Aretha Franklin’s Son Boycotts Biopic!

Aretha Franklin’s Son Boycotts Biopic!

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(audience applauds) (deep bass music) Eh. Eh. You all started off messy. (audience laughs) And the mess will continue ’cause Joseline is here. (audience cheers)
(audience applauds) One thing I know about Joseline is she understands what I do, I understand what she does, and we have never had a fight. Oh. No, no, no, no. So we’re gonna get that talk goin’ on on the couch. She’s got her new cabaret show. Stevie, well, he’ll be here on Monday. Yeah, yeah. With Faith. But the thing is is that Stevie’s supposed to be tryin’ to get full custody. I don’t know what’s going on but we’re gonna talk about that and then she’s got this boyfriend. His name is Ballistic Beats. (audience laughs) Woo. Anyway, they’re gonna be on Marriage Boot Camp: Hip Hop edition. I had no idea that they were married, or even engaged. So when she comes out, just observe the ring finger and she’s upstairs right now watchin’ all this so Joseline, I can’t wait to talk to you. By the way, here’s the trailer. Take a look. Five new hip hop couples enter the house including our biggest star yet. They have 10 days to fix their relationships, and it’s all going down. Hey, hey, hang on. I came here to get my husband. You don’t put a deadline on when I should marry you. I don’t think you’re attracted to me. She’s constantly tryin’ to find me another girlfriend though. I don’t think you as perfect as you think you are. I got a (bleep) kid I’m fightin’ for. Our biggest heartbreaks. I have to address the elephant in the room. One of the couples in this house is not a couple at all. (dramatic beat drop) Oh hell no. (audience laughs) (audience cheers)
(audience applauds) Well, obviously, Michel’le is there, but that’s fine for her to be there. I didn’t know that she was married or boot camping but none of these shows are what they say they are. Joseline, you’re gonna have to step up your game ’cause I’m sorry, hun, CeeLo Green was the one that I was lookin’ at. (audience murmurs) And his belly. Look. (audience laughs) Look. Why is CeeLo even out of the house? (audience laughs) Weren’t you accused of that Me Too thigh-gapper thing in 2014, where you pled no contest to drugging a woman on a date? (audience murmurs) Norman? Mhm. Am I lyin’? You’re not lying. It happened. The woman woke up naked in a hotel bed with him. Oh. And then CeeLo got on his Twitter thing and said people who have really been raped remember. Oh. Okay, then he was fired from America’s Got Talent. He was fired from The Voice, same thing, all right. (audience laughs) He was fired from that. He was doing endorsements with I believe a beverage or somethin’ like that. And a moisturizer and stuff. And a host of other things. He was fired from all that stuff. Now how do you go from being CeeLo Green to being on Married with Boot, I mean I’m not sayin’ there’s anything wrong with that, but there’s certain people who fit in that category, which would be like Michel’le and Joseline. But CeeLo? Suzanne, didn’t he used to be a big star? Yeah, he had a huge song out. He was a big deal. I can’t remember what it was. Was he “Hey Ya”? No.
No. What was it? It was huge. “FU”.
“FU”. “FU”. What? “FU”. Oh yeah. (sings) “I’m goin’ crazy.” Oh, everybody loved that. Yes, (sings) “Crazy”. (sings) “I’m goin’ crazy”. Yeah, it was huge.
Yeah. He was a big deal. A huge crossover hit. And people liked you, not just black people, but everybody. And then you had to say somethin’ like that, women who are raped remember. With the thigh-gappers. Marriage Boot Camp: Hip Hop Edition. Norman? Uh-huh. You’re on assignment. I will be watching. (laughs) (audience laughs) February 6th. Oh wait, no, Joseline’s gonna be there. I do wanna see what she does. Okay. By the way, remind me on Monday, I had a very, very lengthy text on my phone from Blac Chyna addressing Rob Kardashian. Oh. Oh. (laughs) Okay. Very lengthy, coming from her attorney. Oh. Oh. And there was abuse allegations and all kinda stuff goin’ on in this text. I’ll break it down for you all in our morning meeting on Monday. I didn’t wanna bring my phone out and just read it. (audience applauds) Why are we always in the middle of something? (audience laughs)
(Norman laughs) Now here’s another thing going on that I know a little bit about. Aretha Franklin’s son, all right, she’s got four sons, but there’s this one son who’s like off to the left of I guess being involved with the family. I have no idea. The other brothers, they’re all in for preserving their mom’s legacy and so on and so forth. Well, this son right here, I forget his name. Kel.
Kel? Mhm. Like Kenan & Kel?
Yeah. Oh, okay. (audience laughs) Kel, right here, is slamming the upcoming biopic about his mother. (belches) Excuse me. It’s called “Respect” and it’s starring Jennifer Hudson, who breaks that voice all the way down, okay? (audience cheers)
(audience applauds) Okay? And the teaser’s not a whole lot. It’s just enough to suck me in. I am definitely watchin’ this. (audience laughs) Take a look. ♪ What you want ♪ ♪ Ooh ♪ ♪ Baby, I got it ♪ ♪ Ooh ♪ ♪ What ya need ♪ ♪ Ooh ♪ ♪ You know I got it ♪ ♪ Ooh ♪ ♪ All I’m askin’ ♪ ♪ Ooh ♪ ♪ Is for ♪ ♪ A little respect ♪ Yes, yes. (audience cheers)
(audience applauds) That’s it. That’s all you need. So now, all Aretha’s kids are like in their 30s, right? They’re much older than that. Or older than that. They’re 49 and above. 49 and above, okay. So now here goes Kel. He posted “How can you make a movie about a person “and not talk to the person’s sons or grandchildren “about important information? “If you’re a real fan of my mother’s, “please do not support this.” Well, I’m a real fan and I’m tellin’ you, if you’re a real fan, we gotta watch this. Yeah. We gotta watch this. (audience applauds) I’m a fan. Chitchat and Myway are fans. Let me tell you somethin’ about, I got two Aretha Franklin hats that were, oh, aw, hi girls. Aw. No. They were gifted to me from the estate like at Sotheby’s auction, you know what I’m, oh, that’s one. Oh, now let me tell you something right now. I have them very, very high on a mannequin in my closet room. That Chitchat and Myway, they go right up there. But they have never plucked a feather. They just sniff it and they lay right there on the shoulder of the mannequin. Yeah. Right beneath all that. And then on top of it, I’ve got the gray one that she wore when Barack Obama was inaugurated. Remember, she had the gray hat? Yeah, yeah. That’s mine now. That’s mine, right? (audience applauds) And the girls, they will knock that down because it’s just a gray hat made outta felt or somethin’. They knock it down and bring it in to me and drop it on the bed. (Norman laughs) I’m like “All right, girls, “please stop with Miss. Franklin’s hats, please.” (audience laughs) Anyway, I’m a fan and I’m watching. And Kel said the only thing his mom would’ve approved of is that Jennifer Hudson is playing her. Well, Kel, excuse me, you’re wrong about that, ’cause only me and Nortman know exactly who Miss. Franklin wanted to play her. And you remember it if you watchin’ the show that day. Halle Berry.
Berry. (audience murmurs) (Norman laughs)
(audience laughs) Excuse me? Yep. Yep. Now look-a here, Kel, (audience laughs) this is what I wanna know from this movie and this all happened before you were even a seed planted in your mom. I wanna know about Aretha, the early years, ’cause she’s a PK kid, a preacher’s kid. When did she break away and start singin’ devilish music? Ooh. And I wanna know exactly who she was sleepin’ with back in the day. Oh. ‘Cause I gotta tell you somethin’ right now, and my favorite Aretha song, I love them all, well, not all of them, but I love most of them. Boof, you’d better hit that “Rock Steady” during the commercial break. Hit it. I want you, back spin, drop it. Do it again. Make it work. (audience cheers)
(audience applauds) In Aretha’s heyday, the earlier days, she was no angel, if you know what I’m saying and I think you do. (audience murmurs) And I wanna know all that stuff. And if you talk to the, we don’t need your permission to make a movie about our Aretha. Just like we don’t need to ask Blanket to make a movie about Michael Jackson. (audience laughs) (audience applauds) I mean just make it. So Kel is fighting to be the executor of Aretha’s estate. In the meantime, the other brothers are fine with how the executor is going. The executor is Aretha’s niece. Girls are always smarter than boys, you know what I’m saying, smart for that. (audience murmurs) And also, Aretha was not the best planner, even though she was a grand dom. She had three handwritten wills buried in this couch cushions of her house. Okay? Will number one, under this cushion. Another couch over here, will number, handwritten, like not even somethin’ real official. So Aretha, you knew that you were gonna create chaos by not having your affairs in order. So chaos is ensuing. I can’t wait to see the story. When does it come on again? Oh, “Respect”. Oh, it’s in theaters. Oh. We gotta leave the house? You have to leave the house. (laughs) (audience laughs) Suzanne? Uh-huh. You know people. Yeah, we’ll get you. Thank you. A bootleg copy of it. (audience laughs) Please, please. Thank you. (audience laughs)
(audience applauds) It’s in theaters though in October so we have a little time to plot what we’re gonna eat, whether we’re gonna go, or whether we’re gonna wait for Netflix, but October it comes out. All right, so I did go see that movie, “Bombshell”, about the girls and the Roger Aile and the whole bit, and Megyn Kelly was in it and Charlize and Nicole. They all did a great job. But Megyn Kelly is speaking out about being demanded by her boss to (click tongue) twirl. Oh. Basically. And it was the one time in the movie. I mean it was a really good movie. It didn’t tell me anything I didn’t already know or couldn’t already imply myself, being an insider in this business. And it didn’t need to be in the movie theater, by the way, that It shoulda been on TV. Like really? And it was really long. And I don’t like Megyn Kelly and I’ve talked to you about this before. I don’t like her. I don’t even know her. I just don’t, there’s somethin’ about her. Suzanne, do you know her? I agree. Oh yeah. Do you know her? No, I don’t know her. But I’m with you. You know people who know her? No, no, nobody I know knows her. (audience laughs) (audience applauds) Why don’t you like her? Everyone stays away from her. No. Why don’t you like her? I don’t know. It’s a thing. I liked her when she was behind a news desk. I really thought she did a great job. But as soon as she had that talk show, I don’t know. Oh, competition. No, no, nothin’ to do with that. Oh. Well, she came on the same time as us but no one was watchin’. I just thought she just seems like a very, very serious woman. Too serious for me. I like a little fun. Uh-huh. Don’t we all?
Yes. (audience laughs) But no, here’s the deal, right, during this whole movie, and I was watching, watching, watching, I identified with her and felt sad for her. And even caught myself catching a tear and a choke-up. But I was eatin’ hot popcorn. (audience laughs) And I put that napkin to my eyes. And I was like dammit. (audience laughs) But look, just take a look at what she says and how she was harassed by Roger Ailes, according to her, and this I identified, not because it’s been done to me, but because of the things that she said. She’s not a regular woman in terms of a regular college and a regular degree and a regular, take a look. So I was asked to do the spin. And God help me, I did it. I know people think it’s like oh yeah, just spin around, but I remember feeling like I put myself through school, I was offered a partnership at Jones Day, one of the best law firms in the world. I argued before Federal Courts of Appeal all over the nation. I graduated with honors from all of my programs and now, he wants me to twirl. And I did it. (audience laughs) I just, if you don’t get how demeaning that is, I can’t help you. Wow. Okay. I caught feelings, still to even watch that, you know what I’m sayin’, Suzanne? Yeah, I understand. You might not like her. Yeah, but yeah, that’s tough, yeah. You know what I’m saying? She didn’t just go to regular school like me and you. No, she’s very– Cheat her way through. Exactly. Barely get out. (audience laughs) You know what I’m sayin’? Slide into a nice job and that’s it. Yeah, uh-huh. This girl studied her ass off. She did, she did. And that was her husband, by the way. She’s currently married. They do have children together. That was her husband. That was her husband watching his wife talk about the spin. And we were talking in the meeting before this and we all agreed we would’ve spun, including me, and I’m gonna tell you why. I’m gonna tell you why. Because that would encourage, and I’ve never been asked to spin, by the way. I got here on my own merit. You best-a-believe. (audience cheers)
(audience applauds) One of my proudest things in my entire stupid ass career. I’ve only been unemployed for two weeks and I was never asked to spin or get on my knees, ever. (audience cheers)
(audience applauds) But here’s the thing, we all agreed that as a younger person, if you were asked to spin, even though it’s demeaning as hell, did you hear all the studying she did? We would’ve all spun and I’m embarrassed to tell you that but I’m talkin’ my truth. I woulda spun, but that would’ve encouraged me to be the best at what I am ever and promise to come back to you and tell everybody what ya did. (audience cheers)
(audience applauds) Yep. Norman, you said you’d spin. I would have to twirl. (audience laughs) (Norman laughs) Well, clap if you would just walk out, clap. (few audience applauds) All right. So we got a audience full of spinners. (audience laughs) Perfect. (laughs) Look, you can watch her full interview on Instagram TV page. I’m not interested in that part. I’m back to feelin’ the way I feel about her, but that one thing, uh-uh. Anyway, I can’t wait to watch this Lifetime series. Well, this series has been comin’ on. You all have been watchin’ R. Kelly. I really didn’t much care ’cause I already knew that story. But tonight, it’s Hopelessly in Love. It’s the docuseries, and tonight, it’s Biggie and Faith. All right. Uh-huh, uh-huh. (audience applauds) I’m having a little viewing party, featuring Greek salad with extra feta cheese. (audience laughs) And I got this throwback picture of Big and Faith. Remember when they took that picture in the convertible? Yeah. From up above? Okay, I got that on a big ass T-shirt. Like one of those big, comfortable, it’s black. And Big and Faith are on the back. And it says “Big & Faith” in the front. I’m gonna watch. I got a little company comin’ over, just a little somethin’. And mhm. (audience murmurs) (Wendy laughs) (audience laughs) Can’t be all about the cats all of the time. (audience laughs) Anyway, (audience applauds) but take a look at this. Look at this. The most controversial love story in hip hop history. I think it was a great love story. Told by those who lived it. We had very strong feelings. But he was in love with Faith and he was in love with Kim. He was sayin’ he loved me. I didn’t care about all of that. I was still his wife. With never-before-seen footage and exclusive interviews. I don’t look at our marriage as a failure. We were hopelessly in love. (audience murmurs) (audience cheers)
(audience applauds) All right, well, here’s the deal. I know Faith has been in New York doing a lotta press for this particular, which I’m not offended, all right, you talk to them, you don’t even know who Faith and Biggie are. But that was my era and still is, and Faith I’ve invited to stay in New York through the weekend so that she can be here on Monday with Stevie, but Stevie’s not gonna be on the couch. Now Stevie’s gotta take his rat face right over there. (audience laughs) He can sit in the front row. (audience cheers)
(audience applauds) But Faith is on the couch on Monday and I wanna watch this series. If we watch as a family, you know what I’m saying, then you’ll understand when she comes here on Monday. She’s gonna talk about what she liked about it, what she didn’t like about it. She’s catching us up with her life, her love for Stevie J. They have 10 kids between the two of them. Whoa. Stevie’s got six with six baby’s moms. Now you’re gonna stop. But they love each, they’re in it to win. Biggie and Faith’s episode airs tonight at nine on Lifetime. Let’s watch. (audience cheers)
(audience applauds) Yeah. I wanna shout out to my friends at Entertainment Tonight. The weird thing about bein’ on TV is that there are shows that you’re already fans of and then all of a sudden, you’re part of the show. Entertainment Tonight’s been really good to our show. They come over here, we do interviews or I go to them, I do interviews and stuff like that. (sings Entertainment Tonight theme tune) (audience laughs) So they are today celebrating their 10,000th show. (audience cheers)
(audience applauds) Yeah. This makes them the longest-running show, entertainment news show on TV. Wow. Geez, they’ve blown through some hosts though, huh? (audience laughs) Anyway, congratulations ET. (audience cheers)
(audience applauds) And we’ve got more great show for you everybody. Up next, the Puerto Rican Princess is here, Joseline Hernandez. So grab a snack and come on back. Come on back. (dance music) (audience cheers)
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100 thoughts to “Aretha Franklin’s Son Boycotts Biopic!”

  1. Aretha’s son must’ve been that one son who was out of the loop. Cuz Aretha authorized the movie before she passed. She gave interviews and everything for the script. He must’ve been THAT child.

  2. Wendy you would rather buy a bootleg movie of Arethas Bio than really support it at a theater? Cheap and fake fanism!!!

  3. Wendy & Norman, Aretha's son's name is not "Kel", it's "KeCalf", a.k.a. "Kelf". Further, what you SHOULD wanna know is about her having her 1st child at 12 & her 2nd at 14 & her 3rd by 18-19, ALL FOUR FROM DIFFERENT FATHERS. Still more, at age 14, she got caught in a hotel room w/her 1st SERIOUS crush, thee infamous gospel/secular music singer, Sam Cook(e).

  4. Nobody asked her to spin because she’s as tall as the jolly green giant … girl, no one cares that you didn’t get asked to spin.

  5. For the record. I would’ve done the spin. (Which is a literal spin, slow motion ballerina twirl with no leg up). However. I would not have done that “let me see some more leg, keep going” bs. 😑

  6. I am not an English native speaker can somebody explain what spin means in that context or twerl?!?
    I googled it but donnot understand
    Please somebody explain 😂 thanks a lot

  7. She also said FANTASIA and Jennifer Hudson never hailey can't sing what a pretty face just pretending to sing NOT NOT

  8. I love Norman he doesn’t get enough credit, but Wendy always shows him. I love you Wendy for showing and keeping him in the loop Norman ❤️❤️

  9. In her earlier teens through young adults years Aretha Franklin was sleeping with her Dad.
    Her Father is the Father of her 3 oldest Sons.

  10. Aretha wanted fantasia to play her she said it on your show but you Wendy said Jennifer Hudson then she said either one your messy wendy

  11. Ms. Wendy please check out my go fund me. My 17 year old cousin was shot to death this morning and we the family are super unprepared for a funeral.

  12. Zzzz. Wendy is so dumb! How are you in the "entertainment" business and dont know about Cee lo's music career, he was out way before "crazy" that's when he became "cross over". Get your factz straight before speaking on it. You have no credibility!

  13. It's wrong for people with platforms to say things like "I don't like her" even without fact. And audience clapping. Really? Where's human decency? Keep your personal dislikes personal and be a professional Wendy.

  14. Omfg, Wendy is so fucking messy at 10:07! Why do have to know that lady was messing with. I can't stand Wendy! I can't wait to see her movie so it could expose her sexual relationship with BIG.

  15. Boof is NEVER ready for when Wendy calls him. He had no idea what Wendy asked him to play while they went to commercial lmao!!

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  18. Ms franklin son cal dear cal I believe the story line was before you were BORN ! so what is your problem again man

  19. She is so disrespectful. And if you worried about who was in Kevin's bed and not Ms Franklin you'd be better off. Wendell still is cringy. Karma needs to hurry up.

  20. I highly doubt you have the real grey hat of Aretha Franklins from President Obamas inauguration. The Smithsonian has been begging for that hat sense the day she wore it. Second, you purchased the hat that your are pictured in from an auction. I saw it in the auction catalog and then the episode where you said you won the bid. You were not gifted anything other than a vera bradly bag set after your interview with Ms Franklin…. Third, she wanted Halle, but Halle said "I cannot do miss franklin justice because I cannot sing…." Ms. Franklin new that and then went on to say in an interview with you that "she knew she could not sing, and that she would like the person to play her to be more confident." Aretha chose JHud. The son is prob just salty because he doesn't have any say in what$ what…

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