Aretha Franklin will make her first TV appearance since battling an unconfirmed health scare. In an exclusive interview with Queen of media Wendy Williams, The Queen of Soul will speak about her mystery illness, which caused her to undergo emergency surgery and prompted her to scrap a series of concerts in late 2010.
Franklin, who reached out for prayers from fans, underwent surgery to treat the mystery ailment in December (2010). She also dismissed reports made by a family member that she had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and insisted in January the condition had been resolved.
Now healthy and ready to perform again, the “Respect” hitmaker is ready to share her story with the world. Granting her first big post-surgery interview to Wendy Williams, the chat will take place later this week and air on “The Wendy Williams Show” shortly afterwards.
“The legendary Aretha Franklin has invited me to do an exclusive, in-person intimate conversation with her in Detroit, that’s where she lives,” Williams said on the “The Wendy Williams Show” Monday. “So I’m packing my bags and we’ll bring the camera crew and everything, and, so far, Aretha has two activities she wants us to do. First thing is she wants us to go to the gym and the second thing is she wants us to have high tea together. … I’m going to share that interview with you guys next week.”
In related news, Franklin will make her live comeback at the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel in Buffalo, New York on May 28, before performing a three-night stand from June 3 to 5 at the Fox Theatre in Detroit.