Did Dastardly Scoundrel Keith Washington Accidentally PREY on a Convalescing Aretha Franklin?

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I like many of you were saddened to hear that Aretha Franklin has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The prognosis for her disease is not good according to various unverified news sources. Our thoughts and prayers are with Aretha Franklin and her family.

Now on to the BIZARRE story of how The Queen of Soul ended up having her phone conversation broadcast to the world on an internet live stream by Keith Washington as he was hosting "Kisses After Dark" in Detroit.This was after the news broke that she had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

 Now Keith says that the broadcast was inadvertent.... uh huh riiight riiight. Keith YOU NEED MORE PEOPLE!

Here is Keith's statement after justifiably outraged folks tore into him:

Aretha Franklin has been a dear friend and colleague for over 20 years. We’ve toured together, prayed together, and laughed together.

For the past six weeks, I have been hosting Kisses After Dark on Kiss 105.9 in Detroit. In addition to being heard on the radio, a big part of the job is social networking and live video streaming. When I am not talking on the air I am working the phones with listeners and friends. The live video stream is on during my entire radio show.

On November 8, while on a break from the on-air broadcast, I called Aretha Franklin because it had just come to my attention she had to cancel her tour plans for the next six months due to health issues. Since Aretha’s been sick, I’ve been heartsick.

Our conversation was captured on the live video stream as are others but I was not aware her end of the conversation was audible to the microphone.

At no time was our conversation aired or broadcast on the radio — like many blogs and even reputable news organizations have claimed.

It is regrettable that anybody would characterize this as unethical when she is a dear friend. All I can say is that I’ve been talking about Aretha to my fans for years and me sharing my feelings about her with my audience was nothing unusual for me. I love her and her family dearly.

I am troubled by how the video has been received — not for myself, but for any pain it caused my friend.

I would never consciously do anything to hurt her or invade Aretha Franklin’s privacy. Both Radio One and I regret any distress this has caused to Aretha Franklin, her family or the public.


So what do y'all think? Accident or intentional act guaranteed to earn you a one-way high speed bus pass to HELL where you will promptly roast rotisserie style?


And why is he making personal phone calls on company time? #justsaying