Aretha Franklin Jenny Craig Endorsement Offer Hits Sour Note

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Aretha Franklin was left “highly insulted” earlier this month after she was asked to become the latest celebrity spokesperson for weight-loss giant Jenny Craig. The Queen of Soul — who tips the scales at nearly 300 pounds nowadays — turned them down flat.

Whoa there, Queen! Are you sure you don’t want to rethink that one?

This wouldn’t have been Ms. Aretha’s first soiree with Jenny. The 67-year-old singer signed up with the company two years ago and dropped 25 pounds on a 1,750 calorie-a-day diet. Aretha quit Jenny Craig a few months later, complaining that she was “always starving.”

In the June 2007 issue of Sister 2 Sister Magazine, Aretha said: “I lost 23 or 24 pounds to begin with, but it’s kind of a strain when you get to 23 or 24 pounds. That’s why I got off of it. It’s a strain because you’re eating the Jenny Craig-type meals, which are very good. But you can only eat them for so long before you want some barbecue ribs or some pigs feet. Once you get off that Jenny Craig thing and you start eating what you’ve been eating, it’s all over.”