Comedian George Lopez abruptly ended his sold-out performance at Eagle Mountain Casino in Porterville, California, on Friday night, leaving the audience 30 minutes before the scheduled end of his set. The 63-year-old comedian’s early exit has sparked criticism from both fans and the venue.

Eagle Mountain Casino posted on Facebook, stating, “Tonight George Lopez let down his fans and sold-out audience by walking out and ending his show 30 minutes early.”

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A pre-show meeting had been held to plan for potential interruptions at the venue, which holds 2,000 people. However, according to the casino, despite having his security team with him Lopez chose not to continue the show and left instead. “He could have provided us an opportunity to allow our security and team to escort any hecklers out since his own private security did not,” the casino added.

Fans on social media clarified that those interrupting the show were not hecklers but rather supporters expressing their admiration. “It was not like he had 100 people heckling him,” one person commented on Facebook. “Maybe like 4. All it was was people yelling we love you and making references to old jokes.”

This is not the first time Lopez has disappointed his fans at Eagle Mountain Casino. He had previously canceled a show at the venue on April 20 due to a medical emergency, and Friday’s show was a rescheduled date.

Fans expressed their frustration, with one saying, “Soo disappointed we drove an hour and a half to see him twice now… really a letdown.” Another added, “He never wanted to be here to begin with and it showed. Sad little man. That’s why he’s divorced.”

A spokesperson for Lopez told TMZ, “It’s the venue or casino’s job to provide a good experience for both the artist and the fans, but the casino failed in this regard. The audience was overserved and unruly, and the casino staff was unable to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for the artist and guests.”

The spokesperson further stated, “George’s personal security team worked with the venue security staff to maintain order, ensure safety, and eject disruptive individuals. Unfortunately, the casino security team was not adequate to accomplish this task. George is not obligated to perform in an unsafe environment. He feels badly that those who came to see the show were unable to do so as a result.”