Ellen DeGeneres has confirmed that gospel star Kim Burrell will no longer appear on her show after the singer’s homophobic rant went viral.
Burrell, who sings on the Pharrell Williams produced song I See Victory, was set to perform the track alongside Williams on the talk show this Thursday.
However, ahead of the appearance, a video of Burrell, who is also a pastor, calling gay people perverts was made public.
In a sermon at the Love & Liberty Fellowship church in Houston on December 30, Burrel said: “Anybody in this room who is filled with the homosexual spirit, pray God to free you. You’re playing with it in 2017, you’ll die from it.
“I came to tell you about sin… That perverted, homosexual spirit is a spirit of delusion and confusion. If you, as a man, will open your mouth and take a man’s penis in your face, you are perverted.
“If you are a woman and you shake your breasts in another woman’s face, you are perverted.”
Following a massive backlash, Burrell posted two videos on Facebook addressing the controversy and defending her views.
“To every person who is dealing with a homosexual spirit I love you because God loves you, but God hates the sin in you and me,” she said.
Burrell insisted that, “I never said that all gays were going to hell. That never came out of my mouth. … I said people who operate with that spirit in the church with deception and attack themselves are going to have to face the master.”
On Tuesday, DeGeneres tweeted: “For those asking, Kim Burrell will not be appearing on my show.”
Williams, who will be a guest the show without Burrell, released a statement condemning hate speech and calling for inclusivity.
For those asking, Kim Burrell will not be appearing on my show.