Reality TV star Chaz Bono had a big surprise when he made an appearance on comedienne Ellen Degeneres' talk show on Tuesday (13Sep11) - his mum Cher phoned in to say hello.
The transgender star was promoting his upcoming stint on Dancing With The Stars when Ellen interrupted him with a phone call.
DeGeneres, who came out as a lesbian on TV, cooed about how proud she was of Bono - and Cher agreed.
The pop superstar said, "Chaz and I actually talked about this (sex change) several times over the years and then nothing happened. And in one way I thought, 'Oh God, this is going to be so terrible. He is going to have to go through so much.'
"(But) the way he’s handled himself... My child is a wonderful child."
And she used the phone-in to address reports suggesting fans of the show have threatened to boycott it this season over the idea of a transgender man dancing with a woman.
Cher added, "I don’t know if people are that determined... if you got that excess time and that amount of hostility, I’m not so sure that I can say anything to you that would make you change your feelings.
"Those are such feelings of hostility and fear, that I don’t know that I would have any magic words to make you feel more comfortable and to soothe you into not being terrified of my child dancing on Dancing With The f**king Stars."
Her son ended the phone chat by saying, "Hi mom and thanks for all the support and I’ll give you a call later."
Bono's appearance on DeGeneres' show aired on Wednesday (14Sep11). He'll make his debut on Dancing With The Stars next week (19Sep11).