Enter Kathie Lee Gifford.
On Monday’s Today show, the host disapproved Franklin’s recent interest in the reality television talent show, stating that a younger generation wouldn’t even know who the legendary singer 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.
E! correspondent Jason Kennedy added, “She does not fly. She needs to get over that [doing 'Idol'].”
But the 18-time Grammy Award winner wasn’t going to take Gifford’s comments lying down. In an exclusive e-mail to CNN 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. 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!”
And the Queen has spoken.