“I put out a PSA because I do believe we should protect our oceans and protect the reef, and I don’t know what’s controversial about that,” she told News Corp.
Environment Minister Greg Hunt said the government had committed to supporting the Reef.
“If they are pouring money into it, good for them,” she said. “I’m glad they are.”
“I didn’t know it was a controversy but that’s exciting that people are talking about it.
“I am happy to put my name on it and get behind it. It’s important to me – I think we have to pay attention to the entire planet.”
Today host Karl Stefanovic had also questioned whether the message was really a plug for her upcoming movie, Finding Dory.
DeGeneres said, “Look, this happens to be a movie about the ocean and about fish, so obviously I’m not going to say, ‘Save the rainforest’.”