Do Your Research Then Talk About Me! Aretha Franklin Snaps on Kathie Lee Gifford

July 18, 2012  |  

Aretha Franklin wants one of these open judge positions on “American Idol” more than I thought. The singer who’s known to be quite the diva has been anything but secretive about her desire to be a judge on any singing show on TV right now, and from an email sent to CNN, she will stop at nothing to get it, including snapping on people who try to shoot down her chances.

Yesterday, “Today” hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda were discussing Aretha’s hopes of landing a spot on “Idol” now that all four are practically open, and they seemed a bit doubtful about how fit the Queen of Soul would be for the part. At one point Kathie said:

“If they are looking for a younger demographic, there are a lot of kids out there (who) actually don’t know who Aretha Franklin is. It’s sad, but they don’t.”

E! correspondent Jason Kennedy also added his doubtful two cents:

 “She doesn’t like to fly and that will make it hard for her to travel across the country for auditions.”

Without hesitation, Aretha sent an email to CNN that proved she clearly did not appreciate the hosts trying to lessen her chances of joining “American Idol.” She wrote:

While I enjoy Kathie Lee and Hoda daily, her assessment is totally wrong! I’ve been to California from Detroit four times this year and Florida. I go wherever I choose to go comfortably on my custom bus.

My audience and fans span the age of eight to 90! And are multi-ethnic, and I am very well known to young adults, tweens and teens. Their parents play my music and I take care of my business whenever I sign on the dotted line. I’m surprised Kathie Lee did not research my worldwide celebrity audience! She’s usually right on top of things with a great sense of humor, but she’s totally wrong this time. She should research me before she speaks about me. I’m sure she thought she was right; still enjoy Hoda and Kathie Lee!

Oh and one more thing:

“I could enjoy being a judge for a season or two. Let’s kick it up a few notches and have a slammin’, jammin’ season,” she added.

Someone please give this woman a chance so she can stop driving herself crazy trying to get on! I guarantee Aretha normally wouldn’t have responded to such trivial comments were she not so thirsty to get on one of these shows. Clearly she is not playing with anybody who could ruin her chances.

Aretha might have ruined her own though with that one or two seasons comment. Who tells a potential new employer they’ll only be around for a limited time? That type of thinking has “American Idol” in the mess it’s in now. The creator behind the Fox hit show likely doesn’t really care about Kathie’s comments anyway—and potentially not Aretha’s either—but for Hoda’s sake, it’s probably a good thing she didn’t comment.

Brande Victorian is the news and operations editor for madamenoire.com. Follow her on twitter @Be_Vic.

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