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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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31.

NYC    

Money before people, a shame. Some so called godmother you are. Your time will come too.

947 days ago
32.

Linda    

She's broke. Leave the Sister alone.

947 days ago
33.

wheatie    

If she was in a contract and did not show up to perform she could have been sued.

947 days ago
34.

Just Reading    

In all honesty I never thought much of the self proclaimed queen of soul AF, and now I think even less of this ancient stuck up over weight diva.

947 days ago
35.

HumanNature    

IF THE "QUEEN" HAD WENT TO THE FUNERAL WITH LEG SPASM AND ALL!!!


ALL OF YOU WOULD HAVE BEEN POSTING HOW A FOOL SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN TO GO!!!!


I R.E.S.P.E.C.T THE "QUEEN" DECISION!!!!


AND ANOTHER THING, SHE IS "NOT" WHITNEY HOUSTON GODMOTHER!!!

947 days ago
36.

Wonder!    

There can be no question that Aretha loved her god-daughter and if she chose not to attend that funeral. I have to respect that. I do. And so should everybody else

947 days ago
37.

Truth    

DARLENE LOVE IS HER ACTUAL GODMOTHER... AND RHEA WAS HER HONORARY AUNT HENCE, WHIT CALLED HER "AUNT RHEA". NONETHELESS SHE GAVE HER WORD AND PROMISED CISSY, WHO WAS HER BG SINGER ON MANY RECORDINGS AND CONCERTS BACK IN THE DAY... FUNNY, DIONNE CALLED OUT ARETHA AT THE SERVICE. AT ONE POINT SHE DOES SAY ARETHA "IS" HER GODMOTHER. SHE WOULD KNOW BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE. ARETHA IS A KNOWN BITCH AND ALWAYS WANTS TO BE CALLED "QUEEN OF SOUL". ARETHA IS VERY NARCISSISTIC AND WAS KNOWN TO BE JEALOUS OF WHITNEY'S SUCCESS WHICH OVERSAW HERS FOR MANY YEARS AND STILL DOES TODAY. IF ARETHA WAS THE TOP BILLED SHE WASNT GONNA SHOW - THAT'S THE WAY SHE IS - IT'S ALWAYS ABOUT HER, MUTHA EFFER!! MANY CAN BACK UP THAT STATEMENT. ARETHA IS NOT WELL LIKED BY MANY IN THE INDUSTRY IN HOW SHE TREATS PEOPLE. EVEN MICHAEL NARADA WILSON, THE PRODUCER OF ARETHA AND WHITNEY'S DUET IN THE 80'S, SAID ARETHA WAS MEAN AND DISRESPECTFUL TO WHITNEY DURING THAT WHOLE RECORDING AND VIDEO SHOOTING... S/N - DIONNE RESCHEDULED HER NEXT CONCERT TILL 2 WEEKS FROM NOW. SO IF SHE COULD DO IT SO COULD FAT ARETHA, QUEEN OF FAILED WIGHT WATCHERS. #TRUTH!!

947 days ago
38.

Kelly    

Clearly Aretha was afraid to face her own enabling and her own role in Whitney's enduring addictions.

947 days ago
39.

HumanNature    

NYC: 4 minutes ago

Money before people, a shame.


WHAT CAN ANYONE DO FOR THE DEARLY DEPARTED????


NOTHING!!!!


WHITNEY HOUSTON IS R.I.P.


LIFE STILL GOES ON!!!!

947 days ago
40.

Nicoleasm    

Im a little put off by that. Aretha is still alive and well and could've rescheduled for another day. I'm sure her fans would've understood. You can't reschedule the funeral and burial of your god-daughter. Sorry, Aretha, two thumbs down.

947 days ago
41.

Lila    

This is so wrong yet I'm sure it will no affect Miss Franklin in any way.

947 days ago
42.

tenley    

TMZ has never, ever been so deliberately manipulative and destructive in the coverage of the funeral of a white person.

947 days ago
43.

Sonja    

I am not surprised..............She is such a FAKE OLD and TIRED. She is washed up and need the money. She does NOT need to EVER go on TV talking about how she loved and adored Whitney EVER AGAIN.She has proven to the WORLD what a FAKE she really is .I am DISGUSTED by her actions.

947 days ago
44.

HumanNature    

NOW, PEOPLE WANT TO POST THAT THE "QUEEN" WAS JEALOUS OF THE "VOICE" SUCCESS!!!!


PURE SPECULATION, RUMORS, INNUENDOS, GOSSIP AND MORE IMPORTANTLY "LIES"!!!!


THE "QUEEN" SPOKE LOVINGLY ABOUT THE "VOICE"!!!!


AND THAT'S THE "TRUTH"!!!

947 days ago
45.

Butterfly    

THE ORIGINAL REPORT stated she was ill. Not a word was said about her "leg." With Ms Franklin or, without her, the service was magnificently beautiful and so were all the speakers. Love, and prayers, to the Houston family.

947 days ago
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