Randy Jackson: Whitney Houston
Randy Jackson spoke to Ellen DeGeneres about his feelings on the recent passing of Whitney Houston.
Jackson and the late Houston worked together years ago, and he called her passing “just really, really sad. I think everybody was shocked.”
He explained that he was heading to Clive Davis’s Grammy Party with American Idol host Ryan Seacrest, and he said the news shook them.
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Whitney Houston: Voice Of A Generation
Ellen said though this was shocking news, it seemed like she had been struggling with addiction and relapse recently.
Randy Jackson called Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, and Celine Dion the voices of this generation, who have ushered in the current era of modern musical talent.
“It it sad, because she really had such a beautiful, crystal clear voice,” Ellen said.
Randy Jackson: Overcoming Addiction
Ellen asked Randy how he managed to avoid the temptations and addictions that are so commonplace in the entertainment industry.
“I had my issues and my bout with it, but thank God I overcame them,” Randy Jackson said. “It’s not easy for everyone. You’ve got to deal with it the way you deal with it.”
How Randy Jackson Beat Addiction
He said the people around him supported his recovery efforts, which he credited with making the difference for him.
“You’re in a business where you get to do whatever you want, for the most part,” Ellen said, adding that it’s important to have someone close to you to keep you in check.
Randy Jackson: Success & Addiction
Randy Jackson said that it can be weird to achieve career success and feel lonely at the top. “I think people deal with this in different ways,” he said recalling a recent conversation with fellow American Idol judge Steven Tyler. “At some point, you’re reaching for some sort of comfort.”
Ellen said that career success and fame can’t make up for whatever you are missing and the pain in your personal life.
Randy Jackson: Advice For Aspiring Entertainers
Randy said it takes a lot of strength to be in the entertainment business.
“I always say to people that want to get into the entertainment business, no matter what you want to do, you have to be so strong, and have such great conviction,” he said. “Because it eats people for lunch.”
Jennifer Hudson: Whitney Houston Grammy Tribute
Ellen and Randy praised Jennifer Hudson for her moving tribute performance of Whitney Houston’s signature song, “I Will Always Love You,” at the 2012 Grammy Awards.
Ellen said Jennifer Hudson is amazing, because she has been through many personal struggles but has managed to avoid addiction.
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