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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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106.

Toilethead    

Completely unethical.

871 days ago
107.

justpoor    

It has been reported that Whitney was broke and Clive was paying all her bills. We all saw the funeral, a little late for a re-run now. Let Bobbi get a job like the rest of the world, and the leeches can crawl in a hole. BOYCOTT buying aything.

871 days ago
108.

Asessina    

Next for sell to help bk will be the items in the hotel room the family stripped so nobody else could exploit. There's no end to these families that want the money from the dead skin of their loved ones.

871 days ago
109.

Jay    

I have no problem with news outlets having to pay to rebroadcast something that was already provided to people for free. After the funeral, CNN kept replaying the funeral highlights package over an over again. It's like CNN was treating the funeral like a cash cow.

871 days ago
110.

Trish    

I've read a lot of the comments here. I have to admit my first reaction was, "How can they sell the footage?!" I don't think I could do it. The death of a loved one is such a sad event. I personally couldn't see myself profiting from it. But at the end of the day, thinking with my head and not my heart...the footage would be a money maker. I'm trying not to be judgmental. I'm trying to see it from the family's point of view. They made this decision for a reason. The public's approval or disapproval will be apparent in the sales revenue. It does make them appear to be tacky and money hungry. But at the end of the day they have their reasons for doing it and it is their decision.

871 days ago
111.

WHORES    

TMZ and other mean People ...PLEASE leave this family alone...it is just her old mother and broken daughter left...Please God in Heaven...give them a break

871 days ago
112.

patty    

fyi - every one who says whitney made 50 million dollars and can't be broke - here's how that works 1. first you pay 15% to manager and 10% agent off the top
minus $12,500,000 - next it is also 50% taxes at this much money
minus $18,750,000 - that leaves whitney w/ balance of $18,750,000, now whitney stopped working about 1995, since she doesn't make royalties, she only makes money when she is working - touring, recording, commercials etc. so that is 17 years didn't really have any money coming in - that equals aprox 1.2 million dollars a year - now she kept (including her family) between 20 and 30 ppl on her payroll all the time, plus she had 5 houses she paid, plus cissy's house, plus she traveled all the time always first class w/ her whole entourage - and these are just the basic bills, you know she had more - plus here drugs - now do you see how she could be broke??? - found out clive has even been advancing her money of her future projects for years -

871 days ago
113.

justpoor    

I hope Cissy reads all the posts here. I don't support DRUG addicts or parents who put their kids on the front page to boo hoo about losing their daughter. Cissy is nothing but a grifter, low life. Shame on all of them. She needs to admit to the public that she knew Whitney was a drug user for over 20 years, get with the real world, and quit the crap. This will backfire, but gutter slimy people all crawl out of the same hole.

871 days ago
114.

GV    

If she was broke, then who the hell paid for more police officers than I have seen on a crime scene in Newark???

Such a travesty. Mayor Broker and Governor Fat Ass both attended her funeral - even though neither knew her. Half staff for flags??? Not even Iraq veterans get this honor. Shame on you Governor.

She was a drug addict, and they are treating her like she was a freaking head of state. She died in a bathtub drugged/drunk......

Wow.

871 days ago
115.

jaz    

OMG !!, and they had the audacity to trash talk Bobby Brown,...........Bobby Brown has been vindicated .

871 days ago
116.

Truth    

OH PLEASE.... EVERYONE STFU ALREADY!!! IF YOU HAD AN ESTATE LIKE MJ AND WHITNEY YOU WOULD DO THE SAME DAMN THING. EVERYONE ELSE IS MAKING TONS OF MONEY OFF WHITNEY WHY SHOULDNT BOBBI-KRIS AND THE HOUSTONS??? IT'S ESTIMATED WHITNEY MADE SOME $2 BILLION PLUS FOR ARISTA AND SONY, WHY SHOULD SHE GET A CUT AFTER 33 YRS IN THE BUSINESS??? EXACTLY... #TRUTH!!

871 days ago
117.

Sarah     

Let the BS begin now they will try to make it like MJ more money for them now she is gone.

871 days ago
118.

tmzfan    

Shameful! Can we put them all in a closet and make them listen to Stevie Wonder's song from the funeral 24/7?

871 days ago
119.

I Chinee    

Hey more power to them. Sometimes you just have to do what you gotta do.

871 days ago
120.

Rob    

How much longer will we have to hear about this crack addict? She did herself in; move on. And when will Oprah come out of the closet with Gale? Really, Gale King is invited to this party?? WHY? Oh, she's Oprah's lover.

871 days ago
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