Barbra Streisand Bashes Glee, then Retracts Statement

Barbra Streisand Bashes Glee, then Retracts Statement

"Don't count on Barbra Streisand to appear on Glee!"

     That was Perez Hilton's giddy reaction to Barbra Streisand bashing the over-hyped teen TV-show, Glee. Hilton explains the situation: "When asked if she would ever consider doing the show at Friday night's MusiCares event where she was honored, Babs replied: 'Not if I can help it.' "
     Entertainment Tonight says of the situation: "The popular FOX sitcom has used some of Streisand's songs in the past, some of them being sung by Lea Michele who also performed a tribute to the Oscar winner at the event." Streisand had not only a low opinion of Glee, but a seemingly low opinion of Lea Michele, claiming that the actress/singer is "pretty good."
     Streisand may be bitter at Glee because they are reclaiming her songs for their own. Streisand describes a situation with her niece and Glee: "I have seen some of the episodes. My niece, my young niece saw 'Funny
Girl
' on DVD and said, 'How come you're singing so many songs from
'Glee'?'"
    
     But, just a few hours ago, Streisand herself released a statement on her website regarding the situation: "When asked if I would ever appear on 'Glee, I should have said, 'You never know.' It was wrong to say, 'Not if I can help it.'
What I meant was that I've been overwhelmed preparing for my
performances on MusiCares, the Grammys, recordings, and two movies*. So
I couldn't take on any more work, and besides that, I wasn't asked. I'm so honored that a lead character on "Glee" is so admiring of my
work. In my speech at MusiCares, I thanked them "for exposing young
people to music they might otherwise not hear today: Lea Michele,
Matthew Morrison, and Darren Criss...you're all so gifted."

*One of the movies Streisand mentions is a new film version of the musical Gypsy, starring Streisand as Mama Rose.

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