Bishop Charles H.Ellis apologized to Ariana Grande for that awkward moment at Aretha Franklin's funeral

There were a lot of controversies at the late Queen of soul,Aretha Franklin's funeral;from Ariana Grande's short dress to the Preacher,Bishop Charles H. Ellis III groping moment to making a joke about the 'god is a woman' singer's name.  But what sent the internet into a frenzy was the groping part - his hands were placed above her waist.

Gossip blogger Perez Hilton pointed it out on twitter as well as another user,Jerome Trammel. see below;

People on social media quickly made note of the awkward joke, but focused more on the uncomfortable positioning of the pastor's hands

Bishop Ellis apologized in an interview with 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,' Ellis said. 'Maybe I crossed the border, maybe I was too friendly or familiar but again, I apologize.'

'I hug all the female artists and the male artists,' Ellis said. '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 added: 'The last thing I want to do is to be a distraction to this day. This is all about Aretha Franklin.'

He also apologized about making a joke with her name where he said;'When I saw Ariana Grande on the program, I thought that was a new something at Taco Bell,' he said as the crowd erupted into laughter.

'Girl, let me give you all your respect,' Ellis continued, hugging Grande. 'Did y'all enjoy this icon? She's an icon herself.'

His apology;

'I personally and sincerely apologize to Ariana and to her fans and to the whole Hispanic community,' Ellis 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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