Nancy Grace didn't apologize Thursday for her speculation earlier in the week regarding what Whitney Houston's autopsy might show -- rather, speaking on "Good Morning America," the HLN personality and "Dancing With the Stars" alum vigorously defended herself and her words.
"I'd like to know who was around her," Grace had said Monday on CNN, "who if anyone gave her drugs following alcohol and drugs, and who let her slip or pushed her underneath that water. Apparently no signs of force or trauma to the body; who let Whitney go under her water?"
Thusly -- after invoking the deaths of Michael Jackson and Anna Nicole Smith -- did she stir up a hornet's nest, as folks wondered how in the world she'd opted to stretch toward the notion that Houston had possibly been murdered.
Grace saw it Thursday as a matter of semantics, saying that in "the real world," autopsies are about determining cause of death.
"I understand that some people would consider that jarring or harsh, but there is nothing delicate or nice about a murder, a death, an unexpected death, or an autopsy and that is what autopsies are for.
She dismissed the notion that wondering who "pushed her underneath that water" was speculation, noting that "in the same breath" she'd mentioned that there were no signs of force or trauma.
"You're arguing with me over semantics. ... It would have been true to say that they're looking for cause of death ... [but] what that means in the real world ... of an autopsy, of why her body was transported to the coroner's office, is to determine cause of death. ...
"It is not a homicide and I'm thankful for that," Grace said, "but I still want the truth."
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— Christie D'Zurilla
Left photo: Nancy Grace. Credit: Reed Saxon / Associated Press
Right photo: Whitney Houston. Credit: Tibrina Hobson / WireImage