Caitlyn Jenner has canceled a five-city speaking tour that was scheduled to kick off next month, disappointing fans who have been following her since before her transition.
Jenner, 66, canceled the tour in December "due to conflict with another work commitment," a rep confirmed to "Entertainment Tonight."
The Olympic gold medalist formerly known as Bruce Jenner was slated to speak in San Francisco, Denver, Seattle, Vancouver, and Toronto beginning Feb. 22.
"We spoke to the Toronto venue and they told us there were still 'a lot' of tix left for Caitlyn's speaking engagement when she backed out," TMZ reported
"Despite that, we're told it was absolutely canceled purely due to the scheduling issues. Interestingly, Bruce's speeches used to sell out on the reg. Maybe Caitlyn should reach back for a few tips on how to fill the house," the celebrity gossip site continued.
USA Today reported that Jenner's tour
was scheduled by the lecture series Unique Lives & Experiences. Tickets for her speeches ranged from $50 to $500.
Jenner's speech was to focus on "Caitlyn's personal journey with an inspiration-message of acceptance towards the transgender community and what it takes to lead an authentic life, followed by a short, moderated, question-and-answer period," Unique Lives spokesman Howard Szigeti told USA Today in October.
Some in the LBGTQ community have criticized Jenner in the past, saying that her celebrity status has shielded her from the issues that commonly face people who are openly transgender, the newspaper noted.
Jenner's comments on marriage last September also raised eyebrows. She told Ellen DeGeneres at the time
that she was "a traditionalist. I'm older than most people in the audience. I kind of like tradition, and it's always been a man and a woman. I'm thinking, 'I don't quite get it.'"
After the interview, DeGeneres told Howard Stern on his show that she found Jenner's comments ironic.
"She still has a judgment about gay marriage," DeGeneres told the radio host. "I said, 'You're wanting people to understand and accept you — this is like, really confusing to people. And you still have a judgement about gay people and marriage.' She goes, 'Well if the word marriage is that important.' It is. That's the word. We want the same thing."
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