Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts had an awkward exchange with Stephanie Ramos when the correspondent said Harrison Butker received a ‘standing ovation’ following his controversial commencement speech. 

During a segment on the ABC breakfast show Thursday, Ramos said there were ‘mixed reviews in the crowd’ at Benedictine College after the Kansas City Chiefs kicker delivered a now-viral ‘sexist, homophobic, anti-trans, anti-abortion and racist’ graduation address. 

‘In the end, Butker did receive a standing ovation from the graduates and some of the attendees,’ Ramos said. 

Roberts chimed in, ‘Usually the commencement address is about the graduates, not about your personal views.’

The ABC News correspondent replied, ‘I think it’s important to remember also that the school did invite him.’ 

Stephanie Ramos said Harrison Butker received a ‘standing ovation’ after his speech

'I think it's important to remember also that the school did invite him,' she added

‘I think it’s important to remember also that the school did invite him,’ she added

She went on, ‘He’s made his catholic conservative views very well known.’ 

‘But you’re right, [it’s] uplifting,’ she concluded, though it wasn’t clear whether she was referencing Butker’s speech, or the purpose of commencement speeches at-large. 

Ramos, a US Army Reserve Major who served in Iraq, previously said Kansas City has ‘a special place’ in her heart after she sang the national anthem at a game last year. 

‘Why is she defending him in any capacity???!!!’ one person wrote in her Instagram comments after she shared a clip of the GMA segment. 

Robin Roberts said the speech should have been 'about the graduates' not 'personal views'

Robin Roberts said the speech should have been ‘about the graduates’ not ‘personal views’

The Chiefs player delivered a sexist address at Benedictine College last week

The Chiefs player delivered a sexist address at Benedictine College last week

Thousands of people have since called for Kansas City to drop the star kicker

Thousands of people have since called for Kansas City to drop the star kicker

‘Outrageous. Uplifting? Try degrading,’ another chimed in. 

It comes amid a growing petition demanding the Chiefs release the married father-of-two following his controversial remarks. 

During Butker’s speech last weekend, he congratulated the women on receiving their degrees, suggesting they were probably more excited about getting married, having children and staying at home to raise them, rather than establishing their careers.   

He also assailed Pride month, an important time for the LGBTQ+ rights movement, and President Joe Biden’s stance on abortion.

The 2017 seventh-round pick out of Georgia Tech has become one of the NFL’s best kickers, breaking the Chiefs’ franchise record with a 62-yard field goal in 2022 and earning three Super Bowl rings.

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