Old Head Beef: Oprah Is Allegedly Mad At Aretha Franklin

- By Bossip Staff

SMH at the old lady beef:

Oprah Winfrey became “rip-roaring furious” that Aretha Franklin showed her NO respect by granting one of her fierce TV rivals a major interview over the desperate battle she’s waging with cancer, The ENQUIRER has learned.

Instead of choosing the undisputed Queen of Talk to describe her emergency surgery and courageous struggle, the Queen of Soul gave the first interview to Wendy Williams.

“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.

Following her operation, the 68-year-old “Respect” singer made her spotlight appearance in a videotaped message that was broadcast during the Grammy Awards. Aretha shocked fans by looking like she had lost about 80 pounds from her once 300-pound frame. Because of the intense curiosity about Aretha’s condition, scoring an interview with Aretha was a major coup for Wendy.

Yet 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!”

Awwww, look at Harpo throwing all the shade…calling Gossip tranny, Wendy Williams’ show “silly and gossipy”…


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  • Denny

    I’m starting to hate this old head oprah, such a nagging bish.. go sit all the way down bish, god damn!! who does she think she is for uck sake? other people wanna eat too greedy ho!!

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    • Sally

      NICE NEWS !
      My friend Vanessa, a 25 yrs lady, has announced her wedding with a m’illionaire young man Ronald who is the CEO of a MNC. It’s amazing, she said she just posted her profile on a m’illionaire d’ating s’ite called ———-RichMatchmaker. ℃○M——– – and received his chat invitations a few days later. Then, everything went so well that I can’t believe it’s true! Every love story will unfold on it’s own..——-
      hat she thought was best & wanted to do. More power to her for that! Oprah sit down some where !

    • MichelleShaniquaObama

      Oprah needs to remember her place and shut her fat mouth. Her lover Gale is a bad influence on her.

    • julia

      Who cares about what oprah wants, doesn’t she have enough already??? Give someone else a chance already.

    • Sally

      NICE NEWS !
      My friend Vanessa, a 25 yrs lady, has announced her wedding with a m’illionaire young man Ronald who is the CEO of a MNC. It’s amazing, she said she just posted her profile on a m’illionaire d’ating s’ite called ———-RichMatchmaker. ℃○M——– – and received his chat invitations a few days later. Then, everything went so well that I can’t believe it’s true! Every love story will unfold on it’s own..——-
      t does’nt even matter that wendy got this coveted interview with Aretha,because she still didn’t divulge any information on what caused her ailment or the reason for her surgery.

  • everything is terrible

    I don’t believe a word of this story. Oprah, as she stated during her Iyanla interview, doesn’t get angry. She doesn’t want to hold anyone back from doing what they want to do. And I doubt she even knows who Wendy Williams is or cares. SMH–The Enquirer sees 3 successful black women and they try to pit them against each other. You failed this level. Try again.


    i loved wendys phone interview with aretha.

    wendy: now weve put the picture of you up that you specificaly asked us to.

    Aretha: well its my most recent ..um.. promo picture.

    Wendy: and you look amazing your hair looks great.

    aretha: oh thank you, i like your hair.

    wendy: tahnk you miss franklin…. you know i love my wigs , lol

  • Kelly

    Oprah needs to get over herself. Her show is boring anyway.

  • Nana

    I totally agree…. Wendy’s show is loud and gossipy!

    She shouldve given Oprah that interview!

    Wendy doing that Stupid dance and all that bull ish wasn’t cute!

    • Well Well

      Maybe that’s why Ms. Franklin chose Wendy and not Oprah.

  • Stacy

    Well looking at “Queen Aretha” interview with Wendy Williams she likes all the gossipy, messy stuff!!

    • Mrs. Rance

      Thank you! There is a place for Wendy’s lighter fare and O’s seriousness. I personally prefer Wendy, but O should be happy darn near everyone else prefers her. Aretha is team Wendy.

  • Stacy

    I would have had more RESPECT for her if she went on The Mo’Nique Show!!

  • ladyt

    There has to be a reason behind her giving the interview to Wendy.
    Maybe Aretha had had enough of Oprah’s shit!

  • Mrs. Rance

    All that sh*t O was talking about was not what Aretha wanted. I think she chose Wendy because she is a diva and she wanted the spotlight. You can have that with O. She takes over. You start to answer a question and she finishes it for you. Wendy was appreciative and treated Aretha with reverence. O would not have done that. Good job Wendy! Much love for the homie.

  • big lee

    the only thing with this is that she was never on motown.so why would motown give her something like that the big o is booked full for her last season taping is about to wrap duh with the last show airing in sep.

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  • *MrsTrevino*

    well oprah, i guess money can*t get you everything! LOL! That*s what her azz gets. Oprahs ego has gotten outta control and it*s about time she gets knocked down a peg or two! How u doin oprah! Hahahaha!

  • Sha

    I don’t believe it, the way they talk about how her staff and circle of friends are sworn to secrecy.

    But you never know..

  • Just sayin'

    How u talkin’? lol

  • jmagic

    Good to see the bitterness doesnt stop at c list black women

  • w

    Oprah don’t get angry…I can see her laughing at this one!

  • http://Bossip.com Eddie

    I don’t believe anything the Enquirer says!

  • Daisy Jay

    Okay this shows how arrogant and cocky Oprah is. Not everybody wants to talk to you, lady! Just because you’re HARPO, doesn’t mean that anybody and everybody must come to you! There are many other shows to go on, you’re not the only one. And the same information will be revealed no matter what show Oprah chooses to be on.

    At first I thought Wendy was strange, but I actually like her. I like her personality. I can understand why some people don’t – she can be rude, loud, annoying, her laugh is atrocious – but that’s what I love about her. I really liked the interview she had with Aretha. They actually seem kinda close. Maybe it was just about who Aretha felt most comfortable around. Oprah can be too invasive and just annoying as f*ck. YOU DON’T GET EVERYTHING YOU WANT, MISSY. GO HAVE SOMEBODY CHANGE YOUR P!SSY DIAPER

  • Daisy Jay

    ARETHA chooses to be on*** (another morning typo. le sigh)

  • SJ

    I don’t believe any of this.

    But Wendy’s show is silly and gossipy.

  • Tressa

    Give it to Wendy, because Oprah already have earn her high ranking spotlight in the talk show world. Trust me, it won’t even put a dent in Oprah.

  • c'est la vie

    nice pic of Aretha Franklin ….

  • afro british

    I agree with you these stories are the same and been recycled to death. Some people have an agenda to hate on this woman.

  • David

    Source = the Enquirer…the last time they had a hit was with John Edwards.

    Not taking sides, because I think that both Wendy and Oprah are whack as shit, but who gives a flyin fuk!?! I mean, really?? We all know that Oprah hasn’t really showed any love to black folk in a minute…unless they are seriously pity-inducing or have some type of financial clout and feel above other black folk (much like herself). She has ignored the “regular” dark folk that blew her azz up. As far as Wendy: bughetto!

  • Daisy Jay

    The Enquirer got Bobbi K, so……maybe there’s some truth to this.

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