Good Morning Britain has come under fire for its interview with Aretha Franklin’s ex-husband, Glynn Turman.
Following the death of the legendary soul singer, who passed away aged 76 after battling advanced pancreatic cancer, GMB interviewed her former partner, who was married to the ‘Respect’ singer for six years.
Speaking to presenters Sean Fletcher and Ranvir Singh, viewers felt the show cut him off and rushed him for answers multiple times, while others felt they probed too much, with questions about her sex life.
At one point, Glynn said: “She was always cracking jokes, you know. She had a repertoire of jokes that she would try out on you, you know…”
Cutting him off, Ranvir asked: “Can you give us a sense of some of those memories? Those warm, funny… you look so happy just thinking of her in that way.”
Glynn hesitated and said: “There are just not, no… not one in particular. Well, there are, but I can’t say what they are. But er… she could make a situation funny, that you wouldn’t think was funny necessarily when you first started with the situation. But her take on it would crack you up.”
Some viewers were critical of the interview, taking to social media to share their frustrations about how the chat played out.
Elsewhere in the chat, Glynn said: “[Aretha was] strong to the very end. I was holding her hand at the bedside, holding her wrist, which was now no more than skin and bone, but her pulse was so strong and so, so full of life.
“Her breathing was such a defiance of what was attacking her, that you got the sense Aretha was fighting all the way.”
Speaking of Aretha’s character, he said: “She was full of life, a very curious woman, wanted to try things that you wouldn’t think that she would.”
And of her influence on the civil rights movement, he added: “She did it with a tremendous will. Aretha was not one who would waver easily, you have to come with a pretty strong argument to change her mind.
“Segregation was not a strong enough argument to convince her that that’s the way things should be. That was drummed into her at an early age from a man I think she respected more than anyone else – her father.”
Good Morning Britain continues weekdays from 6.30am.
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