The controversy surrounding the open-casket photo of Whitney Houston on the National Enquirer‘s cover this week shows no signs of slowing down.
One of the looming questions has been who is responsible for taking the photo? Well, according to the Whigham Funeral Home in Newark, N.J. it wasn’t them: Owner Carolyn Whigham says, “I’m going to answer you as the (family’s) publicist told me to answer you: We have no comment. But it was not the funeral home,” Whigham said.
Meanwhile, Enquirer Publisher Mary Beth Wright told FoxNews.com she thought the cover photo was “beautiful,” but declined to say how it obtained the photo.
A photo purportedly showing Whitney Houston in an open coffin has been published on the cover of this week’s National Enquirer.
The casket photo shows Whitney lying dead in her golden casket, wearing a purple dress and a diamond broach and earrings. Also, she’s reportedly was wearing jewels worth $500,000 and had gold slippers on her feet,
The picture is believed to have been taken inside the Whigham Funeral Home in Newark, where her family attended a private wake last Friday. The magazine claims the photo was taken at the private viewing.
Get ready for a National Enquirer reality TV show!
The publication has teamed up with the U.K.’s Zig Zag Productions to produce a series that follows around its reporters in New York, L.A. and Florida.
This isn’t the first time that Enquirer publisher American Media Inc., has flirted with producing a reality show: About six years ago, a sizzle reel was shot at Star‘s offices in New York for a series to be called One Park—a nod to AMI’s then-office location of One Park Avenue. But it didn’t reach the pilot stage.
Leila Monks at Zig Zag said, “We are incredibly excited about this new partnership—our production background and contacts paired with The National Enquirer‘s access and library is going to make for some pretty explosive viewing.”
Co-executive producers for AMI of the TV show are David Pecker, the chairman, ceo and president of AMI, and Barry Levine, the executive editor and director of news of The National Enquirer. The coordinating producer is Patricia Gonzalez.