A very upset Aretha Franklin wrote an email to CNN after NBC’s ‘Today Show’ anchors Kathy Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb said Aretha Franklin would be too ‘old’ to be a judge on American Idol and that most contestants would not even know her music. How disrespectful! Aretha is a LEGEND and still very relevant. Looks like Kathy Lee and the crew better show Aretha a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T. However, American Idol is scrambling for judges now that Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez both publicly announced that they are leaving the show.