Rumor has it that Oprah Winfrey became “rip-roaring furious” that Aretha Franklin granted Wendy Williams the first television interview after her emergency surgery. According to The National Enquirer, an insider said, “Oprah is about as angry as can be. 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.”
The insider added that while Oprah gives Wendy credit for snagging the much-coveted sit-down with Aretha, she’s still “steaming” and she has told friends that Wendy’s show is “a long way” from hers, and criticizing it for being “silly and gossipy.”
- Oprah reportedly insisted that she would have been able to outdo Wendy by using her clout to pack her show with legendary heavy hitters paying homage to Aretha.
- The insider said, “Oprah was not going to keep the whole interview on the illness, which she knows Aretha is reluctant to fully discuss. 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!”
- Aretha underwent surgery in December but has never publicly revealed the nature of her health issues. The Enquirer reported that she is fighting pancreatic cancer, which she has denied.