Kevin Costner to Speak at Whitney Houston's Funeral?

The singer's The Bodyguard costar will reportedly speak at her memorial service, which will be televised and streamed live on the Web on Saturday

The private funeral for Whitney Houston is not going to be so private anymore. According to CNN, the service for the legendary pop singer will be broadcast live on television and via the Web while it takes place on Saturday, starting at noon. And a family source tells People that those who tune in to watch will see Houston's The Bodyguard costar and longtime friend Kevin Costner speak at the memorial service.

Costner, 57, won't be the only celebrity participating in the funeral, which will be held at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J. -- the same church where Houston sang in the choir during her youth.

Despite rumblings to the contrary, a source close to the family says that Whitney's ex-husband Bobby Brown isn't banned from the funeral. "That completely untrue," the insider tells People. "Bobby will be there at the funeral to support his (and Houston's) daughter (Bobbi Kristina, 18)."

Meanwhile, Gospel singer Marvin L. Winans -- the pastor who presided over Houston's 1992 marriage to Brown -- will read Houston's eulogy. Whitney's rep confirms that Stevie Wonder and Houston's godmother Aretha Franklin will sing at the service, and record producer Clive Davis will also speak.

After the service, Houston will be buried in the Fair View Cemetery in Westfield, N.J., the same cemetery where her father rests.

N.J. Governor Chris Christie has announced that he will have the state's flags lowered to half-staff during the funeral to honor the late singer. The move has caused some controversy, but Christie has defended his actions, saying that he didn't feel Houston "forfeited the good things that she did in her life" because of her struggles with substance abuse.

Houston was found dead in the bathtub of her Beverly Hilton Hotel room on Feb. 11. She was 48. The investigation into her death is ongoing, but some sources say that it was a result of a prescription drug overdose mixed with alcohol.

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