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Kevin Costner refused to shorten his 17-minute eulogy at Whitney Houston’s funeral: ‘They can get over that’

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“The Bodyguard” co-star Whitney Houston on Dax Shepard’s podcast, and revealed that he refused to shorten his eulogy at the singer’s 2012 funeral.“I could feel the weight on her, now it’s shifted to me.

What am I gonna say about this little girl?” Costner, 69, recalled on the June 3 episode of “Armchair Expert.”“And then I went back to that church in Newark and it was filled,” he said. “It was electric.

There were two bands playing, the church was alive. It was like boom!”Costner said he was encouraged to deliver the eulogy by Dionne Warwick, but he got nervous because stars like Oprah Winfrey and Diane Sawyer were in the audience.“I had been working on this speech … and I tried to compile everything I wanted to do and finally crafted this speech,” he explained. “Somebody said, ‘CNN’s here.

They wouldn’t mind if your remarks were kept shorter, because they’re going to have commercials.’ And I said, ‘They can get over that.

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