On Wednesday's Ellen DeGeneres Show, the talk show host sports an over-the-top hat similar to the one that Aretha Franklin wore to Barack Obama's historic inauguration.
"That would of been so embarrassing. The next thing you know, we would have been in Us Weekly's 'Who Wore it Better?'" DeGeneres jokes. "They said this is the only one they made! I can't believe it!"
On Tuesday, bloggers criticized Franklin -- who turned in a rousing performance of "Let Freedom Ring" at the inauguration ceremony -- for wearing the hat, which featured an enormous rhinestone-studded bow.
"What was up with Aretha Franklin's hat at the inauguration? While it's quite Aretha-like, between the shape and the bow and the glitter she reminded me of the ball atop Times Square on New Year's Eve. Tone it down, honey, this is not your day," wrote blogger Kristi Gustafson on Timesunion.com.