Ellen DeGeneres has announced she’s cut a popular gospel singer from her talk show, after footage emerged in which the woman can be heard calling gay people ‘perverted’.
Kim Burrell, who was due to appear on the popular daytime program on January 5, made the comments while preaching at a church in Houston, Texas, last month.
In footage of the sermon being circulated online, the 44-year-old says, “The perverted homosexual spirit, and the spirit of delusion and confusion, it has deceived many men and women.
“You, as a man, you open your mouth and take a man’s penis in your face — you are perverted. You are a woman and will shake your face in another woman’s breast, you are perverted.”
Burrell was due to perform 'I See Victory' from the film Hidden Figures alongside superstar singer/producer Pharrell Williams, however DeGeneres posted a tweet overnight, saying the performance has been cancelled.
Burrell's comments caused outrage online, just days ahead of her scheduled performance.
While not mentioning Burrell's name, Williams earlier tweeted, "I condemn hate speech of any kind. There is no room in this world for any kind of prejudice."
However, in a Facebook live video, Burrell said she will "make no excuses or apologies" for her comments, as she claims she never personally attacked anyone and was simply exercising her responsibility to reflect the teachings of her church.
"Don't you understand I know that people are going to be mad? I have to do what God tells me to do, and I'm passionate about what I do and when people take it personal - especially when we've never met - you know that the enemy is setting that up," she said.
"To every person that is dealing with the homosexual spirit, that has it, I love you because God loves you. But God hates the sin in you and me, anything that is against the nature of God."
It's unclear whom she was referring as "enemies".