Gospel singer Kim Burrell's appearance on the talk show "Ellen" was canceled after footage of her delivering an anti-gay sermon at a church in Houston, Texas made its rounds on the internet.
In a statement on Twitter, daytime talk show host Ellen DeGeneres announced that she had scrapped Kim Burrell's appearance on "Ellen." The gospel singer was supposed to sing "I See a Victory" with Pharrell Williams on the show's Thursday episode but the latter instead held a solo performance, Deadline reports.
"For those asking, Kim Burrell will not be appearing on my show," DeGeneres said on Twitter on Jan. 4.
The sermon which triggered the cancellation of Burrell's performance on "Ellen" was delivered at Liberty Fellowship Church International, where she is a pastor. In the video, she is heard talking about a "perverted homosexual spirit, and the spirit of delusion and confusion" which has "deceived many men and women."
In response to the anti-gay sermon which circulated online, Williams released a statement on Instagram condemning hate speech and prejudice. He also expressed hope that 2017 and the following years will be times of "inclusion and love for all humanity."
"Ellen" fans also opposed the message of Burrell's sermon. There were Twitter messages asking DeGeneres to cancel the Gospel singer's appearance. A petition was also launched to stop Burrell from being on the show. The petition garnered around 2,500 signatures, Christian Broadcasting Network reports.
Celebrities and even Christian artists joined in condemning Burrell's sermon. Gospel artist Yolanda Adams posted a Facebook message saying hate speech is not good for the Christian cause.
One "Ellen" fan tweeted a message conveying the hope that all the gay people who were used by Burrell in her career will stop working with her. He also declared that the gospel singer's career will come to an end.
Burrell, on the other hand, denied discriminating against the LGBT community. In a statement, she said she loves gays and God loves them as well but maintained that "God hates the sin."