Among the throngs swelling the LA Stales Center today to honor Michael Jackson, there’ll be one person missing Dame Elizabeth Taylor.
The Hollywood icon, 77, has not only declined to speak but to show as well this despite rumors of her attending with Barry Manilow.
"I’ve been asked to speak at the Staples Center." Liz Twittered. "I cannot be part of the public whoopla. And I cannot guarantee that I would be coherent to say a word.
"I just don’t believe that Michael would want me to share my grief with millions of others. How I feel is between us. Not a public event. I said I wouldn’t go to the Staples Center and I certainly don’t want to become a part of it. I love him too much."
Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson, Usher, Lionel Richie and gal pal Brooke Shields have been confirmed as participants in the memorial.
The Staples Center tribute will also feature performances and speeches from Kobe Bryant and Magic Johnson, Motown founder Berry Gordy, Martin Luther King III, John Mayer, Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson.
Michael Jackson’s body will lie in state at the public memorial service at the Staples Center today, LA Police Chief William Bratton confirmed.