Entertainment TV Whitney Houston Refused Therapy, Says 'black-ish' Star Jenifer Lewis "She whipped her head around and said, 'Oh no Mama! My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ take care of me,' " black-ish's Jenifer Lewis recalls of Whitney Houston By Patrick Gomez Patrick Gomez Patrick Gomez is the Editor in Chief/General Manager of Entertainment Weekly. Formerly at People magazine and The A.V. Club, the Critics Choice and Television Critics Association member has appeared on 'Today,' 'Extra!,' 'Access Hollywood,' 'E! News,' 'CNN,' and 'Nightline,' and can be seen frequently on 'Good Morning America.' Follow the Texas Native at @PatrickGomezLA wherever your media is social for all things 'For All Mankind' 'Top Chef,' and puppy related. People Editorial Guidelines Published on November 3, 2017 11:19 AM Share Tweet Pin Email In her memoir The Black Mother of Hollywood — excerpted exclusively in the current issue of PEOPLE — black-ish star Jenifer Lewis opens up about a candid moment she had with legendary singer Whitney Houston. “Whitney and I took to each other like eggs and bacon,” Lewis writes of her The Preacher’s Wife costar. David Lee/Touchstone/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock “Lordy, we laughed, sang and acted a fool together! I loved Whitney, not only for her extraordinary talents but for her warmth and humor. [But] it became more and more clear that she carried heavy burdens,” Lewis continues of Houston, who was found submerged in the bathtub in her suite at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in 2012. (The cause of death was deemed accidental drowning, and an autopsy showed she had various drugs in her system.) Lewis has battled her own demons — a sex addiction and bipolar disorder — and was quick to tout the benefits of seeing a therapist. “I said to her, ‘You know Whitney, I went to therapy to take care of my challenges, and baby …’ Before I could say another word she whipped her head around and said, ‘Oh no Mama! My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will take care of me,’ ” recalls Lewis. “She said it with such fervor and determination that I never brought it up again.” The Mother of Black Hollywood is available for pre-order now.