Aretha Franklin Is Creating a Line of Food Products, Says Patti LaBelle ‘Is Going to Have to Move That Pie to the Side’

01/29/2016 at 12:42 PM ET

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Aretha Franklin is going head to head with Patti LaBelle—and we’re not talking about a sing off.

The “Respect” singer told Detroit’s Local News 4 Today on Wednesday that she is developing a new line of food products.

Though Franklin hasn’t had a chance to try LaBelle’s wildly popular pies, which inspired James Wright Chanel‘s hilarious viral video, she says, “Ms. Patti is going to have to move that pie to the side.”

RELATED: 15 Pies That Will Make You Sigh with Happiness

So what can we expect to come out of Franklin’s kitchen? More than pies, that’s for sure. The music icon told the news station she is working with a food group out of Phoenix to introduce her chili, gumbo, and a chicken and dressing dish that will be “in a loaf pan, kind of like you’ve seen Sara Lee cakes.”

After the success of her pies, LaBelle also recently upped her food game when she added two new Patti Cakes to her dessert line at Walmart earlier this month.

RELATED: Patti LaBelle’s Pies Fly Off Shelves After Hilarious Food Review Goes Viral

No word on a release date for Franklin’s food yet—and not a peep from the competition or her singing sidekick.

—Ana Calderone, @anacalderone

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Now, Aretha, you could have done all this without dissing Patti. There’s room for both of you in the food industry. No need to slam her because she thought of it first. Shame on you.

Anonymous on

I don’t find it a slam Just a friendly jab Pattys pie is out of this world Can’t wait to try something from Aretha

Traci on

First, Arthea is going to have to find a kitchen and employees and with her track record of not paying her bills, I think that is going to be a big problem for her.

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Stacy on

love her music. sure hope she adds a sugar free and/or lower carb option. Patti LaBelle is diabetic and her desserts are still carb heavy. I was surprised. If I ever get serious money, I’m going to do what these ladies are doing but offer tasty and healthier

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