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Marlon Wayans Explains Why He Did Not Attend John Witherspoon’s Funeral Service + Go Inside Pop’s Celebration Of Life Ceremony

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Marlon Wayans speaks out to share why he was absent for his former co-star John Witherspoon's funeral service. Find out why, plus go inside his celebration of life ceremony inside...

Marlon Wayans spent four years working with the late John Witherspoon on their hit sitcom, “The Wayans Bros.” They worked together on the comedy series for several seasons, which ran from 1995 and 1999.

So you can imagine how torn up he was when he found out that his former co-star, that they affectionately called Pops, had suddenly passed away (on Oct. 29th).

Unfortunately, Marlon couldn’t make it to John’s funeral service held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills due to work. He’s currently in NYC shooting his scenes for the upcoming Aretha Franklin biopic RESPECT with Jennifer Hudson.

In an Instagram post, Marlon shared how “broken up” he feels over not being able to attend the late actor’s funeral service.

“Can’t make your send off Pops... I’m broken up about it. Unfortunately, have to work. I know you would tell me “mahlon, go get that PAPER! You better go get them keys see... you got a comedy key, a sitcom key a movie key, a stand up key... now go get that drama key now you gonna unlock all that PAPER,” he wrote.

He continued:

”I’ll always hear you. I’m glad every time we said goodbye it was always with a fatherly hug and kiss. So that’s the goodbye I’ll leave it with. #ripPOPS @johnnywitherspoon playing some Johnny Mathis “chances are” in your honour”

 

 

While some said he should have gone anyway, often times large productions can't wait on their stars for even a day.  Heartbreaking for him, we're sure. 

Below are new flicks of Marlon filming RESPECT scenes with Jennifer Hudson in Harlem yesterday where they share another passionate kiss. He will portray Aretha’s first husband Ted White. Check it:

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In case you missed, check out the first flicks from the set HERE.

Sadly, John Witherspoon died at his home in Sherman Oaks, California last week after he went into cardiac arrest at his home in Sherman Oaks, CA. He was 77.

 

 

It was a star-studded affair at John's celebration of life service yesterday (Nov. 5th)held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills. The late actor/comedian was honored by his celeb friends, family and personal friends, who shared their hilarious interactions with the famed actor. Pops was loved by many, including David Letterman, who became friends with Pops way back in the day as they worked on perfecting their craft at The Comedy Store in Hollywood alongside Richard Pryor, Robin Williams and Jay Leno. Nice!

Rapper/actor/producer Ice Cube also spoke during the ceremony, serving up a touching tribute. Cube and John co-starred in the cult classic Friday, Next Friday and Friday After Next. Other celeb guests included Cedric the Entertainer, Bill Bellamy, Angela Gibbs and George Wallace. Unfortunately, Regina King (who also starred in Friday and did voiceover work with John for "The Boondocks") couldn't make it, but she sent over a video tribute that was played during the service.

The funeral service program featured tons of pics of Pops and also some of his famous taglines like "BANG! BANG! BANG!"

Peep clips from their tributes below:

 

May John Witherspoon (aka Pops) REST IN POWER!

Photos: Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock.com/ Splash/MEGA

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