Bishop Charles H. Ellis III has apologized to Ariana Grande for how he touched her onstage, which sparked instant backlash online. 


Ellis, who officiated at Aretha Franklin’s funeral, greeted Grande after her performance of “Natural Woman” and placed his hand against one side of her breast. Videos and images of the moment went viral and drew criticism. "I don't know, I guess I put my arm around her," Ellis continued. "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. 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."


In addition, he also apologized for making a joke about Grande’s name on the program saying he “thought that was a new something at Taco Bell”. "I personally and sincerely apologize to Ariana and to her fans and to the whole Hispanic community," Ellis later said in his interview. "When you're doing a program for nine hours you try to keep it lively, you try to insert some jokes here and there."