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Whitney Houston

Family Sells Funeral Footage

To "Benefit Bobbi Kristina"

2/20/2012 2:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Whitney Houston
's "home going" ceremony has turned into a money maker for her Estate -- which very quietly struck a deal to sell the video of the funeral.

Here's how it went down ... Associated Press provided a live pool feed of the funeral to media outlets around the world (including TMZ) on Saturday -- but everyone had to pull the footage 24 hours later. Why?

A rep for the family confirms the family has now "agreed to license footage to several media outlets." The rep says the family is charging "customary fees" to ... "help maximize the estate for the benefit of Bobbi Kristina."

For the record ... TMZ is not one of the chosen ones.

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31.

mary    

Jackson's/Houston's All the same.....Blood money whores!

891 days ago
32.

char    

Why not the family make money instead of non-family members profiting off her daughter or her mother. Already from the beginning photo's were sold of the hotel suite, her body being taken to the morgue etc, thats morbid. At this point I don't see why not the family putting the money in her estate. There's probably going to be alot of books written and stories sold by non-family members. We don't know what Bobbi Kritina's plans are yet maybe she'll work or go to college it's too soon after her mothers death for her to be in a hurry to decide. Just hope she stays clean and doesn't turn to self medicating to try and ease her pain.

891 days ago
33.

Sunshine    

Right move Aretha.

891 days ago
34.

icyd    

That was fast. cashing.
Sending Bobbi to Rehab will cost.

891 days ago
35.

TLW    

Look, up in the sky. It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s… vultures circling!

891 days ago
36.

Denver    

Wow! Suddenly those of us that have been labeled "haters" since the druggie killed herself, we now can be called "Told You So-ers"!!!

891 days ago
37.

Doug    

G-H-E-T-T-O !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

891 days ago
38.

Butterfly    

WHAT A SHOCK!!! UNBELIEVABLE!!! Whitney isn't even cold in her grave and now, THIS??? Does anyone know who engineered this move??? WHAT A SHOCK!!!

891 days ago
39.

I Was About To Say    

TMZ, days ago you reported that other people were already staying in the hotel room that whitney died in, now you say that the family took everything out of the room so no one can sell it. Also, I don't think the family has the right to take hotel items out of the room that do not belong to them. So, when exactly did the family supposedly take "everything" out of the room?

891 days ago
40.

justagirl    

Well sheeshh..that only took about a hot minute! I can guarantee, without any further sales of any kind, Bobbi Kristina will be taken well care of. This type of act brings the family to a filthy low. I watched that funeral on TMZ. I believe the word of the day was PRIORITIZE. Meaning: put God first in your life. Was the family listening? Apparently they were daydreaming of there next payday. So sad and quite frankly, it's down right disgusting and the family should feel nothing but dirty and ashamed.

891 days ago
41.

Susie-Q    

Some other sites are reporting her clothes are up for auction as well. MY she isn't even cold in grave yet. Also I believe her songs and all will be really famous, but it is the writers who will benefit not her daughter. Why isn't this girl in college? People can say what they want about the Donald, but those kids all worked and got college degrees. Whitney was showing her how to do drugs, and her father. Why doesn't she go to school?

891 days ago
42.

I Was About To Say    

And all of you can quit picking on Bobbi kristina, she didnt do anything to you, she lost her best friend/mother. Leave her alone.

891 days ago
43.

Telma    

Good.

891 days ago
44.

John T.    

I have never in my life heard of such a tacky thing, so hard up they sell a vidio of a funeral? Just sickening. What trailer trash. Talk about low and selling you mother out. They all lost thier meal ticket, right down to her mother.

891 days ago
45.

Mary P    

I'm wondering if they can actually do that and whether people who performed or spoke at the ceremony signed agreements to relinquish the rights to their "works". Which would now be the term if they turned it into an entertainment video. It will be incredibly interesting to see if anyone says "you will NOT make cash off my personal words" when no one told them it would be sold, rather than free use.

891 days ago
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