FLASHBACK: Aretha Franklin Introduces Her Favorite Soap 'The Young and the Restless' at the 1997 Daytime Emmy Awards

Aretha Franklin and Eric Braeden at the 32nd Annual Daytime Emmys.
Aretha Franklin is reportedly in hospice care at her home, a source close to the 76-year-old Queen of Soul told CNN's Don Lemon. The legendary singer has been dogged by reports of failing health for years and appeared frail in recent photos, but she has kept her struggles private. One thing she has always been very public about is her love for CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless.

When introducing the show's best drama series montage at the 1997 Daytime Emmys, Franklin said, "I watch it in the morning. I watch it when I'm at home. I watch it when I'm in concert. I watch it when I'm asleep. I watch it."

"Victor is one of my favorite characters in The Young and the Restless," she added. "I love the way he makes his approach to a woman. He's the all-time player."

Watch the 1997 Y&R montage and Franklin's introduction below.



Eric Braeden, who has played Victor Newman on Y&R since 1980, sent well wishes to Franklin earlier today on Twitter.




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