07/17/2012 05:48 pm ET

Aretha Franklin: Kathie Lee Should Research Me Before She Speaks About Me: Notable/Quotable

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 should research me before she speaks about me.

--18-time Grammy Award-winning diva Aretha Franklin responds to Kathie Lee Gifford’s thoughts on her joining “American Idol’s” judging panel. (CNN)

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