Is Oprah Mad at Aretha Franklin Snub?

Is Oprah Mad at Aretha Franklin Snub?

Published March 10, 2011

According to reports floating around on the web, Oprah Winfrey is upset with Aretha Franklin for not granting her the first interview about the battle she's fighting with cancer. Aretha gave the coveted interview to talk show host Wendy Williams.

Via the National Enquirer:

"Oprah is about as angry as can be," said an insider.

"This is the final season of her show, and she's been pushing to land all the big 'gets' out there. Oprah is embarrassed that Aretha—a legend—chose Wendy, who is a relative newcomer in the TV talk show world."

While Oprah, 57, gives Wendy, 46, credit for snagging the much-coveted sit-down with Aretha, she's still "steaming," adds the insider, telling pals that Wendy's show is "a long way" from hers, and criticizing it for being "silly and gossipy."

Aretha underwent surgery in December but has never publicly revealed the nature of her health issues. However, the Enquirer has exclusively reported that she is fighting pancreatic cancer, one of the most deadly forms of the disease.

Oprah was said to have had big plans for Aretha. Here's more from the Enquirer:

Oprah insisted she would've been able to outdo Wendy by using her clout to pack her show with legendary heavy hitters paying homage to the musical icon.

"Oprah was not going to keep the whole interview on the illness, which she knows Aretha is reluctant to fully discuss," said the source.

"She was going to get Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and Berry Gordy, the founder of Motown Records, for a touching tribute. But instead, Aretha chose Wendy—and Oprah is NOT happy!"



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Written by Star Rhett


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