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Aretha Franklin Fires Back After Being Dissed by NBC Morning Host CNN

Aretha Franklin has taken issue with comments about her on NBC’s “Today” show during a discussion between hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb that suggested the renowned singer is too old to judge "American Idol," reports CNN.com.

As previously reported, Franklin -- who has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, won 18 Grammys and was ranked at the top of Rolling Stone's list of the 100 greatest singers of all time -- is interested in joining "American Idol" as a judge.

"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," Gifford said, according to the story.

Franklin responded in an email, which was obtained by CNN, that took issue with Gifford's comment.

"While I enjoy Kathie Lee and Hoda daily, her assessment is totally wrong!" Franklin wrote. "[M]y audience and fans span the age of 8 to 90! And are multi-ethnic, and I am very well known to young adults, tweens and teens. Their parents play my music and I take care of my business whenever I sign on the dotted line!

"I'm surprised Kathie Lee did not research my worldwide celebrity audience!" the singer wrote.

Franklin also took issue with comments from an E! correspondent, who pointed out she doesn't like to fly, making it hard for her to travel for auditions.

"I've been to California from Detroit four times this year and Florida. I go wherever I choose to go comfortably on my custom bus," Franklin wrote, according to the story.