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FRIDAY: Aretha Franklin’s Funeral Scheduled For Six and A Half Hours: How To Watch On TV and Online

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The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, who passed away two weeks ago from pancreatic cancer at the age of 76, will be laid to rest tomorrow.  The funeral services will be a star-studded ceremony, and a religious one.

Aretha’s funeral will be made available via live-stream and on TV. Here is what we know: portions of the ceremony will also be shared on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC, while BET will air the funeral in its entirety.

PEOPLE,com and PEOPLE’s facebook page will have the live-stream while the WORD Network, a religious platform will be streaming it on their website.  The funeral will also be broadcast in full by the Associated Press.

The funeral will take place at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, Michigan.  Attending the service will be family and friends of Aretha’s.

The six-hour event will begin at 8:30am/EST and go till 3PM.  It will start with a viewing. where many of Grammy Award-winning legends recordings will be played.

Performing will be: Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Faith Hill, Shirley Caesar, Ron Isley, and Arianna Grande, as well as Jennifer Hudson who will sing “Amazing Grace”.  Hudson is also playing Franklin in the upcoming movie based on Franklin’s memoir, Aretha: From These Roots.

Gospel artists such as Yolanda Adams, Marvin Sapp, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, and The Aretha Franklin Choir will be on hand to perform as well.

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Former President Bill Clinton, Smokey Robinson, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Cicely Tyson, General Eric Holder and Clive Davis are set to speak at the service.

Unfortunately, Barack Obama was set to speak, but he and Michelle Obama will now not be attending.  However, a letter written by the former president will be read at the service.  Obama is now set to deliver one of the eulogies for the late Senator. John McCain, on Saturday morning at the National Cathedral in Washington.

So, what do you think of the line-up for Aretha’s funeral?  Will you be watching the live-stream as we pay our respects and tribute to the one and only Aretha, who was one of The Young and the Restless‘ all-time biggest fans?  Comment below.

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”So, what do you think of the line-up for Aretha’s funeral?”

Of the 14 mentioned in the line-up- I know of only 3 .
Stevie Wonder, Bill Clinton, Eric Holder.

I have sent up a prayer and paid my respects to the The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.
A great woman a great loss.
No, I will not tune into watch a depressing funeral eeessshhh..

Timmm
Timmm

I know suOOO, we just went through
Jonah’s” funeral! When is Amys!

Timmm
Timmm

Wow, this lady is getting the same send off as Hillary from Y&R! Not a fan. To me, she shouted everything! I hope Tone Loc gets the same love!

Shay
Shay

Only six hours??? That still pales in comparison to the week-long, wall-to-wall, multi-city funeral vigil concocted by the ever-egomaniacal McCain!

su000
su000

No, not 6 hours..
It was 10 hours..
on Twitter, people joked that Franklin wouldn’t be going home until Labor Day.

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Shay

Well, su, at least in the battle of the “Dueling Diva” send-offs, Aretha’s was a private matter, financially-speaking…However, the taxpayers are stuck footing the obscenely-expensive bill for McVain’s huge ego-trip from the grave, which is more elaborate than the funerals of the last three deceased ex-presidents combined (Nixon, Reagan and Ford….) And it only took longer to bury Abraham Lincoln! (Three weeks….) Even JFK’s services were more expedient than this week-long funereal extravanganza, which just goes to show how out-of-proportion it all is!

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su; I didn’t watch Aretha’s funeral but I will try to see parts of it if it’s rebroadcast. She was a legend; a deserved one. Her voice, her music, her impact on the time. Truly remarkable force in music.

Smokey Robinson of Smokey Robinson and The Miracles was one of the most influential groups in pop and R&B music history. Google him/them if interested. Clive Davis is a record producer who signed some of the biggest music legends of all time: Janice Joplin (PLEASE tell me you heard of her; huge rock legend and yes, before your time but if you like rock at all she’s in a class of her own), Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Aerosmith, Alicia Keyes, Christina Aguilera, Carlos Santana, Barry Manilow, Dionne Warwick, founded a company with P. Didy, Babyface…the list goes on and on. And, of course, Aretha.

As for McCain’s funeral, watched quite a bit of it on Saturday and it was spectacular. The music (very moving, especially “Danny Boy” which you might not know either), the tributes, the historical precedence of having both former presidents Bush and Obama give speeches (two men he ran against and lost to and yet he reached across the divide and had respect for; an ability to work with). There were “daggers” thrown at Trump though his name wasn’t mentioned which, again, was historical in that instead of just a “sad” event/funeral, John McCain, (who planned his own service and requested Presidents Bush and Obama) trusted these men, the others who spoke as well as his daughter, to speak not only about him but send a message at the same time… this man reached out while he was still here to give his parting words/wisdom (when he was no longer here to do so) to a country divided.

It was truly amazing to watch and see people from different races, religions and political parties come together. One can only hope that Senator McCain’s attempt at humanity for all spoke to the people who seem to have either forgotten it or never had it.

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According to Deadline:  McDaniel’s position is being eliminated as the network is folding the daytime team into the Current Programming department headed by Amy Reisenbach.”  Angelica had been with the company for nine years.

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Kelly Kahl, President of CBS Entertainment said in a stateement: “Angelica McDaniel championed our daytime series line up with creativity, passion and energy and broke new ground by helping launch the Network’s first daytime talk show in years while respecting the long history and tradition of the dramas and game shows. We appreciate her many contributions and wish her well on her next endeavors.”

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In her apology, Spencer told GMA viewers: “I screwed up.  The comment I made about dance was insensitive, it was stupid, and I am deeply sorry.”

Several key figures in the dance community spoke out following her remarks, and Spencer herself also spoke to them over the last few days telling viewers: “I have listened, I have learned about the bravery it takes for a young boy to pursue a career in dance.”

From there, a previously recorded group interview Spencer conducted with three male dancers; Robbie Fairchild (Cats), Travis Wall (So You Think You Can Dance) and Fabrice Calmels (Joffrey Ballet), was shown as each expressed their personal journey and often the humiliation they felt as young boys when they were laughed at and made fun of because of dance.

All of this was kicked off by Spencer making a comment during the Thursday ‘Pop News’ segment on GMA, in which she talked about Prince George’s  “curriculum”.

Lara said in her commentary: “In addition to the usual first- and second-grade things like math, science and history, the future King of England will be putting down the Play-Doh to take on religious studies, computer programming, poetry and ballet, among other things.” She then paused which gave way to chortles in the audience and went on to say: “Prince William says Prince George absolutely loves ballet. I have news for you, Prince William: We’ll see how long that lasts. I mean, he might! He might end up … Between the religious studies and the computer programming, I just want to go back to the Play-Doh!”

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From Debbie Allen, to Rosie O’Donnell, to the wife of the late great dancer Gene Kelly, these women were among those who took swift action commenting on Lara’s remarks and how she mocked ballet.  Outside the GMA studios Monday morning were hundreds of male dancers doing their ballet moves, as well.

So, what do you think of Spencer’s remarks and her apology? Comment below. But first watch the segment and what went down this morning on GMA.

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