Pete Davidson and his fiancee Ariana Grande bear no ill will towards Bishop Charles E. Ellis III.
Ellis was called out by viewers of Aretha Franklin’s funeral for almost touching Grande’s breast when embracing her. The Bishop apologized for the encounter, but the engaged couple doesn’t feel it was necessary.
Ellis told the 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. Maybe I crossed the border, maybe I was too friendly or familiar but again, I apologize.”
“We didn’t even know it happened until after,” Davidson told Howard Stern. “It’s not cool and I feel really bad. We both don’t think that was intentional. He’s a really tall guy, she’s very little.”
And that was not the only controversy cursing Ellis. The Bishop made a joke comparing Grande to a new item on the Taco Bell menu, eliciting laughter from the “God is a Woman” singer.
“I personally and sincerely apologize to Ariana and to her fans and to the whole Hispanic community,” Ellis said after the funeral. “When you’re doing a program for nine hours you try to keep it lively, you try to insert some jokes here and there.”
“He was trying to be funny. He did a stupid joke, he’s a pastor,” the “Saturday Night Live” alum responded. “He did a sh**ty joke, broadcast it on TV. Sh**ty situation. I feel bad for the guy.”
Grande was one of the major performers honouring Aretha Franklin at her televised funeral.