CNN and Piers Morgan must be feeling pretty silly. During a July 6 interview with LL Cool J, the cable net accidentally used a picture of a Whitney Houston impersonator in place of the real singer. It took celebrity drag queen, Ikenna Beney Amaechi, a while before realizing it was her and NOT the real deal.
Ikenna has been “playing” Whitney for 21 years (video below) and told TMZ, “I feel very honored that I was mistaken for the real Whitney Houston on CNN … is there EVEN a bigger compliment for a tribute artist?!”
We can think of something! How about the BIG BUCKS Ikenna will now be able to charge—thanks to some poor CNN staffer, who is probably firing up the Linked In account, right about now.
The picture CNN used is from the 2008 Reel Awards Show in Las Vegas—an event dedicated to celebrity impersonators. Ikenna Beney Amaechi is a 5’9″ German man.
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