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Weekend Rewind: John McCain's funeral service

Weekend Rewind: John McCain's funeral serviceFormer presidents and family delivered poignant final words as Sen. John McCain was laid to rest.



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Bishop Apologizes for 'Too Friendly' Hug With Ariana Grande at Aretha Franklin's Funeral

Bishop Apologizes for 'Too Friendly' Hug With Ariana Grande at Aretha Franklin's Funeral"Maybe I crossed the border, maybe I was too friendly or familiar.. I apologize"



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Aretha Franklin funeral bishop apologises to Ariana Grande for 'over friendly' hug

Aretha Franklin funeral bishop apologises to Ariana Grande for 'over friendly' hugThe bishop who officiated at Aretha Franklin's funeral has apologised to Ariana Grande for how he touched her onstage and a joke he made about her name. Bishop Charles Ellis III led Franklin's funeral and awkwardly greeted Grande on stage after she performed (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman. Images of the moment showed Mr Ellis' hand holding Grande well above her waist, with his fingers pressing against one side of her chest. The preacher apologised in an interview with The Associated Press at the cemetery where Franklin was interred late Friday. "It would never be my intention to touch any woman's breast. … I don't know I guess I put my arm around her," Mr Ellis said. "Maybe I crossed the border, maybe I was too friendly or familiar but again, I apologise." He said he hugged all the performers during Friday's eight-hour service. "I hug all the female artists and the male artists," Mr 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." Many people posted close-up images of the moment on Twitter, tagging it #RespectAriana. Aretha Franklin funeral: How pastor's bleak view of 'abortion after birth' in black America provoked fury Mr Ellis also apologised to Grande, her fans and the Hispanic community for making a joke about seeing her name on the programme and thinking it was a new item on the Taco Bell menu. "I personally and sincerely apologise 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." Mr Ellis' touching of Grande overshadowed some criticism earlier in the ceremony the short dress Grande wore for her performance. Numerous people posted criticisms online that the dress was too short for church. Aretha Franklin: a life in pictures Grande's representative did not return an email message seeking comment on Friday. 



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Meghan McCain's emotional eulogy at John McCain's funeral: 'The passing of American greatness'

Meghan McCain's emotional eulogy at John McCain's funeral: 'The passing of American greatness'Meghan McCain eulogized her father's death as "the passing of American greatness," directing her message squarely at President Donald Trump.



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Politicians speak at Aretha Franklin’s funeral

Politicians speak at Aretha Franklin’s funeralFormer President Bill Clinton, former Attorney General Eric Holder and others speak at the funeral of Aretha Franklin



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Bill Clinton Plays 'Think' Off His Cell Phone at Aretha Franklin's Funeral: 'It's the Key to Freedom'

Bill Clinton Plays 'Think' Off His Cell Phone at Aretha Franklin's Funeral: 'It's the Key to Freedom'Respect from the former President to the Queen of Soul



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John McCain Called on Us to Be Bigger Than the Politics of Fear, Obama Says at Senator's Funeral

John McCain Called on Us to Be Bigger Than the Politics of Fear, Obama Says at Senator's FuneralObama was one of two former presidents to speak at McCain's funeral



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Aretha Franklin funeral bishop apologizes for 'groping' Grande

Aretha Franklin funeral bishop apologizes for 'groping' GrandeThe bishop who officiated the funeral of Aretha Franklin has apologized for appearing to grope singer Ariana Grande on stage, sparking widespread outrage. The 25-year-old pop star sang the Aretha Franklin classic “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” one of a series of tributes by musicians to America’s “Queen of Soul” at her marathon funeral attended by presidents, stars and music royalty. After her performance, she was congratulated by Bishop Charles H. Ellis III, who wrapped his arm around her, his hand high above her waist and his fingers pressed against her chest.



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Jared Kushner And Ivanka Trump Attended John McCain's Funeral, But Twitter Wasn't Having It

Jared Kushner And Ivanka Trump Attended John McCain's Funeral, But Twitter Wasn't Having ItPresident Donald Trump was famously not invited to the memorial service of



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Aretha Franklin funeral: Bishop Charles H. Ellis III apologises to Ariana Grande

Aretha Franklin funeral: Bishop Charles H. Ellis III apologises to Ariana GrandeThe bishop responsible for officiating Aretha Franklin’s funeral has apologised to singer Ariana Grande after being criticised for the way he touched her on stage. Bishop Charles H. Ellis III had an awkward interaction with Grande after she performed “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”. Images of the moment showed Ellis with his arm around an uncomfortable-looking Grande, with one hand above her waist and his fingers pressing against the right side of her chest.



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