Whitney Houston’s Funeral Service Will Be Made Available For Sale


Last Saturday, the funeral of Whitney Houston was broadcast live all around the world so that the maximum number of fans/mourners could watch Whitney’s closest family and friends memorialize, eulogize and celebrate her life. Today we learn that Houston’s family has decided to make the funeral service footage available for sale so that the proceeds can be given to Bobbi Kristina. To be honest, I’m not sure who exactly would want to buy a potential DVD of a funeral but my guess is that the footage will sell for a pretty penny, ensuring that Bobbi Kris will get a bump financially.

Whitney Houston’s “home going” ceremony has turned into a money maker for her Estate — which very quietly struck a deal to sell the video of the funeral. Here’s how it went down … Associated Press provided a live pool feed of the funeral to media outlets around the world on Saturday — but everyone had to pull the footage 24 hours later. Why? A rep for the family confirms the family has now “agreed to license footage to several media outlets.” The rep says the family is charging “customary fees” to … “help maximize the estate for the benefit of Bobbi Kristina.”

While this may sound crass on Houston’s family’s part, I can honestly understand what their intentions are. As I understand it, Whitney Houston’s estate isn’t as lucrative as it used to be in her prime (not by a LONG shot). By selling this footage, the family is ensuring that a considerable amount of money will go directly to Bobbi Kris. It’s unclear how the sold footage will be used exactly but I fully expect it to be made available for purchase by fans. Even tho I am not a fan of watching funerals, I did miss the first half of the service and I suppose if given the opportunity to watch the service in full, I might be interested. I dunno. What do y’all think of this? Is this a good idea or a bad idea?


  • Daniel

    Um tacky as hell!!

  • Katie

    That is beyond creepy.

  • LV

    What about other children, young children that have parents die, where’s money to “help maximize the estate for the benefit” of these children. There may not be as much money in the estate as there once was, but it seems way beyond tacky to try to get money this way.

  • Ella

    I think we just found a family tackier than MJ’s (read: Joe Jackson) for exploiting their famous loved one’s death!

  • Ashley

    This sounds wrong on so many levels.

  • nicole

    while i get it’s for bobbi and their hearts are in the right place…
    its tacky and just doesnt sit right. i dunno i just couldnt imagine going to buy a dvd of a funeral.

  • woodroad34

    Seriously? Money grubbing relatives.

  • Tiffany

    Definitely tackier than MJ’s family at the moment. Even if there isn’t much money in her estate, O.M.Gee, Bobbi Kristina can I don’t know… um, get a JOB like other people who have lost a parent at one point? Or her father could give her an allowance or something.

    Who buys a funeral tape? Freaks :-/

    • ChristineLA

      The way I understand it is the footage is not being released to dvd, they sold it to select news outlets for their use. The footage had to be pulled 24 hours after the funeral on Saturday, so every bit of footage you have seen on Dateline, 20/20, Entertainment Tonight, The Today Show, etc. means those news organizations bought the footage.

    • Krissy

      MJ’s funeral was sold. But since it took place in the Staples Center, AEG owned the rights and footage. They sold it to news outlets around the world.

  • Sandy

    Wooooow. How about all the proceeds from her music that’s being sold goes to Bobbi. Or God forbid the girl goes out and gets a job!

  • Meghan

    I don’t know. It would be different if Bobbi was a small child, but she is entering adulthood and needs to support herself. Just seems horribly tacky.

    • Elle

      I agree. She is old enough to work. She has plenty of people around her who would gladly offer up help, monetary or otherwise if she needed it. To sell the funeral dvd is just tacky as hell.

  • Erica

    This idea is…weird. But not new. They’re doing the same thing with Joe Paterno’s Memorial Service. The only difference is, proceeds from the sale of that DVD will go to Penn State’s THON and possibly also the Special Olympics.

    I sort of get it…I missed Joe Pa’s Memorial Service when it was live (I have it on the DVR but haven’t been able to bring myself to watch it yet). I know my parents are planning on buying it.

    It’s such a strange idea, and I can’t imagine it on the shelf next to my other DVDs but if it helps someone, I guess there are worse things in the world. And if it creeps you out, you don’t have to buy it.

  • ChristineLA

    I actually don’t have a problem with this. They apparently sold it to selected news outlets (I’m guessing CNN, ABC, NBC, and CBS?), so it’s not going to be released on DVD, I don’t think. Let’s face it, the networks are going to make money off of this, why shouldn’t Bobbi Kristina? The entertainment industry is full of things that normal people would find appalling, but I do not have a problem with Whitney’s heir getting a piece of the pie that many networks have been sponging off of for a week and a half now.

    I WOULD have a problem with Whitney’s estate finally signing off on releasing “Being Bobby Brown” on DVD for Bobbi Kristina’s profit. I watched that show, I loved to snark on it, and it was absolutely a train wreck, but it shows Whitney in a brutal light. I hope they keep that one in the Bravo vault, and the only reason why it hasn’t been released yet is because Whitney’s people managed to convince her not to sign off on a dvd release.

  • Elle

    It’s a weird idea to buy a funeral tape to watch over and over again. If the money is for charity…okay. If the money is for the child who isn’t old enough to support themselves….okay. If it’s for a grown woman who is by no means poor, has a living father who still has a career, can get a job, and has relatives and friends named Aretha Franklin, Winan, and Shaka Khan….no. Just no.

  • Sarah

    If they do license the footage and sell it, the real question is who wants to watch it? It’s such a sad and morbid thing to want to repeatedly watch it. I’m sure Bobbi will be entitled to the royalties of her current record sales. She may not become a multi millionaire but im sure she will have a secure future. Selling DVDs of her mother funeral is a bit extreme.

  • sanemind

    I have no problem with watching her funeral. Actually it was quite inspritational. I wanted to hear what Kevin costner had to say. Along with everyone else. What is wrong with that.

  • psnead

    Where can I buy the video?

  • Mary Pat

    I arranged to watch it thru Livestream on Facebook LIVE. I was under the impression was to 1.5 hr service. Turned out to be almost 4 hrs – I was amazed that it held sorrow for the family buy yet uplifted me when I needed it personally. I said to my husband that it was TRULY INSPIRATIONAL the Wynans singing even the eulogy sung in part… Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, etc. the eulogies, a few funny stories(to some degree were perfect) but for me? It was truly a celebration of her life and what we should hold dear and the gospel singing and preaching had me rapt the whole time. And I had thot that I could keep the link and get it again thru their archives. Not! I would buy the DVD if that was available, for the reasons I said above. I felt like I was ‘home’ in a church (Baptist) that I’ve been longing to find…for its’ joyous amount of singing which I’ve been searching for. So….if it’s sold to networks I DO NOT WATCH TV…too bad but if available for us, you bet. The family can do whatever they want for reasons truly conjecture only to us- who is anyone to nay say. We have no right to what’s their decisions. ‘help ever hurt never’ Mary

  • gayana


    The girl is 18 years old, go get education and go to work, “maximizing her fortune” through selling her mother’s funeral video is just … WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!
    I dont know if she is so immature for her age but when she grows up a bit she’s gona be like “what the hell was I/my grandparents thinking!”

  • Krissy

    This is kind of creepy…but it was WAAAAAY creepier when AEG sold footage from Michael’s funeral. They put on a big production in the Staples center, and then sold the footage to news organizations around the world.

    At least this is being done by the family, and i am sure that Bobbi Kristina’s Mom wasn’t as on top of her finances as she should have been. It is very possible they need this money.

  • Erica