Less than three months after Whitney Houston died last year on February 11th, her brother, mother, daughter and sister-in-law were filming a reality TV show and interviewing with Oprah Winfrey. I remember being surprised that Cissy Houston would agree to do a reality show before the official autopsy results had even come back. But now here we are a week later and despite protests from Krissi, Cissy has written a tell all book about her deceased daughter and is on a book tour one year to the day after her death. It sure doesn’t take people long to start picking at the corpse does it?
Cissy says she is getting through her grief
by writing a book because it is God’s will and there is nothing else she can do. It seems to have been decided that Sheri and Whoopi take this interview, and let’s just say Sheri is in a bit over her head. Whoopi finally asks, “What made you write the book?” Cissy says that everyone was writing a book so that was what made her want to do it. Wait everyone was writing a book within weeks of her death? Maybe so, but they weren’t her grieving mother, Miss Cissy. She wanted everyone to know that Whitney was nothing like people thought she was, she was a great person. She had a few little faults like everyone else. Continue reading
When Whitney Houston died, and I was reporting along with everyone else all the minutiae surrounding her death, there were those who wished that everyone would just let Whitney rest in piece. While I did feel like things may have gone to far when we were reading her autopsy report which described every square inch of her body, I felt that a lot of people needed closure. When Pat Houston, Gary Houston and Bobbi Kristina did an Oprah interview, I personally felt it was awfully soon. Then others said that it helped give them closure. But the news I got today that Pat, Gary, Kristina, and Cissy
have all been filming a reality show for Lifetime
really sits with me the wrong way.
In an effort to appear as though Pat had a reality gig before this all happened, you will hear that she and Gary were interesting enough people to be selected for a show before the death of Whitney. What you will see of course is a show specifically about the death of Whitney and it will focus on Pat and Gary and their relationship with Bobbi Kristina. Pat and Gary’s daughter, Rayah, will also be on the show. I can’t believe that Cissy is doing it. Okay, I can believe it, I just don’t want to believe it. Less unbelievable is the fact that Dionne Warwick will appear. Oh and the Winans, don’t forget the Winans. Because don’t family and friends always grieve a tragic death with a reality show these days? Lord have mercy.
Tonight at 9 p.m. Oprah hopes to attract some new viewers to OWN with her interview with Bobbi Kristina Brown, Gary Houston (Whitney’s brother) and his wife Patricia. This interview has received the most publicity of anything on OWN since the network began. Unfortunately, it is up against some really stiff competition against Desperate Housewives
on ABC , The Good Wife
on CBS, Celebrity Apprentice
on NBC, Family Guy
on Fox and Bravo’s most successful show, The Real Housewives of Atlanta
all airing at the same time. It will be interesting to see how the ratings pan out for tonight.
In the interview, Patricia, who was also Whitney’s manager talks about the substance abuse, and Whitney’s love life saying Whitney was “looking for love in all the wrong places.” Patricia also doesn’t have anything negative to say about Bobby Brown and says that blaming Bobby for introducing Whitney to drugs would not be an accurate assessment of that situation. Patricia also shares her side of what happened on at the pre-grammy party that she attended with Whitney two days before her death. Patricia says she went with Whitney because she was worried. we’ll have to tune in to hear what she says happened at the party to get her all worked up.
In other related news today TMZ is reporting that Bobbi Kristina Brown, who goes by Krissi, wants to officially change her name to Kristina Houston. TMZ’s source says Krissi has wanted the name change since the divorce to avoid the association with her father, but Whitney refused to allow it. Krissi was 14 at the time of the divorce.