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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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76.

annie stu    

this is heartless just like mj,all the mooks livin of them,the family,possee,please,scam city,and all in the name of god,on sat.it was god this and god that,all of these people in the church know the truth and how the lived off of whitney,you bow your heads and say amen over and over and your bible reading,and you all know and did nothing,they like the jackson family should be jailed,they are cons,hiding in church,and actions speak louder than words,in one weekend they bury her and then sell her stuff,i wish bk runs as faraway as she can,go to rehab,college,change her last name and finds a mentor,also sue these enablers who helped her to the bathroom.

923 days ago
77.

ChocCookie    

Those Houston's are some thrifty people because I don't think they spent one time on Whitney's funeral nor her being laid to rest in Westfield NJ where I have family members laid to rest, and it's open to the public. Wighams funeral home is one of the lowest grade funeral homes in NJ. In fact, it's just one step up from Perry's funeral home in Newark which is the lowest grade, so why would the Houston pick Wighams? Umm...Wighams probably agreed to do it for free for publicity. I understand Whitney wanted to be laid to rest next to her father but this woman was a Mega/International star, and you have some crazy people in the world. Perhaps the Houston's are planning on securing the area where Whitney and her father are located. Perhaps, there is some truth to the rumors of Whitney being broke because it would all make sense. R.I.P Whitney

923 days ago
78.

TJ    

It doesn't take long for the vultures to come out.Priscilla Presley did the same thing with Elvis' estate.She became a multimillion and they had been long divorced. EX wife ,Priscilla, continues to live off of Elvis to this day.

923 days ago
79.

ChocCookie    

Those Houston's are some thrifty people because I don't think they spent one DIME/PENNY on Whitney's funeral nor her being laid to rest in Westfield NJ where I have family members laid to rest, and it's open to the public. Wighams funeral home is one of the lowest grade funeral homes in NJ. In fact, it's just one step up from Perry's funeral home in Newark which is the lowest grade, so why would the Houston pick Wighams? Umm...Wighams probably agreed to do it for free for publicity. I understand Whitney wanted to be laid to rest next to her father but this woman was a Mega/International star, and you have some crazy people in the world. Perhaps the Houston's are planning on securing the area where Whitney and her father are located. Perhaps, there is some truth to the rumors of Whitney being broke because it would all make sense. R.I.P Whitney

923 days ago
80.

tgrfan42069    

now you see why they dont want bobby seeing her.if he gets in her ear.boom crash their gravy train.now they cant have that now can they

923 days ago
81.

Lulubelle    

It was a beautiful ceremony but is nothing sacred? Selling the video of a funeral??? Bobbi Kristina was staying at the Beverly Hilton and was at the mall when Whitney died so how broke can they be? Who can afford that? Besides,she needs help other than financial besides it being a creepy thing to do.

923 days ago
82.

Mel    

Riiight...like I really believe they are solely looking out for Bobbi's interests.

923 days ago
83.

Capital Games    

Too bad, even the jobs Bobbi K is qualified for require a pizz test.

923 days ago
84.

char    

It's probably some sort of legal manuver so non family won't copy and sell it. I doubt they will make much money off of something millions of people saw free. Now if they had charged for us to see it originally that would be all wrong. Why should we care if the stars that spoke and sang there don't care.

923 days ago
85.

patty    

no whitney never asked to be buried next to her father - especially cuz she hates his wife, and now she will spend eternity w/ her too, cissy and dionne said she wanted to be buried in atlanta, but the rest of the family wanted new jersey and finally pushed cissy into that decision - makes sense now - they were being cheap!

923 days ago
86.

Sonja    

Yah right for the daughter of the man they can't stand. Not a dime for themselves right??

923 days ago
87.

californiadreamin    

I would have to say that if this is TRUE, how disrespectful on every level. Classless in fact. I also don't believe for 1 second that she is buried next to her father..that was entirely too fast to lay someone in the ground. The only way that would be possible is if they drove up, jammed on the brakes, ditch the coffin and rolled out with the family sitting in their limo's. It take about a half an hour to do a burial. From back of hearst to ground! As far as them selling off the video for the funeral, i watched that thing, there is nothing on there "sell able" Unless seeing Jesse Jackson squirm in his seat for 4 hours is interesting, or maybe the girl behind him who OBVIOUSLY wanted to be on TV..the singing was nice by the Winans, R.Kelly FAKE A$$, KC did fab.. but I couldn't figure out if Dionne Warwick knew Aretha Franklin was not there, why did she announce her? Or perhaps, as non lucid as she sounded, she "forgot". D.W seemed more like a employee of the funeral home than a grieving family member. I think they W.H. body to ATL to be honest.. the old hide the body, make everyone believe she is here when she really is "over" there.
I hope that there is peace for WH now.. BK is in for a rude awakening if she thinks that all that $$ is there.. all news reports state Clive was paying for a lot of WH stuff, waiting for to produce that last album and making his $$ back...
WEll, she has no Bodyguard and everyone was waiting for to Exhale! so sad, so friggin sad when you can control all of it!

923 days ago
88.

Brenda    

Wow!!! I can't believe I am reading this!!! How could any family member sell footage of a loved ones funeral!! This is disgusting!! I feel bad for Whitney more then ever!! I guess she was a meal ticket for her family and now that's she gone they use her funeral footage to line their pockets!! Bobbi Kristina needs to get a job just like everyone else has too!!It really makes you think about why Whitney did drugs when her own family sells her funeral footage! This is just plain wrong!

923 days ago
89.

patty    

oh and btw - whitney didn't have to pay for any of her rooms in the beverly hills hilton, or the travel, she came there to perform for clives party, so the record company payed all her bills for staying there and to travel there too

923 days ago
90.

pk    

Jeese! didn't take long, what a shame!

923 days ago
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