She visited Good Morning Britain to talk about her visit to the UK to perform at a children’s benefit.
But when singing legend Dionne Warwick was asked by Susanna Reid about her own personal life – namely the death of her cousin Whitney Houston – things turned sour incredibly quickly.
Susanna started to say ‘your family has experienced tragedy, of course your cousin Whitney Houston…’ but the 72-year-old songstress wasn’t having any of it.
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‘Why would you want to continue to hurt me?’ Dionne Warwick SNAPS at Susanna Reid for asking her about her late cousin Whitney Houston… leaving GMB presenter speechless
Don’t go there! Susanna started to say ‘your family has experienced tragedy, of course your cousin Whitney Houston…’ but the 72-year-old songstress wasn’t having any of it
‘We’re not going to discuss that, OK?’ she said, waving her hand dismissively into the air and looking off camera at the producers.
‘That’s a bygone conclusion.We’re not discussing that, we’re here to discuss Dot Com [the children’s charity],’ she said, defiantly.
Susanna’s mention of Whitney – who died in February 2012 from drug abuse – was relevant in that a documentary of the singer’s life is soon being aired on television.
Shut down: Susanna’s mention of Whitney – who died in February 2012 from drug abuse – was relevant in that a documentary of the singer’s life is soon being aired on television
But Dionne had no interest in speaking about that or her cousin.
‘I would just rather- first of all it’s a very personal thing, and why would you guys want to continue to hurt me, because that does hurt?’ she asked, passionately. ‘Let’s just leave it there and go on to talking about Dot Com.’
‘I totally respect that,’ Susanna said, and tried to apologise but Dionne snapped once more: ‘Can we leave it there?’
Whitney died on February 11 2012, found in Suite 434 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, submerged in the bathtub.
Not having it: Dionne had no interest in speaking about that or her cousin
After paramedics performed CPR she was pronounced dead with the cause of death unknown.
On March 22 2012, the Los Angeles County coroner’s office reported the cause of Houston’s death was drowning and the ‘effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use’.
Toxicology results revealed additional drugs in her system: diphenhydramine, alprazolam, cannabis and cyclobenzaprine; but her death was deemed accidental.
Through her mother, Whitney was a first cousin of Dionne – who sang at the star’s private memorial service.
Dionne managed to speak about Dot Com, despite the slight veer off topic; and she explained that a 12-year-old girl had invited her across the pond to perform for the benefit.
Gone but not forgotten: On March 22 2012, the Los Angeles County coroner’s office reported the cause of Houston’s death was drowning and the ‘effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use’
‘How can you say no to that?’ she joked, adding: ‘Children are an important part of our existence. Mistreating them should be brought to task.’
Elsewhere on the morning’s edition of GMB, Lorraine Kelly teased a segment from her show in which they were dying someone’s hair silver, a la Kim Kardashian.
She took the opportunity to produce mock-ups of Susanna and co-anchors Kate Garraway and Ben Shephard, with silvery grey manes.
Susanna also revealed on the show that she has deleted social media apps from her phone because of the abuse she’s received.
‘If I get something nasty on social media I just delete it for a couple of hours and go back later,’ explained.
The popular TV host made the confession in response to news that Labour MP Diane Abbott received almost half of all recorded abuse on social media directed at politicians prior to the last UK General Election.
Meanwhile, Susanna’s outspoken co-host Piers Morgan claimed the presenter was in a ‘bad mood’ earlier this week because her beloved football team, Crystal Palace, has endured a miserable start to the new season.
Piers said: ‘I know why you’re in a bad mood by the way. You’re in a bad mood because Crystal Palace had the worst start to the Premier League of any football league in history and she’s really cheesed off about it. You’ve been simmering like a little volcano all morning.’
But Susanna was quick to rubbish her co-host’s comments, insisting she was in a perfectly good mood: ‘I’m not in a bad mood, I’m in a very good mood.’
Piers, typically, didn’t agree with her, winding her up by adding: ‘You are, you filthy little…’