Last night, on the eve of the release of her Remembering Whitney book, Whitney Houston's mother Cissy sat down with and croaked at Oprah Winfrey for a very special episode of Oprah's Next Chapter. Crankily honest, Cissy discussed the longstanding rumor that Whitney was involved in a romantic relationship with her best friend and one-time executive assistant Robyn Crawford. In the book, Cissy alludes to Whitney "experiment[ing]" with this friendship. She told Oprah that she just didn't like Robyn. "She just spoke too much…disrespectful sometimes," she explained. But the real brutality came as a result of Oprah asking Cissy if it would have bothered her if Whitney were gay.
"Absolutely," said Cissy.
Oprah seemed incredulous and asked, "It would have bothered you?" Cissy confirmed, yes, it would have bothered her if her daughter were gay with an, "Mmmm hmmm."
"You would not have liked that?" asked Oprah again — while clearly unvarnished, that's still a shitty thing to say about your dead daughter. "Not at all," said Cissy.
"Not at all," continued Oprah. "You wouldn't have condoned it, or...?" Nope. Not in a box, not with a fox. Not with a squirrel and certainly not with a girl, Cissy Houston would not have liked that one bit.
Cissy also discussed not being happy about her daughter's relationship with Bobby Brown, or the reality show that her granddaughter Bobbi Kristina Brown, son Gary Houston and daughter-in-law Pat Houston did last year, The Houstons: On Our Own. She said "some of" that series exploited Whitney's death, but claimed that her book didn't because it was written to tell the world about how her daughter really was.
Cissy admitted that Bobbi Kristina "very well could be" headed down the wrong path, and her son Michael admitted that he's the first one who ever got Whitney high on freebased cocaine. Real uplifting hour of television all around.