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Jenna Bush Hager defends George W.’s friendship with Ellen DeGeneres

“People can have different beliefs and still be friends”: Jenna Bush Hager defends the highly controversial friendship of her father George W. Bush with Ellen DeGeneres

  • Jenna, 38, was on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen on Wednesday evening when a caller asked her to assess the controversy
  • In October, many Ellen fans were angry with a viral video of her sitting next to former president and his wife Laura during a football game in Dallas Cowboys
  • Jenna emphasized that “people can have different beliefs and still be friends”
  • The former first daughter added that she also thinks that “decency and humanity must be at the basis of all conversations”

Jenna Bush Hager defended the friendship of Ellen DeGeneres with her father George W. Bush after the talk show was confronted with resistance because of sitting with the former president at a football game.

Today’s 38-year-old presenter was up Bravo’s watch What happens live with Andy Cohen on Wednesday evening when a caller asked her to take part in the controversy over the viral video of Ellen with her parents in a Dallas Cowboys competition in October.

“I had just had a baby, so to be honest, I didn’t pay much attention to it,” admitted Jenna, who welcomed her third child, Hal, in August. “But I do think people can have different beliefs and still be friends.

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Clean up: Jenna Bush Hager weighed up the controversy surrounding Ellen DeGeneres' friendship with her father George W. Bush on Watch What Happens Live on Monday

Clean up: Jenna Bush Hager weighed up the controversy surrounding Ellen DeGeneres’ friendship with her father George W. Bush on Watch What Happens Live on Monday

Throwback: In October, many Ellen fans were angry with a viral video of her sitting next to former president and his wife Laura during a football game in Dallas Cowboys

Throwback: In October, many Ellen fans were angry with a viral video of her sitting next to former president and his wife Laura during a football game in Dallas Cowboys

Throwback: In October, many Ellen fans were angry with a viral video of her sitting next to former president and his wife Laura during a football game in Dallas Cowboys

“I think so,” Andy agreed.

The former first daughter added that she also believes that “decency and humanity must be at the basis of all conversations.”

In October, many Ellen fans were angry with a video of her and her wife Portia De Rossi who sat next to them talking to former president and his wife Laura.

Ellen talked about the kickback in her show and explained that people were unhappy with seeing a “gay Hollywood liberal next to a conservative Republican president.”

Keep it real: Jenna emphasized that “people can have different beliefs and still be friends”

Recoil: Ellen spoke about the recoil in her talk show and defended her friendship with the former president

Recoil: Ellen spoke about the recoil in her talk show and defended her friendship with the former president

Recoil: Ellen spoke about the recoil in her talk show and defended her friendship with the former president

Recoil: Ellen spoke about the recoil in her talk show and defended her friendship with the former president

Recoil: Ellen spoke about the recoil in her talk show and defended her friendship with the former president

“Here’s the thing: I’m friends with George Bush. I’m even friends with many people who don’t share the same views as me, “she said.

During Jenna’s appearance at WWHL, she was also asked about the biggest misconception about being a child of an American president.

“It’s a bit hard to tell what people think of you, because nobody comes to you, you know,” she explained. People don’t really know my parents, you know, who they are as my parents. “

While Jenna struggled to think about some of the misconceptions she encountered over the years, her Today co-host Hoda Kotb, 55, jumped in to say it was a pleasure working with her.

Nice to work with: Jenna's Today co-host Hoda Kotb said she is one of the most sober people

Nice to work with: Jenna's Today co-host Hoda Kotb said she is one of the most sober people

Nice to work with: Jenna’s Today co-host Hoda Kotb said she is one of the most sober people

Keep it real: Jenna emphasized that most people don’t really “know” her parents or who they are as parents

Looking back: when asked about the misconceptions she was the first daughter to deal with, Jenna said that some people think she is “not a hard worker”

“I think you’re one of the most sober people,” she told Jenna. “We work with her every day, and you never get the feeling that you’ve lived a different life than the kind of life we’ve lived.”

Jenna pointed out that she and her twin sister, Barbara Bush, were both students when her father first took office in 2001.

“We didn’t live in the White House. People will always say, “How was it there?” “She said, explaining that she spent the first half of her father’s board in her home state as a student at the University of Texas at Austin.

“It’s hard to tell what people think about me, but I probably think … I’m not a hard worker,” she added. “I’m trying to fight that a bit.”

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