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Aretha Franklin and Wendy Williams in a still from The Wendy Williams Show on February 21. - Provided courtesy of Photo courtesy of YouTube

Aretha Franklin to do first post-surgery interview with Wendy Williams

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02/21/2011 by Olivia Allin

Aretha Franklin has granted Wendy Williams her first interview since undergoing surgery for an undisclosed medical ailment.

"The legendary Aretha Franklin has invited me to do an exclusive, in-person, intimate conversation with her in Detroit," Williams said on her Monday show. "The way I figure, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I'm going to go to Detroit where Aretha lives and where she reigns supreme and this is like the big sit-down interview."

Williams said that the Queen of Soul was one of her "fantasy guests" and the other two are Fergie and Michelle Obama.

The interview will take place this week and air on "The Wendy Williams Show" sometime next week. Franklin invited Wililams to her Detroit, Michigan home for high tea and also told the talk show host that she wants to go to the gym with her.

"When you have high tea, you wear one of those big hats that they wear to the Kentucky derby," William joked on her show. "And you drink with your pinky out and you eat square sandwiches with fancy stuff in-between like grass!"

Franklin was rumored to be suffering from pancreatic cancer but never confirmed reports. The 68-year-old "Queen of Soul" canceled all concerts and appearances from November through May 2011 by order of her doctors. She underwent surgery on December 2nd and said her "problem has been resolved."

On February 11, the singer made her first public appearance since her surgery and told the Associated Press that she was feeling "really great."

During the Grammy Awards last week, the first 15 minutes of the show were devoted to Franklin, who has won 18 Grammys during her career. Stars like Jennifer Hudson, Christina Aguilera, Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine, Adele and Martina McBride gathered to perform a medley of some of the music legend's greatest hits.

Franklin will do her first comeback performance in Buffalo, New York on May 28th, before performing at the Fox Theatre in Detroit for a three-night stint, starting on June 3rd.

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