Daytime host Ellen DeGeneres used her talk show Tuesday to respond to a protest of her endorsement deal with JC Penney, The Washington Post reported.
DeGeneres fired back at the group One Million Moms, which is trying to pressure JC Penney to drop DeGeneres as a spokesperson because she is gay.
DeGeneres told her viewers: “Normally I try not to pay attention to my haters, but this time I’d like to talk about it ’cuz my haters are my motivators. This organization doesn’t think that I should be the spokesperson because I’m gay. For those of you who are just tuning in for the first time, it’s true. I’m gay. I hope you were sitting down.”
She also cheered the appeals court ruling the same day overturning California’s ban on gay marriage, which we reported previously.
JC Penney is standing behind its choice of DeGeneres as its spokesperson, the story notes.
Here’s the video of DeGeneres’ comments on the subject on her show: