Aretha Franklin's
Hot Fling

Aretha Franklin claims she had a hot fling with a mystery late night talk show host. Which one was it?

Aretha FranklinWe prefer to picture Aretha Franklin singing her heart out rather than sweaty and naked, but after comments she made to the Associated Press we have little choice.

The soul singer claims that before her relationship with her new fiance Willie Wilkerson grew from friendship to romance, she was having a passionate affair with a late night talk show host -- but she stopped short of saying who.

"We had an intimate affair. [He was] one of America's late-night talk-show hosts," Franklin said.

"At this point I'm thrilled it didn't [work], and what I was looking for was already here."

Let's break down the list of late night talk show hosts and imagine who Franklin could have been boinking, shall we? There's David Letterman, Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel, Craig Ferguson, Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Fallon on the current late night roster, all of whom are hilarious choices to picture bumping uglies with the Queen of Soul.

However, the safe money may be on Arsenio Hall, who had a highly successful show in the 90s. He and Franklin already have a history, as he opened for her during performances early in his career.

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Regardless, Franklin has put the affair behind her and is preparing for her third marriage. Why tie the knot again? "I like being married. It's an institution that I like," she said. "So momentarily I don't see any reason why I shouldn't be married."

"I need taking care of a little more, I think. Let someone else be strong."

Tell us: Do you think Aretha Franklin was with Conan O'Brien or Arsenio Hall?

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Comments on "Aretha Franklin's mystery hookup: A late night host?"

mstlg1957 January 06, 2012 | 10:57 AM

I grew up listening to and loving Aretha Franklin's music; "Respect" is my theme song, in fact. So happy that she is basking in love's glow and has found someone whom she can live her life with. Revealing that she had a torrid affair with a late-night talk show host and then not disclosing who it is, however, baffles me. The fact that she has big plans for her future should be enough to share with the public. What possible reason could she have for teasing us with that tidbit? Does she need to be the topic of conversation that badly? Queen, that bit of information was more than any of us needed to know. Best wishes to you and your fiance. May you have many years of happiness.

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