Patti LaBelle Takes Credit For Pie Sale Spike, Downplays Viral Video

News & Views | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 11/20/2015 | 01:15 PM EST

'I did it myself,' the singer says

It looks like Patti LaBelle isn't too fond of people suggesting James Wright Chanel's viral review of her sweet potato pie is responsible for its massive sale spike at Walmart. 

When approached by TMZ, LaBelle said that while Chanel was a "lovely" man, she was selling out pies long before the YouTube sensation's funny video hit the Internet.

"I did it myself," she said while walking into her hotel in New York City. 

"I was selling out before the guy did [the video]."

She did, however, note that the video was "beautiful," even giving Chanel a shout out.

"He's a wonderful singer and just a wonderful guy," she added.

Patti's Pie Sales Skyrocket Following Viral Video


Some may disagree with LaBelle's notion that her name alone led to the booming success of her now sold out pies. Within the days the video was viewed over 8 million times, customers rushed to Walmart in hopes of getting their hands on a pie. 

Walmart said it was their most visited item online and second most searched item on the Internet after turkey. A rep says pies would not be restocked until December, and that the company was in the process of ordering over two million pounds of sweet potato to produce larger quantities of the dessert.

So what you say Centric readers? Should LaBelle take full credit for the success of her #PattiPie? You be the judge.

(Photo: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for NYCWFF)

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