The 25-year-old comedian left before his scheduled performance at the Stress Factory Comedy Club in Connecticut on Monday night, and a source tells ET that he left after he felt he was "disrespected" by the owner, Vinnie Brand, who made a joke about his personal life. According to the source, Brand went out on stage -- although Davidson asked that he not -- and said, 'Don’t ask any questions about his exes, Ariana Grande or Kate Beckinsale.'"
ET spoke with Brand on Tuesday, who said that he was only telling the audience what the comedian's team demanded -- that nobody bring up Grande or Beckinsale.
"I love Pete. I've always respected him. I would never do anything to disrespect him," Brand tells ET. "Pete's security team had a long, detailed conversation with me earlier that day. They wanted no phones, no one to yell out at Pete, no yelling out about Ariana Grande or Kate Beckinsale. His advance team talked to me during the day and said the same thing. So, I went out before Pete came on, and laid down the law, saying, 'If you say anything about Ariana or Kate, you’ll be asked to leave the room.'"
"I did precisely what they told me to do," he adds. "Pete and I talked for two minutes and it was all good. I made no jokes. I love and respect Pete and I wasn’t disrespectful to Pete at all. There were no jokes about Ariana Grande or Kate Beckinsale. We are in the process of refunding everyone's money."
In a video posted on Davidson's Instagram Stories from the backseat of a car on Monday night, the Saturday Night Live star apologized to those who had tickets to the show, and said he would make it up to them at a later date.
"I'm sorry that we had to leave the show before I got to go on," he says. "The owner, Vinny Brand, disrespected me and did something I told him not to do, and I can't perform under those circumstances."
"However, everybody who got tickets to that show, I'm doing a free show for you guys," he continues. "We'll figure out where it's gonna be in the next week and we'll all get it sorted out. Sorry again, this is not your fault."