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ARTICLE BY CK LEWIS
Christian actress and first-time director Angela Bassett, 56, is uber talented, classy and graceful.
During press rounds for the Lifetime premiere of her Whitney Houston biopic, she stopped by Wendy Williams’
show and breezed through tough questions.
Less than five minutes into the discussion, the 50-year-old gossip-loving TV titan brought up Bobbi Kristina’s
2014 Internet bashing of Bassett.
“She got on Twitter and called you all the way out of your name,” Williams instigated.
Bassett chuckled, admitting she had not read the inflammatory commentary personally. “People told me a little
bit, I think,” she explained. “But, no I didn’t read it and it’s probably best… because things like that hurt your
feelings and they don’t really mean it before they say send,” she said, highlighting how impulsive emotional
social media users sometimes are.
Basset also told Williams she did not know of Bobbi’s desire to be in the movie, noting that casting was open to
During an Entertainment Weekly interview last year, when the Golden Globe winning actress was asked
whether she considered utilizing Bobbi, she said no.
“I did not think about casting her and probably for a number of reasons. One being that she’s not an actress,”
she said. “I know she’s acted here and there. I know she’s been on their family’s reality show, but she’s not an
actress and acting is a craft.”
Those statements were the very ones that touched off a firestorm, which Bassett says she did not intend.
During her sit-down with Williams, she also revealed that Houston’s cousin Dionne Warwick expressed
disapproval of Bobbi’s behavior.
“When the Bobbi Kristina thing happened, Ms. Dionne reached out to me and sent me an email saying, ‘You
know these kids. Whitney wouldn’t want you to be upset about that.’”
Bassett responded to Warwick’s gesture by saying “Thank you. I didn’t mean to cause any upset.”
Williams responded, “That’s nice.”
JANUARY 15, 2015
|Angela Bassett Talks ‘Whitney’ Biopic, Graciously Addresses Bobbi
Kristina Controversy [VIDEO]
PHOTO: WENDY WILLIAMS SHOW