updated 03/02/2011 AT 12:00 PM ET
•originally published 03/02/2011 AT 12:35 PM ET
First things first: Lose any food that’s smothered in hot sauce.
“That’s off the menu now … and no pig feet, either,” Aretha Franklin said good-naturedly on The Wendy Williams Show Wednesday.
Instead, the Queen of Soul and the talk show host sipped afternoon tea in Detroit during their chat, in which Franklin, 68, revealed that she’s lost about 85 lbs.
“I’ve been looking at a lot of pictures, and I was saying [to myself], ‘You were entirely too fat for words,’ ” the 18-time Grammy winner said with a laugh.