The Queen of Soul personally anointed Hudson to play her in the biopic. It also stars Marlon Wayans and Forest Whitaker.
Fans believed the talk show host was sending a message after her split with husband Brandon Blackstock.
The late Queen of Soul is the focus of the series' third season, set for release in May.
The "Dreamgirls" actor portrays the Queen of Soul in the biopic "Respect."
The Oscar- and Grammy-winning performer said she has "huge shoes to fill" while starring in a biopic about the late Queen of Soul.
"I’m certain that you are walking around heaven singing all day!” Jennifer Hudson said about the legendary singer.
Jennifer Hudson made a surprise appearance to pay tribute to Aretha Franklin, who was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize Special Citation and is the first woman to win the award.
The singer said her flight to New York City was canceled, so she traveled nearly 13 hours by tour bus to honor the "Queen of Soul" at the Pulitzer Prize ceremony.
At the time of her death, the late singer's family and lawyers had said that she had left no will.
R-E-S-P-E-C-T for the Queen of Soul.