TMZ

Our TV Shows

Got a Tip?

Call TMZ at (888) 847-9869 or Click Here

Aretha Franklin

Calls in Sick to Whitney's Funeral

But Performs Hours Later

2/19/2012 7:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Aretha Franklin canceled her scheduled appearance at the Whitney Houston funeral service.
Aretha Franklin canceled her scheduled appearance at Whitney Houston's funeral service in New Jersey yesterday afternoon ... but was well enough to perform at Radio City Music Hall that night.

Aretha said she had been suffering from leg spasms and wanted to rest up for her show, rather than travel for the funeral. She released a statement, saying in part, "heart goes out to my dear friend Cissy, Dionne, Bobbi Kristina and the rest of the family. May God keep them all."

The Queen of Soul dedicated a portion of her show to Whitney, and also to Nick Ashford, who passed away last August. 

468 COMMENTS

No Avatar
166.

cyndy    

Shame on you ReeRee. I Lost some of the R.E.S.P.E.C.T. I had for you. You have enough money you should have been there, or at least called Dion or Cissy to let them know you weren't coming because evidently they thought you were there!!!! : -(

945 days ago
167.

Andre' Harrell    

In life "you get what you put in"...Aretha just did what's important to her. I hope she understands when she passes someday...someone else will have that exact attitude/response to her passing.

945 days ago
168.

GBeard    

Dear Aunt Re,
Go (blank) yourself.
Love Nippy

It's about R E S P E C T biatch

Rest In Peace Beautiful Whitney
We will always love you too

945 days ago
169.

JudyPA    

Aretha obviously know of her concert commitment before the funeral arrangements were made. She should have at least gone to the funeral. She was Whitney's godmother for heaven's sake! She shouldn't never have promised to sing at the funeral in the first place knowing how bad it would look if she cancelled and still performed at her concert. Stupid decisions made on her part and shame on her for not attending the funeral!

945 days ago
170.

Sara    

The truth is, Aretha was scheduled to sing one of Whitney's songs, and she knew she was going to butcher it and make a fool of herself. As her Godmother she should have showed up tho and maybe even sang badly. I don't have a Godmother, but if I had Aretha for one, I'd have the same as Whitney got right now - NOTHING.

945 days ago
171.

Kee    

Aretha Franklin is the same selfish self centered walrus she has always been. If the funeral was for a dead beat man she taking care of i'm sure she would have been there w/bells on.

945 days ago
172.

LizLemon    

Aretha's a bitch. This is nothing new, it's just par for the course. She cancels more than she appears.

945 days ago
173.

EJanvier03    

I'm pretty sure Whitney wouldn't want her to disappoint her fans

945 days ago
174.

HumanNature    

Reach Out Job Search: 4 minutes ago
What again is Aretha the "Queen" of? Last time I checked, America is a Democracy and thus, we don't elect or forego royalty titles among our citizens?


Also, if Aretha is a self-titled "Queen" then she should have used TACK and GRACE to properly inform the Houston Family of her non-attendance at her "Niece" going-home service.


Just saying....


http://www.rojsnews.com


APPARENTLY, YOU DON'T KNOW NOTHING ABOUT "MUSIC" ROYALTIES!!!!


OR BETTER YET, WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THE HOUSTON FAMILY!!!


CUT THE DEMOCRACY BS!!!


IT'S PEOPLE LIKE YOU THAT TRY TO SPREAD VICIOUS GOSSIP, SPECULATION, INNUENDOS, RUMORS, AND MORE IMPORTANTLY "LIES"!!!


WHITNEY HOUSTON WAS "NOT" ARETHA FRANKLIN GODDAUGHTER OR NIECE BUT JUST A CLOSE FAMILY FRIEND!!!


GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT!!!


WHITNEY HOUSTON IS R.I.P.!!!!


WHAT CAN YOU DO FOR THE DEARLY DEPARTED!!!


NOTHING!!!


JUST MAKE SURE THAT YOU DON'T MIX ALCOHOL AND DRUGS!!!!

945 days ago
175.

HumanNature    

Reach Out Job Search: 9 minutes ago
The "Queen" shows no tack and grace when she promised to show up at her "Niece" going-home service and didn't attend.


Aretha's singing abilities have NOTHING to do with that. That is called being RESPECTFUL to the woman Whitney Houston, who was RESPECTFUL enough to call Aretha, "Aunt Re"....PERIOD!


OH PLEASE WITH THE BS!!!


FOR THE LAST TIME, ARETHA FRANKLIN IS "NO" KIN TO WHITNEY HOUSTON!!!


WAS YOU THERE???


DO YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHAT WAS GOING ON BEHIND THE SCENE???


YOU EXPECT THE "QUEEN" TO BE THERE DUE TO HEALTH ISSUE????


WHERE IS YOUR COMPASSION FOR ANOTHER????


IF THE "QUEEN" COULD NOT BE THERE THEN SHE COULD NOT BE THERE!!!!


CASE CLOSED!!!

945 days ago
176.

Shawn    

I am no longer a fan of Aretha Franklin. Here is one less person you will have to perform for. You can always reschedule a performance. You can't just make the next funeral. Her fans would have understood, someone supposedly close to her died. Who can't understand that?

945 days ago
177.

LOL    

what goes around comes around!!!!: AF did to the Houston's what the HOUSTON'S did to
BOBBY and his KIDS!!!!

God don't like ugly!

945 days ago
178.

kennedy    

I have to agree if Aretha F said she would be there to sing at the funeral than she should have kept her word. She was the godmother. I understand everyone will have their opinion on this whole story about Ms Houston and that is Freedom Of Speech. Regardless Whitney Houston was laid to rest in a peaceful manner and she is back in God's Hand's. End of Story.

945 days ago
179.

Reach Out Job Search    

@Human Nature....

OBVIOUSLY....you can't read.


I get the point plain and clear that Aretha Franklin was NOT the late Whitney Houston's Godmother. Reading comprehension is a hellva concept. Try it!

What I stated, many times back is that the Late Whitney Houston respected Aretha Franklin enough to refer to Ms. Franklin as "Aunt Re". Somewhere with that....Aretha Franklin endearing person to Whitney Houston. Also, its' do***ented many times, that Ms. Franklin was close to the Houston Family.


With all of that...she SHOULD HAVE GOT ABROAD her TOUR BUS with a DRIVER to TRAVEL 25 MINUTES from NYC to Newark, NJ to ATTEND a "going-home service for her "Niece"....PERIOD.


Hopefully, that is clear for you now...especially since it appears you have issues with understanding what I typed upon this comment form via TMZ.com.


http://www.rojsnews.com

945 days ago
180.

allison    

I am starting not to like her. Who does she think she is. Other important people took the time out to fly to NJ. What a shame.

945 days ago
Previous 15 Comments | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | Most Recent | Next 15 Comments

Around The Web