Pete Davidson won’t stand to be disrespected at his comedy shows. He left his scheduled show at the Stress Factory Comedy Club in Bridgeport, Connecticut, on Monday after the club’s owner, Vinnie Brand, went on stage and joked about Davidson’s exes Ariana Grande and Kate Beckinsale. Apparently, Davidson asked Brand not to go out on stage, but he did anyway and sarcastically requested that the audience refrain from asking any questions about Davidson’s love life. So an angry Davidson departed the venue before his scheduled time slot. He then took to his Instagram stories to apologize to everyone who had purchased tickets. “I’m sorry that we had to leave the show before I got to go on. The owner, Vinnie Brand, disrespected me, and did something that I told him not to do,” Davidson said, “and I can’t perform under those circumstances.” He added, “Sorry again. This isn’t your fault.” Davidson and Beckinsale called it quits earlier in April after a few months of dating. He was previously engaged to Grande, though they ended their relationship in October. Davidson said he would be performing a free show for all those who purchased tickets to Monday’s gig. Brand, however, insists he didn’t joke about Davidson’s exes and was only doing what he was asked: Lay down the law with the audience and tell them they couldn’t heckle Davidson with mention of their names or they’d be “ejected immediately.” “I love and respect Pete,” Brand said. “I’m heartbroken over what he did last night.” Brand said Davidson’s security team told him earlier in the day that the comic is “very adamant” about his no-cellphone policy and no hecklers. The club owner maintained that Davidson “never said” that Brand shouldn’t go onstage and tell the audience the rules. “In fact, it’s quite the opposite,” Brand said, adding that he went over the plan with Davidson’s security team.
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