CNN mistakenly shows footage of female impersonator as Whitney Houston

Ikenna Beney Amaechi as Whitney Houston.

From Wisconsin Gazette:

During Piers Morgan’s July 6 interview with singer LL Cool J about Whitney Houston’s life, producers aired some generic footage of the late singer. Or so they thought.

It turns out the footage was actually of a celebrity drag queen named Ikenna Beney Amaechi, TMZ reported. Amaechi is a 5’9” female impersonator from Berlin who’s played Houston for 21 years.

TMZ discovered that the CNN footage was from the 2008 Reel Awards Show in Las Vegas, a celebrity impersonators event.