Who is Wendy Williams?
Wendy Williams or Wendy Joan Williams born on July 18, 1964, is an American broadcaster, media personality, businesswoman, and writer. Since 2008, she has hosted the nationally syndicated television talk show The Wendy Williams Show.
Prior to television, Williams was a radio DJ and host and quickly became known in New York as a shock jockette. She gained notoriety for her on-air spats with celebrities and was the subject of the 2006 VH1 reality television series The Wendy Williams Experience, which broadcast events surrounding her radio show.
Wendy Williams Slammed Online
Wendy Williams has come under fire once again following a segment on her talk show where she discussed the death of teenage TikTok star Matima Miller, better known as Swavy.
The talk show host was branded “offensive” and “abhorrent” for her remarks during her “Hot Topics” segment, where she discussed Swavy’s large TikTok audience and then casually announced to her audience that he had been murdered.
“Wait. This was how she chose to lead the segment talking about this young man’s death? We all know Wendy to be messy and with the shits, but this wasn’t cool at all,” wrote one Twitter user.
To introduce the segment, the 56-year-old instructed her studio audience to “clap” if they had heard of the 19-year-old content creator.
“I have no idea who this person is [and] neither does one person in this building,” said Williams.
“He’s a TikTok star and he’s got more followers than me: 2.5 million,” she added, appearing unimpressed.
Williams, appearing disengaged, proceeded to recant details surrounding Miller’s death.
Miller was fatally shot this past Monday in Delaware, as reported by the BBC. His death was confirmed by his family in an announcement to fans online along with a commitment to ensure that justice would be served in catching his killer.
“Swavy is now dead. Ah, all those followers. Yeah that’s really tragic, only 19 years old,” concluded Williams before switching gears to discuss another story.
The segment was clipped and posted online by a Twitter user, prompting disapproval and criticism.
Wendy Williams Biography, Wiki
Wendy Joan Williams was born on July 18, 1964, in Asbury Park, New Jersey. She is the second of three children born to Shirley, a special education teacher, and Thomas Dwayne Williams, an English teacher, and school principal. The couple had a combined three master’s degrees and traveled around the world, often buying pieces to decorate their home with. In 1970, the family moved to the upper-middle-class suburban community of Wayside in Ocean Township, New Jersey. As a child, doctors recommended Williams be medicated to control her hyperactivity. She was a Brownie in the Girl Scouts and volunteered as a candy striper.
Williams graduated from Ocean Township High School in 1982 where she was an outcast and one of the few African Americans. A poor student, Williams placed 360th in the class of 363. She was not exposed to hip hop music and instead listened to rock band AC/DC because they were popular among her classmates. Williams attended Northeastern University in Boston with the intent of becoming a television anchor.
Less than a month after starting, she switched from television communications to the radio because she could advance her career faster a move of which her parents disapproved. Williams graduated in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication and, to appease her parents, a minor in journalism. She was a disc jockey for the college radio station, WRBB, where rapper LL Cool J was her first celebrity interviewee. As an intern for Matt Siegel at contemporary hit radio station WXKS-FM, Williams recapped the soap operas Dallas and Dynasty on air.
|Born||Wendy Joan Williams|
July 18, 1964 (age 56)
Asbury Park, New Jersey, U.S.
|Other names||Wendy Williams Hunter|
|Education||Ocean Township High School|
|Occupation||Broadcaster, media personality, business woman, writer, producer|
|Television||The Wendy Williams Experience|
The Wendy Williams Show
Wendy Williams: What a Mess!
Kevin Hunter(m. 1999; div. 2020)
Wendy Williams Husband, Family, Kids
Williams’ first husband was Bert Girigorie. In her 2003 autobiography, she refers to him under a pseudonym and says they separated after five months and divorced about eighteen months later. Williams married her second husband, Kevin Hunter, on November 30, 1999. She suffered two miscarriages before giving birth to their son, Kevin Hunter, on August 18, 2000. In April 2019, Williams filed for divorce due to irreconcilable differences. The divorce was finalized in January 2020.
Due to her suburban upbringing, Williams considers herself “a multicultural woman who happens to be Black”. In her childhood, she attended a Baptist church with her family. Williams identifies as Christian but no longer attends church services. She believes “God is everywhere” and prays “every day, several times a day”.
Interesting Facts About Wendy Williams
Williams has had breast implants since 1994 and been open about having a liposuction procedure. Williams wears wigs because her natural hair is thin due to her Graves’ disease and hyperthyroidism. As the conditions increase pressure behind her eye muscles, they sometimes have a pronounced appearance.
Until 2018, Williams wore high heels on air very frequently; she had to discontinue due to her lymphedema condition and vertigo caused by her other two health conditions. Williams has been open on her show about her past with substance abuse, particularly with cocaine. In March 2019, Williams revealed on an episode of her show that she had been living in a sober house for several months. In 2019, Williams also announced she had been diagnosed with lymphedema, a non-fatal condition that causes swelling of the lower extremities.
Wendy Williams Movies/Films
|2011||The Cookout 2|
|2012||Think Like a Man|
|2013||World War Z|
|2014||Think Like a Man Too|
|2016||Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates|
Wendy Williams Controversies and feuds
Wendy Williams has repeatedly feuded with celebrities and faced criticism for her comments. She has been mailed bullets and dead fish. Media outlets have described Williams’ 2003 interview with Whitney Houston as her most infamous. After Williams asked Houston about her marriage and breast implants, they began a shouting match and Houston said she would have fought Williams if she were younger.
In a later interview with Williams, Houston’s confidant Robyn Crawford said they planned to confront her years earlier after she talked about Houston on air. Wu-Tang Clan performer Method Man had a personal and publicized conflict with Williams in 2006 after she revealed details about his wife’s cancer diagnosis. Williams referred to Nicki Minaj’s husband Kenneth Petty in 2019 as “a killer and a sex offender” (he was once imprisoned for attempted rape and manslaughter); the rapper responded by bringing up allegations of infidelity by Williams’ own husband and said “I didn’t know that in our society, you have to be plagued by your past.”
Williams was accused of victim blaming singer Kesha in 2016 after questioning why she did not film the alleged sexual abuse by record producer Dr. Luke against her. Williams later apologized for the remarks and explained “unfortunately a lot of people lie about rape so I was just being skeptical”. In early 2020, Williams was criticized over several remarks she made on her show. In January, while talking about actor Joaquin Phoenix, Williams used her finger to pull up a part of her lip to resemble a cleft palate (a condition which Phoenix has denied having), which many took to believe she was mocking him. Williams apologized on her show.
In February, Williams was criticized again for making comments many regarded as homophobic while talking about the fictional holiday “Galentine’s Day”; she again apologized, this time in an emotional video posted to her official social channels online. Shortly thereafter, while talking about the death of Amie Harwick, Williams made a joke referring to Harwick’s ex-fiancé Drew Carey and his job on The Price Is Right, saying that show’s catchphrase, “Come on down!”, in response to the news that Harwick had been thrown off a balcony.
Williams has had conflicts with others regarding parenting style. Actress Alyssa Milano criticized Williams’ mentality regarding public breastfeeding after she said it made her uncomfortable because breasts are “more sexual than a feeding thing”. Williams was described as “mom-shaming” model Ashley Graham for disapproving of her changing her baby’s diaper in a store aisle. Williams has been accused of transphobia.
In one episode of her show, after stating that trans woman can never be assigned women, she told her audience, “Stop wearing our skirts and our heels!”. After explicitly stating that to be a woman, one has to menstruate, she apologized for her remarks. In 2021, Williams came under fire for her controversial coverage of the murder of 19-year-old TikTok star Swavy: “I have no idea who this is. Neither does Norman. Neither does one person in this building.”
Wendy Williams FAQ’s
Who is Wendy Williams?
Wendy Williams born on July 18, 1964, is an American broadcaster, media personality, businesswoman, and writer.
Who is Wendy Williams’ Husband?
Wendy Williams’ ex-husband’s names are Bert Girigorie(divorced)Kevin Hunter(m. 1999; div. 2020).
How many children does Wendy Williams have?
Wendy William is the mother of Kevin Hunter.
What is Wendy Williams’ Net worth?
Wendy Williams Net Worth as of 2021 is $40 Million.
What is Wendy Williams’ Age?
Wendy Williams is 56 years old.