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    Catholic School Principal Uses Ellen DeGeneres Photo on School Flyers, Apologizes to Parents for Using "Poor Role Model"

    Ellen DeGeneres, Dance Invite

    This is unfortunate.

    Nancy Matteo, principal of St. Andrew Elementary School in Bucks County, Penn., has emailed parents an apology after using Ellen DeGeneres' Oscars photo for the school's flyers promoting their eighth grade graduation dance.

    According to Philly.com, Matteo said she was "completely wrong" to use the funnywoman's picture because the daytime talk show host "lives her life outside the teachings of the Catholic Church."

    "Perhaps I was distracted by the Oscar," she wrote, calling the entertainer a "poor role model."

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    "A role model, as defined by Webster's Dictionary, is a person who is unusually effective or inspiring in some social role, job, position, etc.," the email allegedly said. "This does not describe her at all. We work so hard to be good role models and then I go and do something stupid!"

    Along with expressing her deep regret, the principal asked parents to have "every single invitation returned and I will personally destroy them." She added, "Once again, I am sorry for my lack of forethought. I look forward to receiving the old invitations and distributing new ones."

    E! News has reached out to Ellen DeGeneres' camp for comment.

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