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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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Baltimore    

What's up with all of these snakes that was " suppose to be so close to whitney " and they want to talk about Bobby Brown, these ppl are not right, some of Whitney family included. Watch this will reading next. OH BROTHER....

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D. C.    

Got one word for this......d.i.s.r.e.s.p.e.c.t. Well....maybe two words......w.h.o. c.a.r.e.s......the funeral was just fine 'without' A.F. Maybe she wanted publicity by not coming. Whitney could outsing her anyday.

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Gsharon 710    

Aretha is a sick lady who still has to pay bills. She and Whitney were good friends, but not her GodMother, just something that was said before and people ran with it. She recently spoke on that. I am surprised people are not blaming Aretha for Whitney's drug habit.

TMZ you tried to start chit with calling Whitney's stepchildren something else other than family, now you are doing it again.

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EllieS    

Maybe she just didn't want to be a hypocrite. The interview I saw - she was emphatic about NOT being the godmother and refused to comment on Bobby Brown which goes against the Houson family's ongoing vendetta. Seriously...Bobby got clean, why is everyone still blaming him? RIP Whitney, but anyone that didn't see it coming is legally blind. Go Aretha for sticking to the important things...doing your REAL job and not going to a overblown event celebrating a know drug and alcohol abuser.

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CJ    

I'm not surprised. I knew she'd make up an excuse to cancel. Aretha clearly didn't have a "real" relationship with Whitney. She said in the interview that she had not seen her in years because of their touring and busy schedule. Yeah right! You can dial her number Areatha. I read a statement that she is overrated by the public and that Patti sings circles around her... that is a true statement. She just seems fake and pretentious to me. She should have been at the funeral... And for all those who think she should have not. All of us have to work fools! She could have rescheduled. Working in the music industry, I know that Areatha already got her money before she even hit the stage you idiots... she just would have had to reschedule for the people who paid the tickets... I never brought a song from here and this just seals the deal that I never will!

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276.

Denise    

She was not her Godmother, said it many times in interviews.

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Freddie Rios    

A person using drugs now her future. dead, jail or crazy. Whitney lost her voice , her temper and her classy look cause she likes drugs, she never wanted the way out. , so she got what she deserve. Bobby ( dirty sucker) Brown will be next.

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278.

Jan    

This is just horrible, her godmother too.
How can she live with herself making that choice?

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Freddie Rios    

what is the deal..Whitney kill her self doing Rx drugs and alcohol, everyone now that.she want to kill herself , she was suffering her addiction and she never wants to rehab. Mrs. Franklin did what she can do..no regrets.

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Rhamad    

Aretha found out she wasn't getting paid, so she cancelled.

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281.

Right back at ya    

"R-E-S-P-E-C-T," really? Looks like a lack thereof. To all of those who have made a comment about Aretha's need to earn a living, come on now, the Woman is close to seventy, been doing this a very long time, and the straight-up fact, is that Whitney was her GOD DAUGHTER. She couldn't take a day-off, cancel one appearance.What's wrong with you People???????

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282.

Brian    

Wow, what a greedy selfish cow!! Godmother my ass, I have absolutely NO respect for her after such an insult!!!

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Suze Prudent    

Shame on Aretha for not showing to the funeral.this is her Goddaughter and Aretha supose to be Cissy friend.shame,shame Aretha

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284.

susan    

It was so Lame that the ugly old Aretha did not show up at the funeral of her God-daughter. No excuses witch!! I hope no one will show up at your funeral too..

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Teresa     

Heart breaking...wrong,not becoming of a God Mother. There can be no do-over's. Priorities are a part of life. Not quite sure why Ms. Franklin made this choice, but perhaps she can shed some light on a very dark decision. Honesty should be her policy if she has the conscience to apologize to the family and then perhaps ask them for forgiveness....

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