Bishop Issues Apology After Groping ARIANA GRANDE At ARETHA FRANKLIN's Funeral

Camille Santos

Posted at September 02, 2018

The bishop who officiated Aretha Franklin's funeral felt the full wrath of Ariana Grande's fans (and everyone else) for touching the Sweetener artist inappropriately while onstage - not to mention his racially insensitive joke about her name being "a new something at Taco Bell".

After Ari paid tribute to the Queen of Soul with her rendition of “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”, Bishop Charles H. Ellis III hugged the pop superstar above her waist and placed his hand on the right side of her breast - much to the disgust of observers.

Soon after the footage went viral, Ellis issued an apology via Associated Press. "It would never be my intention to touch any woman’s breast...I don’t know I guess I put my arm around her,” he reasoned. “Maybe I crossed the border, maybe I was too friendly or familiar but again, I apologize.”

He continued, “I hug all the female artists and the male artists. Everybody that was up, I shook their hands and hugged them. That’s what we are all about in the church. We are all about love."

He also apologized to Ariana, her fans and the Hispanic community for the joke he made, explaining that he was just trying to keep the nine-hour program by inserting "some jokes here and there.”

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