Gloria Estefan jokes about Jennifer Lopez’s Super Bowl doc

Gloria Estefan, who turned down an offer to appear at the 2020 Super Bowl halftime show, responded Tuesday to Jennifer Lopez’s opinion that co-headlining the event with Shakira was “the worst idea in the world.”

On the latest episode of Watch What Happens Live, host Andy Cohen asked the veteran actress and musician her thoughts on Lopez’s documentary Halftime, which premiered on Netflix earlier this month. In the film, the “Let’s Get Loud” singer bemoans the short time she and Shakira were given for their halftime gig together.

“Obviously I haven’t seen the doctor, but I’ve heard about it,” Estefan told Cohen.

“This is the bottom line: you have very little time. They have about 12 minutes or so to get things on and off set. So could you do it [with] a person? Yes. But I think they wanted to throw a Miami and Latin extravaganza… and they tried to pack in as much as possible and they pulled it off. That was a great show.”

The Father of the Bride star also explained her decision not to join Lopez and Shakira on stage despite being asked to attend. Other artists who made cameos during the halftime program included Bad Bunny, J Balvin, and Lopez’s kid Emme.

“Imagine what J.Lo would have said if I was a third?” Estefan mused, joking that she “literally came out” and just sang the opening lyrics of her hit song “Conga” — “Come on, shake your body” – before her time on stage was up.

“It’s her moment,” she continued. “I’ve done a few Super Bowls. I didn’t want to go on a diet in December.”

In her “Halftime” documentary, Lopez protests the “six f-minutes” she and Shakira were each given to play their respective halftime sets. The ‘Marry Me’ star adds that the National Football League should have doubled the length of halftime shows to accommodate twice as many headliners.

Her longtime manager Benny Medina, who argues that it “was an insult to say it took you two Latinas to do the job that an artist has done in the past,” echoes Lopez’s complaints in the documentary.

“We have 30 seconds of a song, and if we take a minute, we have five left,” says Lopez. “But there must be certain songs that we sing. We gotta have our singing moments. It will not be a dance revue. We must sing our message.”

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