Gladys Knight: Paris Jackson Should Respect Her Elders

The “Empress of Soul” Gladys Knight was a guest co-host on the CBS’s “The Talk” yesterday and had some choice words for Michael Jackson’s daughter, Paris Jackson.

The 68-year-old music icon, who acknowledged she knows the family very well and recently spent some time with Katherine Jackson, believes that regardless of what is going on; 14-year-old Paris should not be disclosing family business on social media.

“She shouldn’t be putting their business [out there],” Knight told the other co-hosts, Julie Chen, Sheryl Underwood, Aisha Tyler and Sara Gilbert.

The ladies also discussed the rumors started by TMZ that there was a physical altercation between Paris and her aunt, pop superstar Janet Jackson.

Janet Jackson & Paris Jackson

The unconfirmed report claims Janet, 46, called her niece a “spoiled bitch” before allegedly slapping her. Supposedly, Paris retaliated by calling Janet “a bitch” too and smacked her back.

The idea that the teenage heir to the Jackson estate could be so disrespectful, if the story is true, was unfathomable to Knight.

“Paris is 14 — how old is Janet? Who’s the one to try to direct the other one?” she asked.

Knight continued: “If she called me that, she would have no teeth.  That’s the way we were brought up! You respect your elders!”

Knight, who competed on the last season of “Dancing with the Stars,” actually discovered The Jackson Five at an amateur contest and is responsible for Motown owner Berry Gordy becoming interested in the group.  It has been misreported for years that Diana Ross – who Jackson left custody of his children to in his will if his mom, Katherine, was unable to raise them – had discovered The Jackson Five.

VIDEO: Watch this clip of Gladys Knight on “The Talk” discussing Paris Jackson. 


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1 comment

  1. Karen W. 26 July, 2012 at 14:37 Reply

    Thanks Gladys this is what I have been saying all along. She should have been raised when we were. Not only would she be looking for her teeth but also her eyes, nose, lips any other body parts. I know Michael would be very disappointed in her. To called her aunt out of her name and disrespecting all other authority who is older then her, man she couldn’t have been my niece because the “whip ass” can would have been pulled out and by the time I woud have been finished with her she will be saying “Yes Mam” and “No Sir”. They need to see if they can shut her off the twitter, facebook or any other ways that she is communicating. My heart goes out to Mrs. Jackson. Lord keep a hedge all around her that you will continuing carry her through let the church say AMEN!!!!

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