Fallout From Whitney Houston's Death Continues

By Anna David 03/13/12

NBC shells out thousands for an interview with the singer's hairstylist, while Oprah's sit-down with Houston's daughter nets her network its highest ratings yet.

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Weeks after Whitney Houston's suspected drug-related death, the media drama around the singer rages on.  Houston's hairstylist Tiffanie Dixon—who was in her Beverly Hills hotel room when she died—has come under fire for cashing in for interviews with NBC's Dateline and Today Show. According to several reports, the network agreed to pay her up to $100,000 in return for exclusive sit-downs and photos of Whitney. (Reps for ABC and CBS both claim that Dixon also approached them with offers of a similar deal, but they turned down her down.) Houston's passing is also reaping rewards for her old pal Oprah Winfrey. The talk show host's struggling network, OWN, scored its highest ratings ever for Oprah's Sunday night interview with Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina, which attracted 3.5 million viewers. Even in death, Houston seems able to prove that she knows what friends are for.  Meanwhile, LA's Coroner says toxicology reports to determine Houston's cause of death will be released shortly.

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Anna David is the New York Times-bestselling author of multiple books about overcoming difficulties and coming out on the other side: the novels Party Girl (HarperCollins, 2007) and Bought (HarperCollins, 2009), the non-fiction books Reality Matters (HarperCollins, 2010), Falling for Me (HarperCollins, 2011), By Some Miracle I Made It Out of There (Simon & Schuster, 2013) and True Tales of Lust and Love and the Kindle Singles Animal Attraction (Amazon, 2012) and They Like Me, They Really Like Me (Amazon, 2013). Find Anna on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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