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Kathie Lee Gifford Says Aretha Franklin is Too Old To Judge "American Idol". Aretha Disagrees


One of the people who's thrown their name in to possibly be a new "American Idol" judge is ARETHA FRANKLIN.  On the last hour of the "Today" show on Monday, KATHIE LEE GIFFORD BASHED that idea.  "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."

Yesterday, Aretha responded, and, to her credit, managed NOT to call Kathie Lee an idiot.  "My audience and fans span the age of eight to 90!  And are multi-ethnic, and I am very well known to young adults, tweens and teens . . . I'm surprised Kathie Lee did not research my worldwide celebrity audience."