Ellen DeGeneres has booted Kim Burrell off her show after a video of the singer/pastor’s homophobic sermon went viral.
An excerpt from Ms Burrell’s sermon, believed to have been taped at the Love & Liberty Fellowship church in Houston, caused a storm after she referred to “the perverted homosexual spirit”.
She warned members of her congregation that if they engaged in homosexual behaviour while they professed to be Christians in 2017 that they would die from it.
“Anybody in the room who is living with a homosexual spirit, beg God to free you,” Ms Burrell said.
“If you play with it in 2017 you’ll die from it. If you play with it in 2017 in God’s house you’ll die from it. Y’all came to hear about carnal, I came to tell you about sin.
“That perverted homosexual spirit is a spirit of delusion and confusion and it has deceived many men and women. And it has caused a stain on the body of Christ.
“And those homosexual spirits have been angry and they come up against you (saying} ‘you gotta love everybody.’ Sit down you serpent.
“You cannot give instructions to God’s holiness with that much perversion. You, as a man, would open your mouth and take a man’s penis in your face? You are perverted and you better not tell me, thus saith the Lord. You are perverted,” she said.
“You are a woman that would shake your face in another woman’s breasts? You are perverted, and it’s coming into our church and it has embarrassed the Kingdom of God.”
Ms Burrell (pictured) was due to appear on Ellen’s show tomorrow with Pharrell Williams and Hidden Figures stars Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe for a performance of I See a Victory, the track she contributed to the Hidden Figures soundtrack.
Pharrell, best known for his huge No. 1 hit Happy, posted a note on Instagram that read: “I condemn hate speech of any kind. There is no room in this world for any kind of prejudice.
“My greatest hope is for inclusion and love for all humanity in 2017 in beyond.”
Ms Burrell attempted to downplay the issue in a Facebook Live broadcast in the wake of the row: “I never said all gays were going to hell. I never said ‘LGBT’… I said ‘SIN’.
“To every person who is dealing with the homosexual spirit, that has it, I love you and God loves you but God hates the sin in you and me. Anything that is against the nature of God.
“I make no excuses or apologies. My love is as pure as it comes.”
But following a flood of complaints from her adoring fans, Ellen confirmed on Twitter: “For those asking, Kim Burrell will not be appearing on my show.”
For those asking, Kim Burrell will not be appearing on my show.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) January 3, 2017