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Aretha Franklin is no slouch when it comes to defending her career!

During the fourth hour of NBC’s morning show on Monday, co-hosts Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford were talking with E! correspondent Jason Kennedy about Aretha Franklin wanting to be a judge on “American Idol,” a story which CNN first reported.

Read Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin Wants To Be An American Idol Judge !  to see what triggered the Today show’s critique.

Gifford emphatically said today’s generation of music lovers don’t know who the 18-time Grammy Award winner is.

“If they are looking for a younger demographic, there are a lot of kids out there (who) actually don’t know who Aretha Franklin is. It’s sad, but they don’t,” Gifford said.

Then, Kennedy poured more cold water on the idea of Franklin doing the show, saying she doesn’t like to fly and that will make it hard for her to travel across the country for auditions.

Aretha Franklin Goes In On Kathie Lee & NBC Today Show  was originally published on

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