Former President George W. Bush said he "appreciated" friend Ellen DeGeneres' comments about respect after the comedian took a stand against the Twitter mob shaming her for sitting next to Bush at a football game.
Bush's spokesman, Freddy Ford, told Fox News exclusively on Tuesday: "President and Mrs. Bush really enjoyed being with Ellen and Portia (de Rossi) and appreciated Ellen’s comments about respecting one another. They respect her. "
The former president's comments come after DeGeneres was photographed sitting next to him at a Dallas Cowboys-Green Bay Packers game on Sunday.
The backlash over the pictures caused DeGeneres to defend her "friend" on her talk show on Monday.
Yes, that was me at the Cowboys game with George W. Bush over the weekend. Here’s the whole story. pic.twitter.com/AYiwY5gTIS— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) October 8, 2019