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Her last days on earth may have been anything but a fairy tale ending, but Whitney Houston’s legacy still touches the heart of millions.

One of those fans is Arsenio Hall and he showed his emotions front and center on his titular talk show, Arsenio.

While interviewing Ride Along star Tika Sumpter, the late singer with the golden voice’s name came up during a discussion about Sparkle, Houston’s last movie before her death.

“She actually played my mother!,” a joyful Sumpter exclaimed. The blossoming actress even went on to describe her as a “motherly figure.” As the conversation transpired however, the mood turned from reflective to somber.

A choked up Arsenio tried to resume the interview by referencing Sumpter’s new television show, The Haves and the Have Nots but the waterworks had already begun to fall. “She was a great girl…she would love that I’m doing this again,” he said before gaining his composure as the crowd encouraged him with applause.

Houston accidentally drowned in her hotel bathtub on February 11, 2012 with years of drug use and heart problems eventually revealed to be the contributing factors.

Watch the candid moment of emotion blow and just for old time’s sake, hit the other page to see Whitney surprise Arsenio for his birthday on the original Arsenio Hall Show in 1989.

Photo: CBS

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