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Kathie Lee Gifford Disses Aretha Franklin!

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Oh sweet, silly Kathie Lee!

You just spew out every fancy that passes through that hollow headspace of yours, don't you!

On Monday's Today Show, Kathie Lee Gifford weighed in on the possibility of Aretha Franklin joining the almost empty American Idol judges panel.

The stereotypically blonde talk-show host expressed:

"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."

And this information is coming form a plethora of official data, right Kathie?

Well, the soulful serenader responded via e-mail to Kathie's remarks, stating:

"…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!

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."

OK, yes, obviously teens aren't rocking out to Aretha on the reg, but her TALENT and legacy are undeniable!

She's electric, passionate, AND has more to teach aspiring singers than ANYONE we can think of…

Now who would fill the other spot? It looks like it has a Perez bum-shaped seat to us!


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36 comments to “Kathie Lee Gifford Disses Aretha Franklin!”

  1. 1

    PEEREX you are completely FULL Of SHIT. KLG is probably right, all of the poppette listeners of pop and rap and hip hop, don't know who AF is af furthernore don't give a shit.

  2. 2

    Perez, I think you are wrong on this one. I couldn't agree with KL more! I don't see it as a diss. It's not a "fact" but it's a pretty reasonable assumption. Kids might know who Aretha is because most everyone knows "Respect" but I doubt many kids know her career. Sorry, but some people do not understand it. I think she would be a great judge - but I do not think Kathie Lee was wrong. Aretha was kind of harsh.

  3. 3

    what kathie lee said isn't even a little bit of a diss and as someone who constantly makes comments and posts about things without any actual proof, i'm surprised you'd ask for stats on this very obviously correct comment. stop trying to make something out of nothing

  4. 4

    Re: blondly7 – Agreed. Well said.

  5. 5

    She is probably right! Go ask the demographic of who watches/votes for AI, I bet a lot of them don't know who Aretha Franklin is. It isn't a diss at all.

  6. 6

    Isn't Kathy Lee that NASTY TALENTLESS KUNT who enslaves little kids in those Sweat-Shops pumping out her cheap stretchy-pants & her husband is fucking every 20 year-old NYC whore while she's flapping her lips on whatever TV gig she's on?

  7. 7

    KLG is right - Aretha might bring in some older people - over 50 (not the demographic AI wants). Also - Aretha is a bit of a diva (not a slam - she put her time in) so I can't see her working within the live timeframe of AI. Maybe AI's time has come and gone.

  8. 8

    She is right! Who wants an old, wash-up, eats too much, can't fly soul singer on the show? She is a hot mess and has been for quite a while.

  9. 9

    I agree with KL. It is a shame, but unfortunately, AI's demographic is mostly very young girls, and instead of attracting older viewers with someone like Aretha, they are more likely to loose the ones they have. AI should bow out gracefully, they had a good run.

  10. btwinny says – reply to this


    I will agree with KLG on this one!!! Aretha is irrelevant now. The younger generation is not as familiar with her as she thinks they are. I will tell you this … if she judges, Im done watching the show. After that stunt she pulled with her "I may have pancreatic cancer and am in recovey" while probably was just have gastric bypass…. *clap clap* Im out. Completely disrepectful to anyone who is a cancer survivor. Aretha can kiss my ass.

  11. 11

    Re: blondly7

    Agreed! Aretha would not be a draw to AIs demo. KLG did not mean it as a diss…she said "sadly" kids dont know Aretha….and she is right.

  12. er says – reply to this


    I don't really think what KLG said was a diss. It's most likely true, and I actually love Aretha and think any singer worth their salt would value her advice dearly. It's not a knock on Aretha's talent or credentials, it's her relevance to a younger demographic.

  13. 13

    KLG is as annoying as nails on a chalkboard but she is right. Like everyone else said this was no diss, if anything she was dissing today's youth.

  14. nationalenquirer says – reply to this


    See ? This is why you CANNOT be taken seriously. You take your little kunty jabs at people. Calling her stereotypical blonde and a hollow headspace, you just can't be nice.
    You can disagree with her but name calling ?
    You have not changed and the reporting by you is simply awful, just awful.
    And you on idol ? haha It may be "cute" to pander about for the job but I bet your phone will NEVER ring and it's because of what you do and say on this website….:)

  15. 15

    K just read Aretha's rebutle…"harsh" she did some self promotion (good for her) and complimented and admitted to watching that crap show. I thought it was pretty nice. Perez do you ever discipline your interns when they are ridiculous. they make you look silly.

  16. 16

    When did Aretha Franklin stop being relevant ? Years ago!
    She surfs on a dozen of hits.
    Only a dozen.
    Come on !

  17. 17

    How is this a diss at all? If anything, Aretha's response was far more snarky and rude than it needed to be.

  18. 18

    sure ask a beiber fan who aretha is they would not have a clue

    gurl let her ego get away on her

    being on idol maybe will help them know who she is

  19. Ben from Baltimore says – reply to this


    This coming from Kathie Lee, the woman who quit working with Michael Gelman, Art Moore, and Regis Philbin on Live with Regis and Kathie Lee to pursue a music career that turned out to be a complete failure? The only job that she could get after her failed music career is being one of the Today Show's 2 resident alcoholics and booze pushers. I'll take what Kathie Lee said with a grain of salt.

  20. 20

    I've been in 'the business' for almost 50 years…I call my kids and asked them to talk to their friends who have teen children. The answer: less than 1/2 knew anything about Aretha and those that heard of her thought she was dead.

  21. 21

    this is not a diss and KLG is slightly right. I know young kids who know Aretha songs word from word. I am 24 and I have her greatest hits albums and love it. I like to listen to music with real lyrics instead of most junk on the radio. I like to hear a real voice. I think Patti Labell and Tina Turner. Now those are divas. I love it !!! and they earned thier fame the old fashion way by live singing and great songs. Perez no you can not be a judge. you like Kat Graham enough said

  22. 22

    Who is this Kathie Lee person?

  23. 23

    I dont think she meant it to be taken as an insult. I think she just pointed out that younger kids today probably havent heard of her just like how alot of younger kids know who justin beiber is but not paul mccartney. Theyre from a different time and yes its disappointing but its true. I dont think she meant any harm.

  24. Alliestp says – reply to this


    Oh please. Areatha is a fat cow, who's done nothing of relevance in 20 years. She continues to miss performances due to health reasons and has fans who are gay, black and over 30. KLG was definitely right in her assumption that the younger demographic will not associate with Ms. Franklin; and Ms. Franklin needs to come off her high horse and stop pretending she is something she's not. She also needs a diet.

  25. carina says – reply to this


    That being said, i believe the name of the game is money. Rating would go down, down, down. It's not a charity and let's give the ol gal one last dance.

  26. 26

    You're all idiots! Aretha Franklin has enormous talent, and has produced endless hits. Sorry to all the ignorant Kathie Lee fans! Kathie Lee has no class, never had it, never will! Aretha rocks, sorry to all the losers who worship autotuned crappolas like tramp gaga, sorry for you!

  27. SusieQ says – reply to this


    Yes, why put someone in who can actually sing and has sold millions of records to 3 generations? What a stupid thing to do.

  28. Punchinello says – reply to this


    KLG does not refute Aretha's talent or prolific career. She was not insulting nor did she make a judgment about Aretha except to express that she thought Aretha would not be a draw to a younger demo. I suspect KLG is correct and agree with her assertion that it is sad. Now, what I do deem unreasonable is Perez's continuously insipid condemning of people. Here he is guilty of doing what he claims Kathie did. However, like KLG, PH has a right to his opinion as well no matter hypocritical it may be. More so than anything, this is a case of Aretha seeking publicity to make herself seem and feel more relevant in order to be on this vapid singing shoe. See…I have opinions as well. Aretha got her publicity, so she should thank KLG for simply sharing an off-the-cuff observation during an unscripted and unplanned "host chat."

  29. 29

    Kathie Lee is right!!! Mainstream kids don't know her music……..Perez you're an incredible kiss-ass

  30. JudgeWho says – reply to this


    I really don't think it is necessary to have singers and ex-singers as judges. The talent on the shows are much more important in attracting audience.

  31. JaneGoodine says – reply to this


    I agree with KL, the show is going down, if Steven Tyler can't bring in the ratings, Aretha Franklin sure as hell won't. She may be talented, but I don't care for her. At tis point, I don't know who they could bring in, the show has run its course.

  32. BethNW says – reply to this


    Of course Kathie Lee is right. Whoopie said she'd be better than Mariah Carey, because young people dont always have experience of, blah blah blah. Uhhhhhh Whoopie hate to break it to you but Mariah is no longer young. Aretha Franklin is so not relevant, Im old and she's barely relevant to me.

  33. 33

    Love me some Aretha … but that drunk Kathie Lee is right … kids today only know about Katy Perry and Diarrhiana … they don't know crap about the Queen of Soul or her legacy. Aretha's response was full of cockiness … too arrogant! She would make a great judge, but she's kidding herself if she thinks 12 year olds give a crap about her music history.

  34. 34

    I could care less about what Kathy has to say! I think if anyone should have been let go of her job, Kathy Lee would have been a great choice! Not Ann Curry!

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