"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
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.