial and homophobic statements by gospel singer Kim Burrell during a sermon (the two would work together on the song “I See A Victory“) which would prompt Ellen to cancel her appearance alongside P.
“There’s no space, there’s no room for any kind of prejudice in 2017 and moving on,” Williams would say about Burrell. “There’s no room. She’s a fantastic singer, I love her, just like I love everybody else, and we all got to get used to that.”
“We all have to get used to everyone’s differences and understand that this is a big, gigantic, beautiful, colorful world and it only works with inclusion and empathy,” he continued.
Pharrell’s statements follows Frank Ocean’s mother recently expressing her own disdain for Burrell, even asking her son to remove Burrell’s vocals from their BLONDE collaboration “Godspeed.”