Kathie Lee Gifford Eats Crow After Her Comments Anger Aretha Franklin TVNewser

Kathie Lee Gifford followed up on NBC’s “Today” show Wednesday after comments she made on the show earlier in the week drew an angry response from the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.

Gifford apologized to the singer for questioning her relevance and suggesting she might not make a good judge on "American Idol," reports

As we reported yesterday, Gifford said on "Today" that "there are a lot of kids out there [who] actually don't know who Aretha Franklin is. It's sad, but they don't."

Franklin, who appears to be actively campaigning for a judge's job on "Idol," responded via email, taking issue with Gifford’s comment. 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."

Gifford on Wednesday morning offered an apology, noting, "There is nobody in the world like her. My point was there is a whole generation of kids, some kids don’t know who Barbra Streisand is, who Frank Sinatra is …”

Her co-host Hoda Kotb responded, "She's still mad at you."