With Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez exiting American Idol, celebrities including Aretha Franklin have been very vocal about wanting to be a judge on the FOX reality talent show.
Recently during Today with Kathie Lee and Hoda, the ladies were discussing Aretha’s bid to be a judge. While discussing the hot topic Gifford expressed concern about the youth of today NOT knowing who the Queen of Soul is. “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,” Gifford said.
Within hours Aretha Franklin sent CNN this e-mail:
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. Further, my audience and fans span the age of 8 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!