Gospel singer and preacher Kim Burrell sat down with Tamron Hall to address her history of controversial remarks this week. In addressing comments made from a pulpit in 2016 where she talked about the “perverted homosexual spirit,” Burrell said that she had a famous supporter, Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx.
"No one has ever interviewed me about what it is I'm offended by and why should it matter. A reaction from a community that says, 'we're extreme on love,' didn't respond in love, in thinking that I was being deliberate to hurt. Truth hurts. I was standing there preaching what I know is the truth," Burrell told Hall, according to Entertainment Weekly.
The singer was scheduled to appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, but her appearance was canceled after the comments.
"I have to stand on the truth, no matter what. I can be criticized for it, I can be so-called 'canceled' for it, no one has reported that my friend Jamie Foxx felt the need to call Ellen and say, 'You got this one wrong. She has been more to our community than what the world is willing to see, and we don't think that the extreme of canceling her from a show was a proper response compared to what she's done for our community."
Burrell also claimed that following the sermon her car was shot at and she had helicopters fly over her home—although the report notes that she never filed a police report.
The Grammy Award nominated singer also told Hall that she was disappointed by the criticism of her remarks by Yolanda Adams. "I was disappointed, because we've all shared the same stage, back rooms, and green rooms, and some of their public display in conversation is somewhat opposite of what it is behind stage," Burrell continued. "I would've much preferred, especially dealing with gospel, Yolanda Adams, we're both from Houston, Texas, to pick up the cell phone and say, 'Hey, I have a career to save, and I can't agree with your stance right now, I need to say something different to my public.' I would've preferred that."
Burrell most recently went viral this summer for comments from the pulpit at Kingdom City Church where she seemed to call parishioners “broke” and “ugly” and advocated against COVID vaccines. She later apologized for the remarks.