Jennifer Hudson Is ‘Still In Shock’ Aretha Franklin Chose Her To Play Her In A Biopic

– I have worn that before, it is so great. – Really, thank you. – Yes, when you’ve got a little curve? I love that outfit. – Hey!
– Yes! I mean, how busy is your life though? – It’s busy. – Every time we’ve texted, you’ve been doing four jobs like me. – You too?
– [Kelly] Yeah. – I mean, doing film now it’s like okay, you’re coming out of
television from “The Voice” or “The Voices” and now
back in film with “Cats” and “Respect” so yeah, it’s busy. – Oh my god, I mean okay. So one thing I love about her is that she, when she gets really excited
and she loves something, she throws her shoes.
– I do. – It’s like my favorite thing. It’s like, because they’re expensive shoes and I’m like wow! But where did you get that from? – It’s like a feeling. Before I know it, my shoe is thrown. But it’s a compliment
Kelly, you know that. – I know that, yes, yes. – So before I know, it’s like oh my god, I need to let them know. – My goal is to be performing
and you’re watching and you throw your shoe. – Get up and sing and
you’re gonna catch a shoe. – And I win if you do it.
– That’s it. – So Christmas is next week,
are y’all ready at your house? – Oh my god, I kick off
my holiday festivities the day after Halloween, okay? – Oh we do too. – So my drivers must play Christmas music, I put up my lights, candles,
all of that good stuff so yes, I’m more than ready.
– Yes, I love it, okay, okay. So you throw a big Christmas
karaoke party every year too. I want to come.
– Yes, yes. You should come. And then we could sing
together and I’ll throw shoes. So it’s the ugly sweater. – We should do songs that
no one’s gonna expect. Like we should both do
Jay-Z and Lincoln Park. – And in a Christmas form, that’d be good, we should do that. – So what, you do ugly Christmas sweaters. That’s not ugly, you’re hot. – Well, I had to give you
a little shoulder girl. I need an elf or something. – You don’t do ugly Christmas sweater, you do hot person in a sweater. – But I put on the worse thing
I could find in my closet that represents the holidays.
– That’s adorable! – And then I sing with
everybody that comes in. – Wait, that comes in? So where do you– – I have ugly sweater karaoke,
Starbucks Christmas party. That’s a long title, I know. – [Kelly] Extraordinary, I love that. – So I do it every year,
that’s a tradition. – I love it, so inclusive too. The neighborhood, everybody
coming in, it’s really cool. – Yes, y’all come too. – You do look super hot though, and it’s not ugly at all, so eh. But will you tell us about
the gift drive you do for kids each year, right? – Each year we have the
Julian D King Gift Foundation. This is maybe the 10th year. I originally started
in my church basement. I took a little money out of my pocket to give back to the kids in honor of my late nephew, Julian King. So we have a local toy drive which gives to everybody who wants to come and then we have a specific dinner where we nominate the kids
and they bring them in and we grant their biggest Christmas wish. We give them a banquet,
they have live music. My sister and my family,
we hand them out gifts. We do it every year. – This is the coolest thing.
– [Jennifer] Thank you. – That is so sweet and thoughtful
because you’re very busy. That’s so cool. Alright, well speaking of toys, Lego has something for everybody on your list this holiday season and everyone in the audience is receiving their very own Lego set from the brand new Lego Hidden Side. (audience cheers and applauds) And that’s not all! That’s not all. I have big news for Jennifer. I have big news for Jennifer. Our friends at Lego are
donating $150,000 worth of toys to the Julian D King gift
foundation in Chicago. – Oh, thank you! – Yes, we loved what you were doing! – I love that.
– Isn’t that nice? $150,000 worth of toys, they’re donating to Julian
D King Foundation guys. – Thank you! – The new movie “Cats”, I’m very excited. Well we did have your
co-star Jason Derulo in here and he did talk about
training to be a cat. He went to cat school.
– Cat school. – So okay, you did too,
so take a look at this. – Yeah, it’s a lot of core
so you’ll be on two feet and then you’ll just be
having a conversation. – That’s why they didn’t call me. Oh shoot! (audience cheers and applauds) – [Woman] Okay. – Well I’m not gonna do that. – I felt like I was on
the set of “Magic Mike”. I was like okay. Daytime just went night time. – You know, that was a lot of cat. – It was real sexy. – [Jennifer] Kelly! – No, I’m just saying how
he moved, I was like what? Because you can’t use your knees. – Well each cat was different though. So we all found our own cat. You go find your cat, I’ll find my cat. – Oh my cat wouldn’t have been standing. – I wonder what your cat would be like. – My cat would have been lounging. I would have been that one
by the door you have to push. So you didn’t have to do all that? – Well Grizabella is a different cat. – You were talking
about playing Grizabella when we were doing “The
Voice”, a minute ago, so how was it, that’s an iconic role. – [Jennifer] It is.
– [Kelly] Were you excited? – Excited, scared, all of that. Grizabella, she carries
the heart of the story and the weight. She’s mysterious and
she’s the dejected cat. So my cat was outcast,
so I would only creep in and they would scare me away. I had the fight scenes
and the emotional scenes. – Oh you’re perfect,
that’s why they picked you. Yes.
– Okay. – No, I just mean you’re so passionate, like, even when you’re performing. I mean, you won an Oscar for
it, that’s why they asked you. Because you won an Oscar because
you’re so good at emoting and really being the
vessel for the message. That’s so cool.
– Thank you. – Did you feel terrified
about doing Memories? – I did, I did. – I have never sang that song. – So you understand,
because you’re a singer. – I’m not ever gonna sing it, yeah, no. Barbara Streisand?
– Exactly. – Bye, no!
(audience laughs) – She said it all. That’s exactly how I said it, I couldn’t have put it into better words. It’s like okay, wow I
can’t get to get the role and then I got it and I’m like, oh you want me to sing Memories? Well if y’all say I can do this, okay. – Oh my god, you can sing your tail off. I bet it sounds amazing. – It’s again, I let it with emotion because it’s the way that the story ends. With Grizabella, there’s only so much time that you have to get to know her, get an understanding of
her and when you see her, you want to know who she
is, what her story is, what she’s been through
and that’s in a song. So it was really heavy and emotional but again, I wanted to keep
it as true to the context of everything we know it to be
and love it to be, you know? – Oh my gosh, I am so
excited to see you in it. – Thank you. – It bet it’s magical,
because you’re so good. Another movie, let’s talk about this one. Aretha Franklin picked you, literally. I saw something that said
Aretha Franklin said, “nobody better play me
but Jennifer Hudson.” Like, she was–
– Wow. (audience applauds) – I’m just saying,
that’s the Queen of Soul and she full on shut down any other player that wanted to play that role. She was like, no. That’s got to feel incredible. – You know my song for “American Idol” was “Share Your Love With
Me” by Aretha Franklin and to flash forward 15 years
later, I’m playing Aretha. Again, she’s an iconic figure
that we all love and respect, and admire her.
– [Kelly] Look at you. – That’s why she came to
see me in “Color Purple”. – Aretha Franklin came
to just see you perform. I want your life. – It was then when she called me. She was like, “I’ve made my decision “and it is you I want to play me, “but don’t you start telling anyone” and then she did an interview the next day and like, “I have spoken
to that young lady” and I’m like, ma’am I won’t say a thing, yes ma’am, whatever you
tell me to do, I do, you’re the Queen, you know. – That’s even more
nervous than the other– – I’m still in shock. – But you’re gonna nail it. I mean, anybody else should
be terrified to do that but it’s written for you. I think that’s why she
probably saw you perform and knew that you’d be able
to carry all that emotion and all that real, raw power and that’s what she represents, so I think you’re gonna be amazing. – I won’t take that
lightly, Kelly, thank you. – I’m very excited for you.
– Thank you. – So I think music lets us travel to past moments of our lives.
– Oh yes. – You know, it’s always
nostalgic, do you agree? – Totally.
– Okay, okay. Okay, since you agree, I want to go back through the memories, get it?
– I love you. – The memories on Jennifer’s playlist, but it’s thousands of songs because there’s a lot of
songs on her playlist right? So it’s time to play a game
called Playlist Shuffle. (upbeat rock music)
(audience applauds) – Oh my god, I love him. – Thank you so much. – Merry Christmas. – Merry Christmas. (audience laughs and applauds) – That was like, the least
excited Merry Christmas I’ve ever received. Oh my god, I love him. Okay, so here’s how it works. I have this button and our super computer shuffles through Jennifer’s
personal playlist until it lands on a song and Jennifer tells us what
the song means to her. Ready?
– Yes. – Okay, here we go. (ding) Magic of television.
– It’s magical. – It’s magical. Alright, what does “Movin’
On Up” mean to you? I love this song. – Everybody loves this song.
– Movin’ on up. – Okay, I’m a sitcom fanatic.
– Me too. – Do y’all remember when
they put all the sitcoms on DVDs and stuff? I collected every single one of them. – I have them. – And my absolute favorite
sitcom is the Jeffersons. Well, come on babe, we’re moving on up. – Movin’ on up!
– There you go. – I love that song. – That song, don’t act like
you don’t know “Movin’ On Up”, that’s my song.
– I love that song! And I love what it represents
of everybody can come, that’s the American dream, right? Like, I’m living it, yeah.
– Me too. We both are.
– So I love that song. – “Movin’ On Up”.
– Very happy, okay. – I can hit it. Alright, that’s a good song. So, what does “I Wanna Dance
With Somebody” mean to you? – Whitney Houston, who I love. – [Kelly] But why that
one above all the others? – Because it’s just such a
feel good song, any time. To me, music dictates my every emotion and others, even if you know it or not, and so it just puts me in my happy place and Whitney was my favorite. I just want to twirl around
in the mirror with a brush and just sing the song.
– With her high hair. – With the big hair. – And the blue eyeshadow
and the pink lips. I love those videos. – It just takes you back into
that joyous place, I think. – Yeah, and it reminds
us of when we were kids and you wanted to be a
singer and it happened. You know what I’m saying? Every kid’s doing that. – I used to be in my
mother’s hallway at home singing Whitney Houston. – Me too, my mom hated it.
(audience laughs) But she is thankful now. We lived in a very small
apartment, a small duplex, so I was loud. Can you imagine, America,
this in close quarters? It’s a lot.

100 Responses

  1. Gloria Bazemore says:

    I like Kelly.

  2. Clare Logue says:

    she should have said her Mother and nephew were gunned down and murdered…. she does hand out gifts for the south side of chicago yearly……a star can give back……she also lost over 80 lbs and has kept it off….. I don't like her attitude, but considering what's she been through……

  3. Adam Ali says:

    Love their friendship, they've worked together and have a similar success story.

  4. Igor Oliveira says:


  5. NOOT NOOT says:

    Jennifer needs to be Kelly’s co host their chemistry is amazing i loved this πŸ˜‚

  6. chris venegas says:

    Kelly so fake…I love this I love that that is beautiful and on on and on

  7. Nico uchikaze says:

    PLEASE have ADAM LAMBERT in the show i would love to see the two greates American idol contestant togheter!

  8. Joe Tolo says:

    Kelly: I have big news!
    Audience: 😱
    Kelly: For Jennifer..
    Audience: 😐

  9. Que Avant says:

    Well when are we going to get a preview of the Aretha Franklin biopic

  10. thedemiurge says:

    Well she is perfect as aretha franklin and we can all forget about the time she said she wanted halle berry to play her.

  11. john tripp says:

    Like I said, she's a Goddess

  12. Donald Raife says:

    Ms. Kelly
    Good show

  13. Skip McDonald says:

    Such fun!!

  14. Robert Harrison says:

    Jennifer Hudson can't sing and she stole the shoe throwing from Patty Labelle. Aretha wanted Fantasia not Jennifer lyin ass.

  15. Johnny Williams says:

    Thy shall worship no Idiols.

  16. mdooms76 says:

    Patti was the first to throw shoes. I'm sure she got it from her.

  17. Cc Roberts says:

    You go Jennifer! You are beautiful and strong! And Kelly so kind and amazing!
    Duets please!!
    Bless you guys πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡

  18. cm29757 says:

    I loooveeeeeee Kelly but she talks like : tomorrow is the end of the world πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  19. Kenneth McBride says:

    well patti labelle kick her shoes off, been doing that for years.

  20. AKIYIAKELLY says:

    Love Jennifer

  21. AKIYIAKELLY says:

    The Host is Great…
    I Never seen her before.
    I heard of her but never seen her.

  22. Jane Devells says:

    I really like her show it represents our generation revelance

  23. Kelli’s Life from her chair says:

    i would love to sing with you Kelly

  24. Carolyn Hogan says:

    Could that be because she sold her soul

  25. Poppyseed Vintage says:

    I’m surprised too!!

  26. Patrick Santos says:

    Damn hudson looks so good

  27. MHASEPALU Rhakho says:

    Jennifer Hudson has a beautiful πŸ’“

  28. AJ 77 says:

    Jennifer Hudson = female version of Jamie Foxx. Those 2 can sing and act.

  29. Shining Spark says:

    Jennifer Hudson is looking beautiful. One of talented singers with humble manner. Like her

  30. Larry Banks says:

    Wow I love this

  31. Naught Guile says:

    I am in love with this talk show right now. I just hope they leave politics and race out of it. Just look at this interview it's so clean and light hearted. Us humans should start looking at each other as humans and not the color of skin, shape of our eyes whatsoever. I really hate the my people your people mentality.

  32. Larry Banks says:

    Wow I love this

  33. Nileney M says:


  34. sonablom says:

    I love the way she says Kelly lol.

  35. An Dy says:

    Jhud is throned as the queen of soul now

  36. MAMAMOO & ATEEZ says:

    American idol iconic reunion πŸ˜‚

  37. Mono Chrome says:

    Kelly is so refreshing.

  38. ar says:


  39. The Official Andy Saenz says:

    I wonder if anyone will ever do a Whitney Houston biopic? Why is nobody even talking about it? She’s another deceased legend that should be honored with her own biopic.

  40. Eka Purnama says:

    Kelly it's about Love everything

  41. jills911 says:

    Folx in the black church always throw shoes, tissues, handkerchiefs…

  42. The Official Andy Saenz says:

    Wow, Jennifer Hudson’s journey to the top of the music industry has been amazing! She auditioned for American Idol, ended up in 7th, still ended up getting her first Grammy award presented to her by Whitney Houston, wins an Oscar for Dream Girls, had Aretha Franklin show up at one of her performances to tell her she wants HER to do her biopic, just did CATS, and is now on this show talking about all of it!

  43. Rose Allen says:

    Jhud "my driver's" 🀒

  44. Debbie Smith says:

    Kelly and J HUD phenomenal ladies.

  45. Aminah Shabazz says:

    Kelly gets an A for effort. πŸ˜‰

  46. J nid says:

    will she sing as Aretha? she doesn't sound like Aretha at all

  47. LO VE says:

    Love you JHud, but you know got the shoe throwing from Ms. Patti.

  48. dflolcrafter says:

    Omg she said linkin park

  49. Claude Policano says:

    I love kelly but she’s not a talk show host

  50. Vinicius Matias says:

    Kelly looks like a very nice person.

  51. Stefanie Cawley says:

    I didn't even want to watch CATS until listening to Jennifer talk about her role. Now I'm interested

  52. justin ARNAZ says:

    I love Jennifer ❀️

  53. jc ariz says:

    Kelly n jhud being together never get me bored

  54. Paul says:

    β€œI make my drivers play Xmas music” – this says a lot about this woman. And Kelly is great but she really needs to stop talking over her guests.

  55. sovilia pratt says:

    Jennifer is one of my best idol ladies…love love love her…πŸ‘πŸ‘

  56. Raschka Pascha says:

    Both amazing women 😍

  57. Lewie Homan says:

    Jennifer Hudson is such an elegant person I love her so much

  58. Trix Sands says:

    Two of my favorite singing voices!

  59. Pamela Acero says:

    2 of my fave in one screen being comfortable with each other. ❀

  60. Liam Myers says:

    Me , Barbra Streisand…. byeeeee πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ HIMBLE QUEENS THEY ARE!!!

  61. Rafael GregΓ³rio says:

    Te amo, loves U, te quiero JHUD!!πŸ’•πŸ’•

  62. Ryan says:

    1:19 apologies for being a weird perv!

  63. Jaypee Crisostomo says:

    I wish kelly would invite all season winners just for the nostalgia…it would great to see all of them perform together 😍😍😍

  64. Danitta Stover says:

    I can remember Aretha Franklin being on Wendy Williams show and wanting Halle Berry two-player and when they suggested like Fantasia or Jennifer Hudson she likes snubbed that idea

  65. Mz Self is ALWAYS First says:

    That's Patti move throwing them shoes u should have said where you got that from πŸ“Œβ€οΈI like her though

  66. Marc Goce says:

    Well this is shocking news, i would definitely be in shock if she chose a white woman to play her

  67. Daniel Rosales says:

    "You should come, we could sing together and I throw shoes" πŸ˜‚, I love it

  68. M. Doreen Bigham-Richardson says:

    Just love her signature purple tone lipstick!. Even the one she wears in the video below! πŸ‘‡
    Jennifer Hudson Carpool Karaoke

  69. Texas Made says:

    Both have amazing voices !!

  70. Kee Leichtle says:

    Two American Idol Queens! (Of course, Carrie is too but we have yet to see her on this show! Hint Hint!)

  71. Guillermo Sanchez says:


  72. cnealz says:

    I love both of them.

  73. Angel Bonet says:

    I wonder why they SHADE Fantasia so much??? I thought Kelly and Tasia was cool?!?!

  74. THEGREATONE WP says:

    Cats was so good!! Everyone should see it

  75. Maria Hunt says:

    Love Kelly's positivity and personality!! Ms. Jennifer is great as well! Both talented young ladiesπŸ‘πŸ‘β€οΈ

  76. ryzardt says:

    Memory is Elaine Page's Song

  77. Tina Hang says:

    So why did they hold Auditions for the role of Aretha in Detroit Michigan

  78. Luis Ferreira says:

    Kelly interrupts so much its annoying..Hope she calms down cause she as a good show here..

  79. Emilia Zabberoni says:

    OMG… please.. do Jay-Z & Linkin Park😍😍😍

  80. Steven Turner says:

    I feel bad for her to be in that hot mess cats πŸ˜‚ what a embarrassing film

  81. David Maine says:

    So did y’all hear, Cats flopped at the box office last weekend.

  82. Jayson Vistal says:

    I’m so obsessed with these girls.

  83. Michael Gaynor says:

    Aretha Franklin is sending Love down to Jennifer Hudson, saying what an Honor! Jennifer Hudson will nail it.β™₯️β™₯️β™₯️β™₯️

  84. Jaylin Kirskey says:

    You know what I noticed Jennifer sounds just like BeyoncΓ© when she’s talking like when she was in her early days

  85. Ernan Dalcolmo says:

    I love both.

  86. Kolawole David Ajiboye says:

    Kelly is so positive, she gains a lot of energy lifting others.

  87. Talib Moore says:

    Jennifer looking good πŸ‘πŸ˜πŸ˜

  88. Alex Geoffroy says:

    She said we grant there biggest Christmas gift and I’m thinking what about all those little girls who want a pony. Whose gonna take care of the after cost. Also where is he girl gonna put the pony

  89. Desert Moon says:

    American Idol reunion! <3 Love it.

  90. ron campbell says:

    Aretha didnt choose her Clive Davis did cause he is help her fund the movie Aretha really wanted Fantasia and would have been a better choice because Fantasia would have embody this role Jennifer is to loud and her range is to wide

  91. Mail From Dre says:

    Not usually a fan a Jennifer but I like this interview. I didn't think of her as Aretha but damn that makes sense.

  92. alexis pacheco says:

    "Get up and sing, you goin catch a shoe"

  93. lupelupelupe says:

    kelly, i wish you show to be o for a lONG time. I love your show!

  94. Sariah Lace says:

    I β€οΈπŸ§¨πŸ§¨πŸ’―πŸ’―πŸ’―πŸ’―πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘πŸ‘β˜οΈβ˜οΈβ€οΈπŸ’•πŸ’•β€οΈthem both.

  95. JayDrake says:

    omg I love Kelly personality

  96. Joy Mosley says:

    Jennifer can sing anything!

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  98. datgirl westcost says:

    First time I've seen her smile like this since dream girl.. I'm happy she's happy.

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  100. Karen Porter says:

    I don't give a damn what anybody says Jennifer voice is so powerful she can make any song her own she have a beautiful voice and it's powerful and it's on she's saying this strong and powerful she can't help it it's beautiful and I love her

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