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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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61.

go girl    

HA! Don't blame her for wanting to disassociate herself with this trash family and the dead drug diva.

944 days ago
62.

dave    

I find it funny how you try and make her look bad for being professional, if she has cancelled her concert she would of been letting down thousands of people. Its upto her how she pays her respects.

944 days ago
63.

wally    

she does not get paid for the funeral to sing and made an excuse only black people would belive because she is there queen

944 days ago
64.

Truth    

FUNNY THING IS... SHE TWEETED THE INFO ABOUT THE CONCERT LIKE 30 MINUTES AFTER THE FUNERAL SERVICE WAS OVER. SHE DEFINITELY WAS WATCHING IT BUT COULDNT "ATTEND"... YEA RIGHT. IT WASNT AS IF SHE HAD TO STAND FOR F'S SAKE. SHE JUST HAD TO SIT AT THE SERVICE. SHE IS A SHAMEFUL BITCH. #TRUTH!!

944 days ago
65.

jpfever    

The world doesn't stop spinning because someone died. People have obligations.

944 days ago
66.

buck    

What a bitchy witch? AF always angry, jealous, mean, nasty, whale shark and highly overrated as a singer. She is ok, not a great singer. I do not understand her as the queen of soul when you listen to her old music; she was not that good as a soul singer.

944 days ago
67.

static    

Everyone knows she has a fear of flying but she she's in NYC, She can't ride over to Jersey?
Too bad.

944 days ago
68.

mistie    

I've been an Aretha fan for years, but she was wrong for this. She should have found a way to attend at least a portion of the service as well as the concert. Newark is not that far from New York City.

Ms. Cissy is a lifelong friend and she said she loved Whitney so dearly. It would have meant to world to have her there.

944 days ago
69.

Greygoose125    

Aretha Franklin is about her money and no one is going to stop that gravy train. During an interview with Al Roker on the Today show, she seemed to distance herself by stating she WAS NOT Whitney's godmother and didn't know where that info came from. (Darlene Love - singer/actress is actually Whitney's godmother.) Aretha said she was a close family friend and Whitney did refer to her as "Auntie Ree."

Ms. Franklin certainly does like to lose money and by cancelling her show to attend the funeral she would take a loss.

944 days ago
70.

JoBina    

I guess I don't understand. How does a Person who is suppose to be your Godmother not show up to your "Home Going"? How lame of Aretha. She chose Money over Love. I guess we all know which one she loves more. I have totally lost a lot more R.E.S.P.E.C.T for her.

944 days ago
71.

Pamela SYH    

I think its very wrong for Aretha Franklin to not go to her own God daughter's funeral but show up and perform hours later. I would have went to the funeral. Shame on you Aretha Franklin. I guess you getting paid to perform was more important than being a supportive friend. Absolutely disgraceful.

944 days ago
72.

Dean    

The whole point is that the family must have called her to put her name on the list . and she already knew she had a concert .
So she could have simple say no and not agree to come although she already knew she wouldn't go

944 days ago
73.

elm    

Remember when Aretha had a sh-t fit over Beyonce introducing Tina Turner at some event as the "QUEEN OF SOUL"? These people have egos - all of 'em, especially the "divas". No doubt in her heart of hearts, Beyonce thinks she herself is the true "queen of soul".

But we all know......it's Fontella Bass!

944 days ago
74.

boricua4669    

Well, the truth is she didn't made the effort to go to the funeral ! She could go for a little while and then after singing her part, excuse herself and leave ! That would be the right thing to do ...

944 days ago
75.

Cheryl    

I can see it both ways.. however there is only ONE Whitney funeral in this lifetime. She can perform the rest of her life. She didn't seem to have any "problems" making the tv interviews last week.

944 days ago
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