Fox News Mistakes Patti LaBelle for Aretha Franklin Because Of Course It Does

On Thursday morning, the entire world lost a legend.

As previously reported in detail, Aretha Franklin died at her home in Detroit – while under hospice care, surrounded by family members and loved ones – at the age of 76.

She passed away from pancreatic cancer.

And while the tributes and messages in the singer’s honor have come flooding in from all corners of the Internet and television, one in particular has sparked some unfortunate buzz.


It comes from the Fox News Channel.

In relaying to its viewers that Franklin, arguably the most influential and successful solo artist in music history had passed away, the cable network shared the image above.

It features a photo of Franklin; her name; the year she was born; the year she died; and another photo… of Patti LaBelle.

Yes, seriously.

While honest mistakes happen all the time and while we’re certain this was nothing more than a mindless snafu, the image has caught the attention of social media users everythwere simply due to its source.

Meaning what, exactly? 

Let’s just say that few are surprised that the President’s network of choice is the one who mixed up one African-American singer with another.

We’ll just leave our commentary at that.

Others, however, had a bit more to say about the Franklin-LaBelle mistake, in meme form and in exasperated Tweet form.

To wit:

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The incorrect visual appeared during America’s Newsroom, as hosts Bill Hemmer and Sandra Smith discussed Franklin’s immense talent and musical legacy.

They said very nice things about her on air.]

Producers just were unable to tell one famous black woman from another.

President Trump, meanwhile, confusingly noted in remarks to the press that Aretha was a person who had “worked for me.”

Former President Barack Obama, who had Franklin sing at his 2009 inauguration, Tweeted the following:

Aretha helped define the American experience. In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade—our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect.

May the Queen of Soul rest in eternal peace.

And LaBelle, like so many other celebrities, also chimed in on this very sad passing:

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Franklin was the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and earned 18 Grammy Awards over her illustrious career.

She was a true icon.

Despite what Fox News accidentally tried to imply above, she was one of a kind.

May she rest in peace.

Said Aretha’s family upon confirming her passing:

In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family.

The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds.

We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans all around the world.

Thank you for your compassion and prayers.

We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.


Patti Wilkinson to Kendra: Ava London Gave Hank Hand Relief & I’m Gonna Tell the World!

Just when Kendra Wilkinson thought that her husband’s cheating scandal was finally behind them, her own mother is stirring the pot. 

Hardcore. Nothing soft about this.

Threatening to blow the lid off his affair in a bombshell tell-all, Patti Wilkinson is out to set the record straight … for reasons unknown.

In the upcoming season of Kendra On Top, which is apparently still a show that is on the air, the mother-daughter feud begins anew.

The older Wilkinson rips the wound open again, as seen in the trailer above, by declaring that she is GOING TO EXPOSE her daughter.

K-Dubs is not happy.

“You would have to write about Hank and the scandal and me,” Kendra screams. “You can have your family back or you can write this book!”

Patti is undeterred by this threat, defiantly telling the reality star that, “First of all, I don’t give a s–t what [Hank] thinks! The truth hurts!”

“The truth hurts!”

Those familiar with Kendra and Patti Wilkinson know that they’ve had a strained relationship through the years, to say the very least

But this?

Again, it’s unclear why Patti is hung up on Hank Baskett, Ava London and whatever happened between them, but it looks ugly. Ugly.

The celebrity couple survived a brief separation, and three years later, remain together as a family … at least until Patti has her say.

This is not the kind of scandal that you move on from easily, assuming what’s reported by celebrity gossip outlets is even half accurate.

On Kendra On Top and Marriage Boot Camp, this played out in epic fashion in 2014-15, and Hank could barely hold himself together.

There was one memorable (televised, obviously) exchange in whichKendra asked him once and for all to confess his infidelity sins.

In graphic, cringe-worthy detail.

Did her spouse really receive a hand job from Ava London, a transgender model he discovered and became infatuated with on YouTube?

Did Hank try to pay her off afterward, making ATM withdrawals and dropping off cash (which obviously wasn’t enough to make her zip it)?

Or, was he looking to smoke some weed with a friend, only to end up being briefly fondled over his shorts by London against his will?

In an excruciating scene, Kendra made him describe whether or not London’s hand made his way over or under his shorts at that moment.

Baskett’s non-committal answers made the whole thing even weirder, while Ava London claimed, in no uncertain terms, that she got him off.

And vice versa. Talking mutual orgasms here.

London has made this affair sound very much like … well, an affair in which bodily fluids were excreted after energetic manual stimulation.

Hank has tried to dance around this with varying degrees of effectiveness, clearly feeling guilty about … whatever the hell he achieved.

Bottom line: Hank and Ava had some sort of interaction, because if he didn’t know her or never touched her, he would just state this.

He never stated this.

Nevertheless, whatever he told Kendra on camera and behind closed doors, she found it in her heart (or self interest) to forgive him.

She Tweeted that she loves Baskett, she forgives Baskett and that critics should f–k with her and her definition of love at their peril.

Deep stuff right there.

We’ll see if Patti’s forthcoming memoir threatens that marital tranquility once more, as she seems determined to get her hands dirty (sorry).