In a rare interview, Cissy Houston opens up about the life and death of Whitney Houston, provides a Bobbi Kristina update and throw a little shade at her ex-son-in-law Bobby Brown. Watch the clip inside and get the deets on Stephanie Mills getting cast in NBC’s live remake of The Wiz!
On Saturday, Cissy Houston sat down with ET’s Kevin Frazier to provide an update on Bobbi Kristina and to share her feelings about her daughter’s legacy and the impact she had on the lives of her fans.
Bobbi Kristina, who remains hospitalized since she was discovered unresponsive in a bathtub on Jan. 31, is no longer in a medically induced coma, but Cissy says her condition has not improved.
And there’s an update with the estate – On Friday, Bobby Brown and Whitney’s sister-in-law Pat Houston announced that they had been legally appointed as Krissi’s co-guardians meaning,”Mr. Brown and Ms. Houston are jointly responsible for decisions related to Krissi’s care and medical needs.”
Basically, this means that Bobby can’t make decisions about his Bobbi Kris’s health care on his own, and Pat and Cissy control the estate inherited by Bobbi Kris. So…..Bobby won’t have access to any of Whitney/Bobbi Kristina’s coins.
Cissy spoke about the “estate” change saying, “It came alright, It was fine,” We’re a family…that works together for the best. You want the best for whomever or everybody we can…We can be on the other side too if you make us be but we are not going to do that. There’s no reason for that. That’s why I’m concerned. So, that’s the end of that.”
Here are the other highlights:
On Bobbi Kristina: “She’s the same, she’s not progressing at all. She’s not gone yet, but you know, whatever the Lord decides, I’m ready for her… I have nothing to do with that. That’s His job. It’s His territory, you know? And I understand it.”
Cissy on Whitney’s Life & Death: “She’s my baby. I had two boys before her and I never wanted boys. I love them. They know I love them. But I always wanted a daughter.”
Cissy shade towards Bobby Brown: “This business is really bad, you know what I’m saying? But she did the best she could. My baby tried. She did. She just had the wrong partner, you know? Whitney was a very soft and easy person …. She was kind. She was free-hearted. All of that, and sometimes people didn’t treat her nice.”
Cissy’s message to fans: “I’d like to thank everybody who was praying,” she says. “Who really knows the worth of prayer and I’m sure it’ll get through. You know, praying along with me. It’s all I can tell you. I’m just waiting for whatever happens. We go to the hospital every day and pray and, you know, I talk to [Krissi] because she can still hear, and I rub her hand and what not. My daughter-in-law and my son, we do what we can do. The rest is, we can’t do anything about because that’s all up to Him. We know nothing about his plan.”
Watch the interview here:
In musical announcements…
We’ve got an exciting update about NBC’s upcoming live adaptation of the classic The Wiz. A few weeks ago, we told you about NBC’s entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt’s plan to turn the classic film/Broadway show into a live event and he’s cast Stephanie Mills, Broadway’s “original” Dorothy in the live extravaganza!
The legendary Ms. Mills, whose hits include “Home”, “Something In The Way You Make Me Feel” and “I Feel Good All Over” portrayed Dorothy when the musical launched on Broadway in 1975, and now, she’s set to play Auntie Em, as announced at the NBC Upfronts presentation. Meanwhile, the network is looking for “new talent” to play Dorothy.
The live production, which is partnered with Cirque du Soleil, will follow in the footsteps of NBC’s hugely successful 2013 hit A Sound of Music Live. The Wiz Live! will air Dec. 3 on NBC.
Photos via Stephanie Mill’s Facebook Page