Kim Burrell‘s radio show on Texas Southern University’s KTSU radio station, “Bridging the Gap with Kim Burrell,” has been canceled, following the backlash over the gospel singer’s anti-LGBT comments.
In a statement proclaiming the decision, the university announced, “The Kim Burrell show is no longer airing as part of KTSU Radio programming.” The Dove-winning singer launched the Sunday program — her first as a radio host — in June, but following a New Year’s Eve video of Burrell delivering a sermon that included prejudicial statements about the “perverted homosexual spirit,” she has faced a firestorm of criticism.
Burrell was also dropped from a planned appearance Thursday (Jan. 5) on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in the wake of the controversy, with Pharrell Williams — who was slated to perform with the pastor/singer — appearing instead on behalf of the soundtrack he produced for the film Hidden Figures. (Burrell was scheduled to sing “I See Victory,” from the Figures soundtrack.)
“She said some very not nice things to say about homosexuals, so I didn’t feel that was good of me to have her on the show, to give her a platform, after she was saying things about me,” DeGeneres explained of the scotched booking.
“There’s no space, there’s no room for any kind of prejudice in 2017 and moving on,” added Williams. “She’s a fantastic singer. I love her, just like I love everybody else, and we all got to get used to that.” Burrell defended her comments in a since-deleted Facebook Live video, saying she would not apologize for her words.