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Bishop Apologizes for Touching Ariana Grande's Breast at Aretha Franklin's Funeral

Bishop Apologizes for Touching Ariana Grande's Breast at Aretha Franklin's Funeral

Bishop Charles H. Ellis III has issued an apology for the way that he touched Ariana Grande while on stage together at Aretha Franklin‘s funeral.

The bishop greeted Ariana after her performance of “Natural Woman” and wrapped his arm around the singer, with his hand touching the side of her breast.

“It would never be my intention to touch any woman’s breast. … I don’t know I guess I put my arm around her,” Ellis told USA Today. “Maybe I crossed the border, maybe I was too friendly or familiar but again, I apologize. The last thing I want to do is to be a distraction to this day. This is all about Aretha Franklin.”

Ellis also apologized for joking that he thought Ariana‘s name was an item on the menu at Taco Bell.

“I personally and sincerely apologize to Ariana and to her fans and to the whole Hispanic community,” he said. “When you’re doing a program for nine hours you try to keep it lively, you try to insert some jokes here and there.”

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  • suzybel

    Dude, seriously!

  • KS_in_TP

    I’m glad he was forced to address both issues. I was grossed out by the hand thing and the TB “joke”.

  • Nunya

    The fact that he was so brazen to do it in front of all those people makes you wonder if hes that friendly or familiar with his young parishoners. Then to say “maybe I crossed a border” Um you think?!

  • Lucy

    The man should be fired. Disgraceful, and illegal to grope a woman against her will.

  • Piper

    If someone made a joke about African Americans that person wouldn’t get off so easy, it’s very hypocritical.

  • John Black

    she’s not hispanic!

  • Esoteric11

    The Taco Bell joke was about her last name. Not her race. I think he knew exactly what he was doing when he put is arm around her though.

  • chaz

    It’s like the funeral became thr ariana grande show…I’ve heard more about her than Aretha

  • chaz

    Oh dang I didn’t even realize the crossed the border was another underhanded racist jab until you wrote it. This guy is race baiting

  • toastie postie

    I didn’t even really notice it, for I wasn’t paying attention to that part of the program. Wasn’t until it was shown on twitter and just ugh. She was so uncomfortable. This is probably a habit of his and he just got caught. I hope he will stop being touchy feeley from now on.

  • cuzjcacjo

    i was more disgusted by his racist joke. geesh, just imagine if someone made a black joke. but mexican jokes are ok? he needed to apologize

  • cuzjcacjo

    i was more disgusted by his racist joke. geesh, just imagine if someone made a black joke. but mexican jokes are ok? he needed to apologize

  • Pamela

    Bishop Cop a Feel.

  • Pamela

    Bishop Cop a Feel.

  • Lewisbieber

    she dresses terribly

  • Alba

    I’m not sure though, why is he apologizing to the “Hispanic community” here, for “offending” Tacos?
    Ariana isn’t even of hispanic descent.

  • Pimpcessa

    What were your thoughts on his racist comment? Or is that ok?

  • Joe Madden

    All this Black Girls Rock and like seen on BET, is not right if there were White People Rock on a white only channel or like it would be racist.
    Also seems Sports are all about Black People Crying about Rights. Theres poverty on both sides and Black people are still stuck in the 60s and 70s
    open your eyes its even now…Stop trying to take Charge now.

  • Lanre Oke

    No true man of God in his right senses would have gotten too familiar and friendly to a stranger is such a casual manner. Disciplined male teachers dont even act that way with female students. Only Perverts. What? so he didnt feel the boobs and sense the slight resistance?