Jenna Bush Hager defends George W.'s friendship with Ellen DeGeneres

The NBC anchor, 38, appeared on "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen" with her "Today" co-host Hoda Kotb and answered a question from a fan about the controversy that went down on the Internet after her dad, former President George W. Bush, sat next to Ellen DeGeneres at a football game in October 2019.

Jenna Bush Hager thinks that just because you have different beliefs, doesn't mean two people can't be friends.

"We're all different, and I think that we've forgotten that that's OK that we're all different", she said. "Just because I don't agree with someone on everything doesn't mean that I'm not going to be friends with them".

Shortly after Ellen's statement, celebrities reacted, with Mark Ruffalo tweeting that "we can't begin to talk about kindness" until the former president is "brought to justice for the crimes of the Iraq War", while Reese Witherspoon and Kristen Bell opted to side with the daytime talk show host. "Doesn't matter", she added. Some people were offended that a gay liberal Hollywood figure would be friendly with a Republican president.

'Here's the thing: I'm friends with George Bush.

During Jenna's appearance on WWHL, she was also asked about the biggest misconception about being a child of a U.S. president.

"When I say, 'Be kind to one another, ' I don't mean only the people that think the same way that you do". People don't really know my parents, you know, who they are as my parents'.

"I think Jenna, by the way, I think you're one of the most down-to-Earth people", she said.

In October, after fans criticized Ellen for her choice of company, the talk show host spoke out on her show, saying that she's "friends with a lot of people who don't share the same beliefs that I have". "And we work with her every day and you never get the feeling that you've lived any other life than the kinds of lives we've lived".

"Well we didn't live in the White House. People will always be like, 'What was it like there?"' she said, explaining that she spent the first half of her father's administration in her home state as a student at The University of Texas at Austin.

She added, "And I also think decency and humanity should be at the basis of all conversations". 'I try to fight against that a little'.

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