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It didn’t take long for Twitter sleuths to piece together where in the world Ellen DeGeneres was when she skipped Dakota Johnson’s 30th birthday party on October 5—and they were not happy with what they found out. DeGeneres was seen at a Dallas Cowboys football game with George W. Bush on October 6 in Dallas, a controversial sighting that led DeGeneres to publicly defend her friendship with the former president. Johnson had her party in Malibu the night before.
DeGeneres initially gave Johnson flak for failing to invite her to her birthday party, until Johnson pointed out that she did, in fact, invite DeGeneres.
“How do you know—I don’t think so,” DeGeneres said incredulously at one point.
“Ask everybody,” Johnson replied. “Ask Jonathan, your producer.”
“I was invited?” DeGeneres asked Jonathan. “Why didn’t I go?”
“I don’t know,” Johnson told DeGeneres.
DeGeneres was eventually told she was out of town—and yes, she was likely in Dallas ahead of the game. But she didn’t say that on her show: “Oh yeah, I had that thing,” DeGeneres said, keeping it vague. “It [the party] was probably in Malibu. That’s too far for me to go to.”
Twitter put the pieces together though, and the memes came out, along with a lot of tweets taking a jab at DeGeneres and her judgement.
DeGeneres did address the controversy surrounding her friendship with Bush in October.
“People were upset,” DeGeneres said. “They thought, why is a gay Hollywood liberal sitting next to a conservative Republican president? A lot of people were mad. And they did what people do when they’re mad…they tweet.”
She later added, “Just because I don’t agree with someone on everything doesn’t mean that I’m not going to be friends with them. When I say, ‘be kind to one another,’ I don’t only mean the people that think the same way that you do. I mean, be kind to everyone.”