"What I don't get is she's sitting there in Givenchy, full makeup, saying, 'I'm a traditionalist.' I'm like, 'What?' " Lance Bass said of Caitlyn Jenner

By Michele Corriston
Updated September 09, 2015 05:20 PM
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Lance Bass made history when he married husband Michael Turchin in December: The stars became the first gay couple to tie the knot on American TV.

So, as a Kardashian family friend, what does the ex-‘NSYNC singer – who came out on the cover of PEOPLE in 2006 – think of Caitlyn Jenner‘s stance on same-sex marriage?

“What I don’t get is she’s sitting there in Givenchy, full makeup, saying, ‘I’m a traditionalist.’ I’m like, ‘What?’ ” Bass, 36, joked on The Meredith Vieira Show on Wednesday.

Still, he said, “I have to give her some room, too, because I mean, even when I came out, I still caught myself saying, ‘Oh, she’s so hot,’ like doing that thing that you trained yourself to do for so many years, so I think we should give her a little room to grow.”

“And if you’ve had a belief system for so long, it takes time,” host Meredith Vieira added.

Jenner, 65, made her first talk show appearance Tuesday, telling Ellen DeGeneres that her conservative views on social issues are slowly evolving since she transitioned from male to female earlier this year.

“I have to admit that I remember 15 years ago, 20 years ago whenever it was the whole gay marriage issue came up at first, I was not for it,” the Olympian explained. “I thought am a traditionalist. I’m older than most people in the audience. I like tradition and it’s always been between a man and a woman and I’m thinking I don’t quite get it. But as time goes on like a lot of people on this issue I’ve really changed thinking here to I don’t ever want to stand in front of anybodys happiness.”

Speaking to Howard Stern on Tuesday, DeGeneres expressed her surprise at Jenner’s opinion: “She still has a judgment about gay marriage. I said, ‘You’re wanting people to understand and accept you – this is like, really confusing to people – and you still have a judgment about gay people and marriage.’ “