Gospel singer Kim Burrell was removed from a scheduled appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show this week after she made homophobic comments in a church sermon. Burrell was due to perform songs from the Hidden Figures soundtrack alongside Pharrell and Janelle Monáe.
A clip from the Ellen episode is online now ahead of its broadcast on Thursday, January 5. In the clip, which you can see below, DeGeneres says of Burrell: "She said some very not nice things about homosexuals so I didn't feel that was good of me to have her on the show to give her a platform after she's saying things about me."
Pharrell replied: "There's no space, there's no room for any kind of prejudice in 2017 and moving on. 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, colourful world and it only works with inclusion and empathy. It only works that way." He added: "Live and let live. Love and let love."
Check out the whole thing below. The Kim Burrell section begins around the 2:15 mark.