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Aretha Franklin: 'Chitlins Are Off The Menu'

Aretha Franklin performs at The House of Blues in West Hollywood, California. Timothy Norris, Getty Images hide caption

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"Chitlins are off the menu. They were keeping my weight up. Chitlins have been canceled off of my list, and I know my fans and friends are screaming 'Hallelujah!' I want to be around for a long time, so let's drop the chitlins."

So sayeth Aretha Franklin to Farai Chideya when asked about her planned menu this holiday season. The legendary singer is also an avid cook. If you missed the full interview, take a listen to the conversation from Friday's show.