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Jennifer Hudson furious at gossip website over book deal story

May 31, 2011 Jennifer Hudson

Los Angeles, CA, United States (AHN Entertainment) - Jennifer Hudson is furious at a gossip website over an article claiming publishers are hesitant to buy her book for a million dollars unless she talks about her family tragedy. The Grammy-winning singer/actress demands an apology from Bossip, though the website denies any wrongdoing.

Bossip reprinted an article from the New York Post, which claims that Hudson is finding it hard to get a publishing deal for her proposed book about her weight struggle and her dramatic weight loss from a size 16 to a size 6. Apparently, publishers are holding out her $1 million-plus demand for the deal until she agrees to talk about the horrific slaying of her family in 2008.

Hudson's mother, brother, and her 7-year-old nephew were killed in October 2008. Her brother-in-law, William Balfour, was indicted for the crime.

A publishing insider told The Post, "It was disappointing. Her book about her diet is really appealing and wonderful. But if you spend a lot of money on the book deal, you want it to sell. With no talk of her family, we didn't think it was worth it."

Hudson's rep also told the trade, "I have no further comment, but your reporting is accurate."

While it was The Post that ran the story, Hudson is furious at Bossip, which repeated the story on its website.

She wrote on Twitter: "Everyday I wakeup I'm constantly reminded how cruel n heartless the world is. So cold!! Wow! Bossip u owe me an apology!"

"Y would u take someone's tragedy n build a story of nothing but lies! [sic]"

Bossip replied to the singer's rants, with its rep telling Access Hollywood that it was just a misunderstanding.

The rep said on Monday, "We think what happened this morning is simply that Jennifer misread the headline on our post and reacted without ever reading the story."

"What the story says is that she's been shopping a book about her weight loss for four years, and while publishers are interested, they're not convinced it's worth the $1 million she's reportedly asking for without her talking about her family."

"The story we posted was based on a NY Post report, which also indicated that Jennifer DID consider writing a book about how she coped with the horrible ordeal she went through in 08, but decided the wound was still to fresh. According to the Post, her rep confirmed every detail they printed and we reprinted."

"Never did we say or imply that JENNIFER was trying to capitalize on the horrible tragedy that cost her her family."

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