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Janet Jackson Talks Whitney Houston, Judging 'The X Factor' On 'Anderson' (VIDEO)


First Posted: 02/21/2012 1:21 am Updated: 02/22/2012 8:52 am

Before her untimely death, Whitney Houston's name surfaced as a possible replacement judge on "The X Factor." Now, another name is making the rounds and Anderson Cooper sat down with her on "Anderson" (Weekdays, Syndicated) sat down with her to talk both about those rumors, and her feelings about Houston's passing. Janet Jackson was in a unique position to offer solace and advice to Houston's surviving family, having recently lost her brother Micheal.

Both performers were larger than life personalities who managed to become among the biggest stars in the history of music. And both have left a huge hole in the world they've left behind. How does one come out from under that?

"It sounds so mean, but you have to move on," she said of the family and loved ones of Houston. "You can't hold onto that, because it can be very devastating. And sometimes therapy is the best thing."

Anderson Cooper asked her about those "X Factor" rumors, but Jackson played coy. "I'm not a judge on 'The X Factor,'" she confirmed. "But that's all I really think I should say."

Clearly, there's something more going on with the story, so it's likely Jackson is at least in talks and at most in full negotiations to join Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid on the judging panel. It would certainly make for an exciting addition to the show.

"The X Factor" returns in the fall, with several key positions still to be cast. "Anderson" is syndicated daily. Check local listings for time and channel.

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