Legendary singer Aretha Franklin fires back at Today Show hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Hotb for popping slick about her not being a fan of flying and being too old to host American Idol. In but so many words, Gifford inferred that new generations is unaware of who Aretha Franklin is or anything about her music. Gifford says,
“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.”
It was also noted that she does not like to fly so there may be a problem with her showing up to the audition part of the Idol process. Shortly after hearing this, Franklin shot an email over to CNN defending herself. Franklin 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!”
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