Aretha Franklin On Wendy Williams Show

Aretha Franklin sat down on The Wendy Williams Show to talk about her health and her amazing 85-pound weight loss.

Aretha Franklin, 68, spoke with The Wendy Williams Show on Wednesday about her astounding weight loss -- and her mysterious health issues.

"I've been looking at a lot of pictures, and I was saying [to myself], 'You were entirely too fat for words,'" the Queen of Soul said, telling Williams she has lost about 85 pounds.

Aretha Franklin and Wendy Williams

Franklin said she has focused on changing her diet -- including avoiding food "smothered" in hot sauce. "That's off the menu now... and no pig feet, either."

She reveals that she had a difficult time losing the weight. "I was doing everything you could to lose that weight, and it's hard. It's just really hard. [But] you can't continue eating things that will hurt you eventually."

Franklin kept mum on her mysterious ailment, which was rumored to be everything from pancreatic cancer to complications from a gastric bypass or weight loss surgery.

"A lot of things were said. I left that behind," she added. "And I couldn't be feeling any better than I'm feeling right now."

Dr. Lawrence Koplin, a Beverly Hills surgeon, has not treated Franklin, but told Fox News that it's likely Franklin did undergo surgical weight loss. "Losing this amount of weight with exercise and diet would require a strict, strict team, and is said to be impossible especially [for] those above 40 with a slowed metabolism," Koplin said. "Surgical correction is the fastest way to see an 85-pound weight decrease in just a few months."

Although Franklin has not commented or confirmed these claims, speculation is that the Queen of Soul did not have cancer, but became seriously ill due to complications from gastric bypass surgery.

Regardless of her weight loss path, it is good to see Franklin thinner and healthier than she has been in years.

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Michelle March 04, 2011 | 7:38 AM

If it was weight loss surgery I do wish she would say it loud & proud. 4 1/2 yrs ago I made the best decision of my life: to get healthy. I had weight loss surgery (Gastric Bypass 6/06, the weight loss resolved my GERD, severe sleep apnea, high blood pressure, I'm off all medications (was on 8), went from size 28 to 4. Having surgery *is not a solution for everyone* it was the right one for me, it was the HEAD START I needed to change my life BUT I want to stress it goes HAND IN HAND w/ HEALTHY EATING, DAILY EXERCISE & MOST IMPORTANTLY (the hardest part IMHO) working on the head stuff (the why's of why I got fat) This is a lifelong war vs. obesity. Having surgery was just one battle everyday I wake up & fight.

Candy March 03, 2011 | 11:21 PM

Go go girls! Girl power. Aretha is very strong woman. Listen to her and you will be able to climb mountains. I tried phen 375 it will faster your metabolism no matter your age.

ISTVAN March 03, 2011 | 5:55 PM

YOUR WERE MY INSPIRATION IN 1980 TO LOSE WEIGHT. I LOST 79 LBS. AND IN 82 I MET SOMEONE, AND AFTER 2 YEARS WE GOT MARRIED AND HAVE BEEN FOR 26 YRS. YOU LOOK GREAT AGAIN.

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