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Here's How Celebrities Are Reacting to Ellen DeGeneres' Statement About Being Friends with George W. Bush

Ellen DeGeneres made major headlines over the past few days after she was seen sitting next to former President George W. Bush at an NFL game over the weekend.

Ellen made a lengthy statement about her friendship with the former politician, saying, “I’m friends with a lot of people who don’t share the same beliefs that I have. We’re all different and I think we’ve forgotten that that’s okay that we’re all different…Just because I don’t agree with someone on everything doesn’t mean I’m not going to be friends with them.”

Ellen has received some praise from celebrities, including Jennifer Garner, Reese Witherspoon, Gwen Stefani and more. But she’s also received criticism from others like Mark Ruffalo and Susan Sarandon.

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Mark Ruffalo Criticizes Ellen DeGeneres' Defense of Her Friendship With George W. Bush

Mark Ruffalo does not agree with Ellen DeGeneres‘ defense of her friendship with former United States President George W. Bush.

After the daytime TV host called for kindness towards everybody and defended their friendship despite political differences, the 51-year-old actor spoke out on Twitter on Wednesday (October 9).

“Sorry, until George W. Bush is brought to justice for the crimes of the Iraq War, (including American-lead torture, Iraqi deaths & displacement, and the deep scars—emotional & otherwise—inflicted on our military that served his folly), we can’t even begin to talk about kindness,” Mark wrote in response to a headline about Ellen‘s call for kindness.

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Ellen DeGeneres & Portia de Rossi Sit Next to George W. Bush & Laura Bush at Cowboys Game

Ellen DeGeneres takes in one of the NFL’s biggest games of the week, the Green Bay Packers vs the Dallas Cowboys, at AT&T Stadium on Sunday (October 6) in Arlington, Tex.

While at the game, the talk show host and her wife, Portia de Rossi, met Texas Governor Greg Abbott, as well as some of the football players playing in the game that afternoon. In addition, Ellen and Portia were seated right next to former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura Bush inside one of the stadium’s private boxes, according to footage from during the game.

The Cowboys lost the game 34-24. This moved the Cowboys’ record to 3-2, while the Packers, led by quarterback Aaron Rodgers, now have a record of 4-1.

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Lady Gaga Makes Surprise Appearance at Benefit Concert with 5 Former Presidents

Lady Gaga makes a surprise appearance to perform on stage at the Deep From the Heart: The One America Appeal concert to raise money for hurricane relief efforts.

The concert, which took place on Saturday (October 21) in College Station, Texas, also featured all five of the living former Presidents, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, and Jimmy Carter.

“Nothing more beautiful than everyone putting their differences aside to help humanity in the face of catastrophe. #OneAmericaAppeal” Lady Gaga tweeted, along with a photo of her with the former Presidents.

The organizers of the event announced that they had raised $31 million from more than 80,000 donors.

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Dennis Quaid to Play George W. Bush in 'Katrina: American Crime Story'

Ryan Murphy‘s upcoming series Katrina: American Crime Story has found its George W. Bush.

Dennis Quaid has been cast to play the former president in the Emmy-winning anthology, according to EW.

Bush was in office during the 2005 natural disaster that devastated the South.

The cast also includes Matthew Broderick as Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Director Michael D. Brown, and Annette Bening as Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco.

There are also rumors that Sarah Paulson may have a role too.

Katrina: American Crime Story will follow the second series, which is filming now about the death of designer Gianni Versace.