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September 11, 2009

Whitney Houston opens up to Oprah – a preview

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pat davis   September 11th, 2009 4:48 pm ET

I am so pleased that Whitney Houston is making a comeback and I wisth her the best. I enjoyed this clip, her mom came in and she wasn't going for it anymore. Too bad no one stepped in for Michael Jackson.


MaryRM   September 11th, 2009 5:33 pm ET

Pat – every word you just wrote – My exact thoughts. And I wish Whitney Houston the best – her musical talent is considerable and I am very happy to see her coming back.


Raychil   September 11th, 2009 6:05 pm ET

I love Whitney and am glad she made it back. It is also god to hear how her mom took the initiative to help her get back on track. That' what family is for.
Love you Whitney!!


chilled4sure   September 11th, 2009 7:07 pm ET

Oh give me a break. There are thousands of addicts that get clean. It is what one is supposed to do. Don't give celebrities a medal for doing the right thing.

Give anyone a medal who actually does service and keeps it a secret.


Remy   September 11th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

No one is talking about giving any celebrity a medal;
we are just happy to see someone come out of their personal nightmare and madness and take control before they become another tragity.
We can"t judge but we can applaud and encourage a person for detoxing may they be a regular person or a celebrity.


noa defay   September 11th, 2009 10:12 pm ET

who cares about witney. she has one good song , lets watch charlie sheen on Larry king live!


simba   September 11th, 2009 10:26 pm ET

I'm happy for Whitney and wish her every success. But I won't be watching. Oprah's cruel treatment of Michael Jackson, in life and in death, has turned me off her. She may win me back, but she's got some atoning to do.


SuzieCanada   September 11th, 2009 11:02 pm ET

I heard that Oprah recently told ET that she believed Michael was guilty. Anyone heard anything about that? In any case, Michael Jackson is dead and I couldn't care less about either Oprah or Whitney. Sorry!


SuzieCanada   September 11th, 2009 11:35 pm ET

correction: it wasn't ET, it was Access Hollywood that Oprah was talking to. I just found the interview online. She didn't say she believed he was guilty, but she implied it, saying "she didn't know" is he was or not. But I still stand by my last sentence. So long big O.


Lisa S   September 12th, 2009 4:01 am ET

This is what Michaels family should have done for Michael....


Lisa S   September 12th, 2009 4:04 am ET

SuzieCanada September 11th, 2009 11:35 pm ET

Either you belive the media and tabloids or you dont. One cant believe the media when they are saying things you want to believe and bash media when you dont likte what they say.

Personally, I only believe what I hear being said from the persons own mouth. I dont believe anything written in a paper no matter it is about Michael, Operah or Withney. If they speak, i might believe it, if they are quoted I couldnt care less.


Lisa S   September 12th, 2009 4:09 am ET

chilled4sure September 11th, 2009 7:07 pm ET

Yes, thousands of addicts get clean and that is great! But for some it is harder and they need support. I think it was wonderful and true love that made Withneys mum stepping in and trying everything within her power to help her daughter get away from the addiction, both the addiction to the drugs and the addiction to Bobby.

She is about 5 or 6 years younger than Michael and look how she glows! Compare that to when she preformed at his 30 Madison Sq Garden anniversary! Or compare it to how he looked the month before he died. He could also have gone back to this state, if someone had been strong and brave enough!


Samantha - South Africa   September 12th, 2009 11:12 am ET

I have great admiration for Whitney Houston as I think she's an exceptional performer but what I can't understand is why didn't Oprah dedicate a 2 hour show to Michael?I mean this man has transcended beyond all else and he only gets one hour?????????Anyways,I always believed that Oprah is only doing the show about Michael not because out of the goodness of her heart coz if it were the case,then she would've acknowledged him 2 and half months ago but rather just to increase her probably slumping popularity & her ratings!!!!


simba   September 12th, 2009 12:35 pm ET

Lisa S – Michael Jackson had serious health issues that required him to use prescription drugs with a high propensity for fostering dependence. He was not out in the streets looking for a high. Rather he constantly sought the help of medical professionals, and they failed him.

Parents can find themselves hauled into court, under threat of legal dissolution of their parental rights, if they oppose the medical establishment regarding the treatment of their children. MJ was not a minor, of course, but you can't blame his family for not correcting a condition created and exacerbated by doctors, with all the force of the medical and legal establishment behind them.


Lisa S   September 12th, 2009 12:54 pm ET

simba:

I think it would have been a goood thing if MJs parents had find them selves in court. Then all the drugs prescribed for michael jackson might have been looked into and questioned.

Also, I think that parents hav e no problems finding them selves in course if it was to save their childrens life.

It doesnt matter if he was out in the streets or not, I think his past 10 years could have been much better if somebody had been brave enough to step in and put an end to whatever he went through.


simba   September 12th, 2009 1:15 pm ET

Lisa S – Are you in the US? I suspect you are not, or else you would know that American law does not allow the kind of action that you advocate. Michael Jackson was taking legal prescription drugs. If any member of MJ's family tried to remove him from his home and force him into treatment, they could be charged with kidnapping, an offense that could get you fifteen years in Federal prison.

MJ's parents cannot be held responsible for the drugs prescribed for their adult son. The doctors' actions were immoral, but unfortunately, not illegal.


Pren   September 12th, 2009 2:21 pm ET

Samantha- south africa...Do you when we will be able to the Oprah interview about MJ on tv since we are a couple months behind??


Lisa S   September 12th, 2009 2:27 pm ET

There is always things you can do and if it is a matter of life and death, I personally would have done anything in my power to save a sister or a son.

I dont know if what Withneys mum did was leagal or not but I would have done the same and I wished somebody had done the same for Michael. I'd rather spend my life in jail than see my son die.

Sometimes you even have to kidnap. Think about people in sects that other familiy members have kidnapped against the law. if it is a matter of life or death and nobody else is in danger most people would have broken the law.


Susan62509   September 13th, 2009 4:11 am ET

There are numerous rehab programs in the U.S. for treatment for minors and adults. When family members are worried about one of their own, they can go to court and get a court order from the judge to remove the addicted person from their home ,with help from police, and taken to a rehab center. The court order is based on "anyone who can cause harm to others or himself".

Any patient cannot be forced to stay in a treatment facility longer than 10 days against their will. The court order mentioned above is the only document (harm to himself) that can legally justify to keep the patient longer than 10 days.

Yes, anybody could have saved Michael Jackson. I my opinion no one bothered to research addiction/rehab/legal to find out what steps can be done. Using MJ's security guards as an excuse is something I cannot accept. Just think, all that information was just a "click" away on Google. Prayers and wishes do not work for addiction. It takes true love and determination to help an addict.


Susan62509   September 13th, 2009 4:15 am ET

Also, Oprah should not give her opinions in public regarding MJ's past court case. If she was in the courtroom or sitting on the jury, then I might consider her opinion.

Congratulations Whitney Houston. Stay clean and keep you loving mother and fans happy but most important YOURSELF.


Terry, TX   September 13th, 2009 4:41 am ET

Just another celebrity junkie...who ruined her career...and who couldn't stay clean for a daughter...she missed that girl's life....but oh...she is soooooo sorry and she wants us to spend our money on her again. That's like saying Charlie Sheen is still clean...NAH!


Lisa S   September 13th, 2009 5:20 am ET

"Prayers and wishes do not work for addiction. It takes true love and determination to help an addict."

This is think is very important and especially in US where the solutions to a lot of things seems to be in prayers and churches. I have nothing against any religion but sometimes action is needed.

I agree with you susan


Eli, Jerusalem/Israel   September 13th, 2009 5:43 am ET

Is it kosher to take a non-Michael blog over? I don't care, but I thought there had been a fuzz about it last week, for people (non MJ blog attenders) complaining to LKL that all the blogs are jamming because of MJ.


Eli, Jerusalem/Israel   September 13th, 2009 6:01 am ET

Could anybody give me in a nutshell what Oprah said about Michael? No matter which video I try, I get the message it can not be played 'in my region'.


Lisa S   September 13th, 2009 6:02 am ET

Eli:

I have no idea. I guess they take away our comments if they dont want them in here. But somehow I think this clip with Withney Houston connect to MJ. They were both in a crisis. (at least that is what I think, I know some people say that MJ was in perfect health but I dont think so) and Withney is still alive and Michael is not. Withney was lucky enough to have someone who cared enough to act.

O dpmt write so many comments during the weekdays as I work a lot so I dont think I overload the blogs.


cherubijne, The Netherlands   September 13th, 2009 6:39 am ET

'He was a true original'

Ms. OPRAH:

YES, HE WAS.......................................................

but only for the people with an honest heart...


Stu,Hungary   September 13th, 2009 7:31 am ET

Noa Defay! What?????????????????? Withney had only 1 good song? You are sane!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She had lots of fames good songs,and she is very talented!I am happy,she come back.Atlist 1 talented musision still doo something.

Did i hear correctly,that her child is not with her?


Stu,Hungary   September 13th, 2009 7:33 am ET

Simba!Not illigal?But Murray didnt have licens to work with this kinde of drogs...


Stu,Hungary   September 13th, 2009 7:35 am ET

Simba,i would doo that,what Lisa S said,if it was about my child life.I would not care nothing to save my child.


Stu,Hungary   September 13th, 2009 7:39 am ET

What nobody understand,Michael not only simpley had addiction.He was sturving of illness,and he had lots of pain.He needed painkillers,and he couldnt sleap.He didnt just take medcations,couse he was addictid,and couldnt stop them,but he needed them still to treat hes problems.


Eli, Jerusalem/Israel   September 13th, 2009 8:09 am ET

I was able to see the footage by making an awful lot of U-turns on the internet because Access Hollywood would give me "not in your region".

Well, Oprah was plain and simple telling what she thought:
1)she didn;t go to the memorial because she did not see him as a friend (I wonder, was she invited?)
2) she thinks that by his sudden death we will never know what exactly happened with the boys. I take this as Oprah still not knowing what to think of it.


Eli, Jerusalem/Israel   September 13th, 2009 8:10 am ET

BTW News of the World has a new article on Michael reminders in his bedroom, for those of you who still read the tabloid.


Gerald Jolly   September 13th, 2009 8:33 am ET

I'm really surprised by lots of you folks.

Whitney "CLEAN"???

If you watched the Oprah show and observed Whitney "FIGITTING", her "EYES" "SQUINTING" her body "SHAKING" do you really believe she is clean??

Whitney is atempting a come-back because she's broke and cant afford to support her "COCAINE" habit.

She is so far over the line that she would need a "CRANE" to drag her back from the "COCAINE PIT" she lives in.


Stu,Hungary   September 13th, 2009 9:31 am ET

Gerald Jolly.I have see horiible pictures of Whitney,where she was look a 100 years olb wich.If she is not clean,how she can look this beautifull?


Gerald Jolly   September 13th, 2009 9:41 am ET

Stu,Hungary.

Stu, it is absolutely amazing how a make-up artist can make someone look completely different than they are.

I would bet my last dollar that she was in MAKE-UP for more than an hour.

She is, and always will be a chronic drug addict.

She has gone way to far over the line to recover from her cocaine habit


Stu,Hungary   September 13th, 2009 9:45 am ET

I think,everybody can stop anytime,thay whant.There is no line.But maybe her nurves are killed,thats why you see strange things.I dont know,but i heared,its the easyest thing to got clean,but harder to keap that way.I hope,she can.


Lisa S   September 13th, 2009 12:58 pm ET

Gerald Jolly September 13th, 2009 8:33 am ET

If you have time, look at the pics from Michael Jacksons Madison Squr Grdns 30 th anniversary, and compare the Whitney you see there with the withney above. If she is totally cured or clean now, we dont know but she is surely looking a lot better.

However, the discussion Stu and myself is having is not wether Whithney is clean or not but how good it was that her mum never gave up until she got to her daughter and she left Bobby. Nobody did that for Michael. The dad appearently wasnt strong enough to break through the security barriers.


Cocovelvet   September 13th, 2009 2:50 pm ET

You are my girl Whitney......... just continue picking up those pieces of yourself coz i wanna see you soon on stage. Last time I saw you on stage was in Germany/ cologne in 1998.......can't wait for that sweet voice !!!!


Gerald Jolly   September 13th, 2009 4:51 pm ET

Lisa S, believe me I have nothing against Whitney Houston "AT ALL"

But what bothers me, is that many of these Stars look for an opportunity to exploit the system in order to fall back into their fan's good graces.

During my life at "PRACTICING LAW" I have run into so many of the so-called reformed drug addicts, and in my experience more than 90% of them have not and will not clean themselves up, they are merely looking for a forum that will allow them to get back into the "LIMELIGHT" for awhile in order to earn some of the millions they once earned.

About her appearance, as I answered to Stu from Hungary, and I'm sure you know this.
"A GOOD MAKE-UP ARTIST CAN LITERALY TAKE 20 YEARS OF YOUR FACE, BY SIMPLY COVERING UP THE DAMAGE COCAINE OR HEROIN HAS REAKED ON A PERSON"

Unfortunately, there are just too many of these "EX-STARS" that are trying to rejuvinate their careers simple to get enough money to continue supporting their drug habit, and they will use anybody and any method to do that.

In my opinion Whitney is not "CLEAN" and as to the comments she made about her mother rescuing her.???

Once again only a ploy to convince the uninformed that she is back from the brink of disaster.

Just one question for you.

"WHY WAS'NT HER MOTHER THERE BY HER SIDE IF SHE WAS SO IMPORTANT IN HELPING HER TO MAKE A COMEBACK"

" I WOULD BET MY BOTTOM DOLLAR, THAT OPRAH WOULD HAVE WELCOMED HER ON HER SHOW IF THAT WAS REALLY TRUE"

The time has come for these "DRUG ADDICTED" so-called stars to be held accountable for their completely unacceptable behavior.

I would pay a penny to see her or go to her concert.

"SHE DOES NOT DESERVE IT"


Stu,Hungary   September 13th, 2009 8:54 pm ET

I dont care this stars personal life.I care,if there is someone,today in this horrible music world,who is talented,and dooing something.I dont know,if Withney is clean or not.I hope,she got away from her horrible husband,but most of all,i will be very happy,if she start to sing again,so we can have atlist 1 talent today.And if she perform gfood,i would pay for it.


simba   September 13th, 2009 10:26 pm ET

Stu – the drugs that MJ was alleged to have taken have unfortunate side effects, but they're not illegal. This doesn't excuse Dr. Murray's actions – you can buy arsenic at the hardware store, but it doesn't mean you can go around poisoning people with it.

At the time of his death, it appeared that MJ was actually in good health and had a handle on his problems with prescription drugs. You can't blame his family for not breaking down the doors at Holmby Hills and dragging him into rehab. He didn't die of drug addiction, he was murdered.

Oprah is all about redemption – she loves reformed sinners more than Jesus ever did. Her show is a great platform to launch Whitney's new album. It could be that Whitney is a chronic drug abuser who's just pretending to be clean. But it doesn't really matter to me. If I buy her album, all she owes me is a decent performance. Her drug problems are her own concern.


janette tx   September 14th, 2009 12:17 am ET

gerald
If you're a lawyer my doggie is a judge.You sound very
unprofessional in your comment.


Lisa S   September 14th, 2009 1:41 am ET

Gerald Jolly: Doesnt we all deserve respect?

Simba: How can you say that someone taking the drugs that MJ was taking and using oxygen tubes everynight have things under control?


Stu,Hungary   September 14th, 2009 4:37 am ET

Simba,we was talking about Whitney...


cherubijne, The Netherlands   September 14th, 2009 7:23 am ET

To Simba:
I agree

No, we are talking for months now, about Michael Jackson and all this corruption around him ...

It can't be that live goes on without Justice for him.

There is a huge difference between prescription medication and drugs...

Love


cherubijne, The Netherlands   September 14th, 2009 7:47 am ET

P.S.:
Only, at the time of his death, he was not in a good health.


Gerald Jolly   September 14th, 2009 9:19 am ET

A message to Janette TX.

I guess to an uneducated person I might sound unusual, so I will write at your level.

AH! DON NO WAH! YALL MAIN, WEN YALL REEFER TU MAY, EAZ BEEN ONPROFESSHUNAL, MYBY AH! NEADS TU GIT BAK TU SCOOL HU!
ALL YALL PAYPLE FROM TEXASS BITTER TRA AND LARN HU TU WRATE BITTER HU!


Gerald Jolly   September 14th, 2009 9:22 am ET

If you had as much "DOPE" in your head as she has shot up in her arms and nose.

YOUR HEAD WOULD EXPLODE.

"NO SYMPATHY FROM ME"


Barber D Seville   September 14th, 2009 11:04 am ET

I always thought that Whitney was the greatest female singer in the modern era. Then it happened....Bobby the supreme J.O. enters her life and here come the drugs...The greatest singer becomes an almost has been. Whitney, the lost years...Whitney stars in "Lost Horizon", Whitney lights up the screen in "They Made Me a Criminal",
Whitney amazes audiences as Esmarelda in the Hunchback of No More Fame, The perfect portrayal as Cathy in Wuthering Heights forced to live seperate lives so she wont f-ing DIE!
You better be serious girl and disperse the gift God has given you!
Be what you always were....The Best! And your mom....What a gal!


sonnet   September 14th, 2009 11:32 am ET

Whitney, I am happy to see that you are back. I am here for you to support you and will always love your music because you are the greatest female singer of all time. What a voice.
Get well because that is most important. Take care of yourself first and then bring us the good music.

You are in my prayers.


simba   September 14th, 2009 12:05 pm ET

Lisa S "Simba: How can you say that someone taking the drugs that MJ was taking and using oxygen tubes everynight have things under control?"

If Michael Jackson had not been murdered, by the incorrect and immoral use of anesthesiology drugs, we, the general public, would not have perceived any problem. It's not like the whole world knew about Diprivan and the oxygen tanks. And the drugs he was allegedly addicted to were not found in his system. Apparently he did have the painkillers under control.

Whitney Houston chose to, as we say, put her business on Front Street, to her detriment. Now she's known as much for her drug problems as for her talent.

MJ carried on his career on the world stage while dealing with the devastating effects of vitiligo and lupus. He didn't talk about it. So we didn't either, for the most part, even though we all saw him turn from black to white. His problems were were his problems, not his life or his legacy.


Lisa S   September 14th, 2009 2:02 pm ET

Simba:

Even though a lot of fans think so, the fans are not his family. He was an artist and he went into a role when he was in public. Of course, he was different off public. He was a human being and he had brothers and sisters and friends. I am only wishing that his family and friends had stepped in and supported him before it was too late.

Lupus and Vitiligo are deseases yes, but they do not requier that kind of medication at home and someone should have loved him enough to wake him up.

If you have a chance, read the Empires new clothes, a very good story...


Gerald Jolly   September 16th, 2009 11:27 am ET

"FLASH"

Elwood Brown, Whitneys drug connection speaks out on Whitney's s-called drug rehabilitation.

Know as the "BAG MAN" Elwood Brown told a reporter that on the night before her interview with Oprah, he delivered a $ 1,000.00 dollar package directly to Whitney.???

In the same interview he said, "QUOTE" A thousand dollars aint nothing, I have delivered as much as $ 20,000:00 dollars worth at some of the all night parties her and Bobbi used to hold regularly.

Has she really atempted to get "CLEAN" ???

Is the ocean filled with unsalted water ???


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