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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. 


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Dannette Alston    

I don't feel she was the greatest "Godmother" if that is who she claims she was. I hope and pray that no one, family or close friend, fulfills their obligations of performing somewhere else when it comes to her time when the Lord calls her home.You only die once and concerts can be many. What a shame.....and to think I had the greatest admiration for her. Her actions only reveal what type of person she is ...greedy and selfish. The whole family was counting on her even up to the time Dionne Warwick read her name from the program. I don't care to watch any more of Aretha and hear anything else about her..(Aretha Franklin)….May God keep her too!

947 days ago


alot of comments are that she had this commitment to sing and she shouldnt of cancelled her show. i am sure she knew when the funeral was and i am sure she new in advance when her concert was, so why did she say she was going to the funeral. maybe it has to do with doing those interviews about whitney, and her family didnt like that, in any case not very classy

947 days ago

JugEars McKenyan Sr..    

"REEEFA" was on the news the night before talking about how privileged she felt and blah blah blah blah and she bails out on singing at a funeral. Why did she accept in the first place if she knew she wasn't up to it>

947 days ago


It was classless of Aretha to bail last minute. I have no respect for her now. Come on Aretha. She was your goddaughter and Cissy asked you. There is no excuse for you to bail. None whatsoever. Sorry. Whitney would have showed up for your funeral and would have sang her heart out. Shame on you.

947 days ago

diana castillo    

aretha franklin is a hypocrite, first on national tv saying how she doesnt know what song she is going to sing at funeral, and next is a no show, but keeps gig at radio city music hall.. no r e s p e c t!

947 days ago

Dr. Dre    

No excuse Aretha...

947 days ago


ARETHA always jealous WHITNEY . Because she was jealous of her. Whitney's vocals. More powerful than her, and Whitney was achieved in terms of sales, rather than ignoring her. But we need ways to raise her. More than Whitney's. because, she was born before Whitney's time, she thinks she is the queen of music only.ARETHA She looks very own.
And she thought she was the only one.So we should stop to praise her too much. You're not better than Whitney's.but
Whitney was higher than ARETHA.Now I want to honor Whitney's.whitney is THE QUEEN OF POP AND SOUL I LOVE YOU WHINEY .GOOD BYB

947 days ago


this makes me very sad.. why she did not go, I don't know, but the whole thing seems rather odd.

947 days ago


You miss work for family; you don't miss family for work.

947 days ago


Umm...If I remember correctly, Whitney didn't even show up for her own father's funeral. It was something I read somewhere. That the funeral was too early. Time to quit judging and leave that up to God.

947 days ago


Did anyone think maybe this was just her way of dealing? I know several people who'd rather work than to deal with the stress of people they love.. it's life, and her choice. I think it's pretty ignorant to call her a bad person.

947 days ago


If her health was too much of an issue to even show up, but amazingly was well enough to perform for paying customers hours later, shame on her. It's quite a shame that Whitney was not more considerate of The Queen's professional obligations and couldn't die at a more appropriate and convenient time, one when AF could perhaps squeeze in at least showing up to Whitney's funeral. Unless this was a suicide and therefore planned, people usually don't know when they are going to die, people die on all kinds of inconvenient times and places, that's death. People die on Christmas, New Years, birthdays, before, during and after major events, so yeah Aretha death can be inconvenient sometimes. She can somehow make time to sit down and do face to face interviews all week, not about her previously scheduled gig at RCMH, but about her musical icon friend dying, but then can't spend 10 minutes in the church showing her respect. Everybody knows her age and she is not in the best of health, so no one would have thought any less of her, had she just come and show up, NOW however people will think less of her. It's not a good look. She milked what she could of face time on tv for a week and moved on once she was done. As far as her not wanting to travel to both places, she would have only been going from NYC to Newark, how hard could that be for her? Several months ago she backed out of her own damn engagement after being engaged for a week, so I'm not surprised by this.

947 days ago


Evidently the buffet wasn't big enough. What a piggy.

947 days ago


Aretha's invitation to the funeral was revoked after the comment she made on the televison interview the night before the funeral. Did anyone else watch that interview, I think it was on 20/20. She basically insinuated that she knew something dark about Whitney but won't say it.. Cissy cancelled her, she had to make up an excuse to the public. Shame on her!

947 days ago


She wasn't there because it wasn't centered around her. She would have been there if there weren't others performing. She is still the same old bitchy diva!! Shame on you Aretha, you were her Godmother!!

947 days ago
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