L.A. Reid Says he Regrets Not “Protecting” Whitney Houston During her Infamous 2002 Diane Sawyer Interview

Whitney Houston and LA Reid attends the 2008 Clive Davis Pre-GRAMMY party at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 9, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. CREDIT: Getty Images
Whitney Houston and LA Reid attends the 2008 Clive Davis Pre-GRAMMY party at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 9, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.
CREDIT: Getty Images

During a recent visit to the Wendy Williams Show, music mogul L.A. Reid sat down to discuss his new memoir, Sing To Me. Running through a list of artists he’s worked with – such as Mariah Carey, TLC, and Janet Jackson – Reid was also probed by Williams about Whitney Houston. In his book, the former LaFace Records head honcho admitted that he regrets that he did not “protect” Houston during her controversial 2002 interview with Diane Sawyer.

“I was so naive,” Reid said. “I really didn’t realize that there was an issue. I said let’s get Whitney with Diane Sawyer and promote the album.”

During the much talked-about sit down, Houston’s assertion that “crack is whack” became the quote of note. Perceived by the masses as an indicator of the singer’s battle with drugs, footage of the Sawyer interview circulated and became a topic of discussion and criticism. Reid told Williams that he feels like he “failed” Houston by allowing the interview to happen and not screening Sawyer’s questions. He recalled watching the moment unfold.

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SOURCE: Vibe – Iyana Robertson