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Singer Kim Burrell off ‘Ellen’ show after anti-gay sermon

Kim Burrell was to perform with Pharrell on “The Ellen DeGeneresShow” Thursday. Burrell’s appearance was canceled after a sermon Burrell gave calling gays and lesbians “perverted” came to light. DeGeneres is one of the highest profile lesbians in the entertainment industry. (Charles Sykes / Invision/AP)
Kim Burrell was to perform with Pharrell on “The Ellen DeGeneresShow” Thursday. Burrell’s appearance was canceled after a sermon Burrell gave calling gays and lesbians “perverted” came to light. DeGeneres is one of the highest profile lesbians in the entertainment industry. (Charles Sykes / Invision/AP)

LOS ANGELES – Ellen DeGeneres says that Kim Burrell isn’t going to appear on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” as scheduled.

DeGeneres’ statement Tuesday on Twitter came several days after Burrell refused to apologize for a sermon in which she referred to gays and lesbians as perverted.

A tape of Burrell preaching at Houston’s Love & Liberty Fellowship Church was circulated online. In it, she said that “the perverted homosexual spirit, and the spirit of delusion and confusion, it has deceived many men and women.” She referred to specific homosexual acts as perverted.

The gospel singer and Pharrell were to perform a song from the movie “Hidden Figures” Thursday on the show. DeGeneres is one of show business’ most prominent lesbians.

DeGeneres’ tweet read: “For those asking, Kim Burrell will not be appearing on my show.”

There was no further comment from the show or DeGeneres.

Pharrell posted on Instagram that “I condemn hate speech of any kind,” making no specific reference to Burrell.

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