Kevin Costner refused to shorten his eulogy at Whitney Houston's funeral

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Kevin Costner opened up about the tribute to his good friend Whitney Houston.

June 5, 2024, published at 1:44 PM ET

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Kevin Costner reveals he refused to shorten his eulogy at Whitney Houston's funeral
Source: MEGA

Costner was one of eight people who spoke at Houston's funeral in 2012.

While reflecting on their friendship, Costner revealed that he was asked to shorten his eulogy at Houston's funeral in 2012 due to time constraints and commercials.

“I had been working on this speech… and I tried to put together everything I wanted to do and finally I created this speech,” he said. Yellowstone star explained.

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Kevin Costner reveals he refused to shorten his eulogy at Whitney Houston's funeral
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Costner claimed he was asked to shorten his eulogy so CNN could run commercials.

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“Someone said, 'CNN is here, they wouldn't mind if your comments were kept shorter because there are commercials coming,'” Costner continued. “And I said, 'They'll get over that. They can play the commercial while I'm talking, I don't care.'

Costner, one of eight people to speak at the singer's funeral, noted that it was important for him to share everything he “had to say” about his dear friend.

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“I started and about 17 minutes later I was done,” Costner added.

Costner and Houston became friends while working on the 1992 romantic drama The bodyguard. While the former co-stars remained close over the next two decades, the 69-year-old actor admitted that he was initially conflicted about whether he wanted to speak at her funeral.

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Kevin Costner reveals he refused to shorten his eulogy at Whitney Houston's funeral

Costner and Houston starred in the 1992 film “The Bodyguard.”

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Costner said it ended up being a singer Dionne Warwick's encouragement that convinced him to praise his friend.

“I could feel the weight on her, but now it has transferred to me,” he explained. 'What can I say about this little girl? [I] went back to that church in Newark and it was filled. It was electric. There were two bands playing, the church was alive. It was like, boom!”

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Costner explained that it was important that he said everything he “had to say” during the eulogy.

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As they look back on where their friendship began, on the set of The bodyguardCostner recalled hearing Houston's rendition of Dolly Parton's hit classic I will always love you. In addition to starring in the film, the singer co-produced and recorded six songs for the film's soundtrack.

“I don't think we'll ever forget when that little song came out [Houston] just blew up,” Costner said.

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