Was Courtney Stodden just too hot to handle?
The Abbey, a landmark gay bar in West Hollywood, has pulled the plug on what would have been the 18-year-old's live singing debut next Wednesday—a performance that was also supposed to include, dry your eyes now, a romp on a stripper pole.
"Her management approached the Abbey but ultimately she just wasn't a fit," a rep for the bar tells E! News. Team Stodden, however, has another theory.
"It was too much for the Abbey to handle, too much press and controversy," says Stodden's mom, Krista Keller. "Courtney's not disappointed. She rolls with the punches."
And her reps over at Media Giants are pinning the blame on nightlife giant SBE, which owns the Abbey.
"The reasons for the cancellation provided by SBE are a mystery to us and based on fear, in our opinion," rep Jim Strzalkowski said in a statement, noting that the Abbey had been informing members of the press that they wouldn't be allowed inside to cover the show.
"It is most unfortunate that a venue such as the SBE-controlled Abbey needs to approve and censor performers that audiences want to see, and would not be able to control the crowds and paparazzi anxious to see Courtney's show," he said.
"Courtney Stodden has a huge gay fan base and truly loves and adores everyone in the community," Strzalkowski concluded. "At this time, Courtney is heartbroken and we are currently seeking alternate opportunities for Courtney to make her debut club performance in West Hollywood."
—Reporting by Marcus Mulick and Holly Passalaqua