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For better or worse, Wendy Williams is always quick to give her opinion. Whether you like it or not. Most recently her name is all over headlines because of some comments she made about “Empire” front man, Terrence Howard.
In case you missed her show, Williams said that Howard’s personal life is starting to overshadow his character on the show. She means his person drama.
To be specific, she said:
Here’s what disturbed me about last night’s episode and you can agree or not agree. I’m tired of fighting with you all. Terrence Howard’s flow when he rapped was great. It brought me back to “Hustle and Flow” times. And I get that he’s like a Master P-ish type of character, you know he’s made this Empire and stuff but even Master P doesn’t need to rap anymore…I don’t want to see Lucious Lyon as a rapper on the show. He’s too old for that number one. And number two, Terrence Howard your personal life has taken over to where, if by chance, they took you off the show, I would be happier than mad. There! I said it.
I feel like between him being allegedly abusive to women in his personal life, him giving an 18 page nutty interview to “Rolling Stone” magazine where he talked about all kinds of nuttiness. He made up his own math, he remembers being in his mother’s womb, going back to the way he treats women. It has usurped his whole situation at “Empire” and the show could do without Terrence Howard. I’m sorry, it’s the way I feel.
You can watch the clip in the video below. Her comments about Howard start around the 3:48 mark.
Howard caught wind of Williams’ comments and issued this statement via his Twitter account.
I have been a fan of Wendy for years. Shame on anyone who speaks without knowing the truth… What she did was irresponsible and hurtful!
— Terrence D Howard (@terrencehoward) October 3, 2015
@terrencehoward I forgive you Wendy… Thank you for loving the show and supporting Taraji! To the Empire!!!
— Terrence D Howard (@terrencehoward) October 4, 2015
Terrence sounds a lot like Sean Penn to me, calling Wendy irresponsible. Penn’s attorneys made similar comments about Lee Daniels when he referenced Sean Penn’s “allegedly” abusive past.
If you ask me, Wendy was kind in her analysis of the situation. She used the word alleged; but in Howard’s very public divorce, he himself admitted to being abusive, attempting, at times, to rationalize the behavior. It’s been a topic of discussion for some time now, with both Lee Daniels and Taraji P. Henson coming to his defense.
And that is very distracting when you’re trying to watch a Lucious Lyon character with his own issues with misogyny and all around evil.
You need look no further than last week’s episode where Lyon rapped about a “Snitch Bitch.”
The lyrics don’t exactly paint a pretty picture.
“Now the picture’s faded bitch, I’m done witcha”…
You aint nothing but a snitch bitch, snitching ass Bitch…
I’ll never trust another single one of y’all…
Backstabbing bitches get you knocked off…”
When my coworker was playing the song in the office, someone who had yet to see that particular episode, asked if this was Lucious or Terrence speaking. And really, that’s a shame. But based on some of his actions, it wouldn’t be too hard to believe.
I’d be lying if I said I disagree with Wendy. Lucious is a great character and Howard plays him well. But let’s not front, Cookie is the star of the show. Taraji P. Henson could easily carry it. And with all the hell Lucious raises, there are plenty of people who would want to take him out. It would certainly make sense in the context of the story.
That being said, I don’t believe Howard should be fired. I believe he should seek help. And in the meantime, he should absolutely chill in his personal life. I would hate to see him go the route of a Columbus Short.
What do you think could “Empire” survive without Lucious Lyon? Is Terrence’s personal life getting in the way?
Tamar Braxton is an interesting lady. And if nothing else, she’s candid and entertaining. She joined with her pal Wendy Williams on the purple couch to talk about her life, career and motherhood. See what she had to say about having more children, “Dancing With the Stars” and healing from past relationships.
On possibly wanting more children
Well, at first I would be like ‘Girl, no!’ But I feel like–you know cuz I grew up with a big family– I feel like he needs a playmate or something. But when I ask him Wendy he’s like “No, no no, no, no, no!” So that’s what it is…I feel like he knows what he’s talking about.
He really likes it when it’s just the three of us. But I’m ok with it. I really don’t feel like being pregnant, at all!
Why she wanted to join “Dancing With The Stars”
I really wanted to do it because I can’t dance. The only thing I could do was twerk. I was like ‘Ooo girl, you can’t put your hands on your knees every time you hear a record. It’s not age appropriate all the time. Every song?! Really, every song? Now I can do the cha-cha. Now I’m learning how to do the rhumba.
Singing about her past relationships…How does Vince feel about you singing about that?
He know I got a past. He has one too. And to be honest, a part of growing up– and I feel like I kind of started to grow up in the past few years, finally– so I feel like it’s about accepting and knowing your past. A lot of people are like ‘Oh my God Tamar, we don’t want to hear another song about Vincent Herbert.’ Yes, and that’s great and I am in love and I’m really happy but there is a story behind Tamar. I didn’t just wake up one day and just meet the love of my life. I kissed old gruesome frogs and all the monsters and stuff. So it was important for me to talk about. And really honestly Wendy, I didn’t know that there was a lot I needed to let go.
Tamar also mentioned that she’s really looking for a brother-in-law (a husband for Toni) and a stepfather (a husband for Mama E.)
Check out the full interview on “The Wendy Williams Show” in the video below.
Wendy Williams is never one to shy away from discussions about the havoc that her drug addiction wreaked on her life. And apparently, she’s comfortable enough to discuss the substance abuse issues plaguing those near and dear to her as well.
Monday, Williams revealed during a taping of her talk show that her 14-year-old son, Kevin Hunter Jr., briefly battled a synthetic marijuana addiction.
“It’s one of those pens where you don’t see the smoke, and you don’t smell anything,” Williams told her audience. “I’m trying to make funny on the tour, but in actuality my heart is breaking, and my kid could have been dead.”
The marijuana alternative has been in the headlines lately for its destructive side effects—including seizures, hallucinations and brain damage.
Sadly, Williams says that the teen was exposed to the drug by “a loved one who he looked up to.” She and her husband, Kevin Hunter Sr., eventually discovered that their son had been indulging in the substance after going through his bedroom.
“I was duped. Our kid had been smoking this mess. He got turned out…to the point where he went off the rails for a moment,” she said.
Williams concluded the segment by encouraging parents to be hands-on when dealing with their children and drug use. Thankfully, Little Kev was able to kick the habit after his parents took him to a rehabilitation facility outside of the country.
“To the parents and guardians who are watching right now, just talk to your kids. Fortunately, Kevin has two parents who took harness of the thing. We took him out of the country for holistic treatment. We didn’t want to pump him with psychiatric drugs,” she shared. “I’m glad to say our boy is on the good side of good now.”
Wendy Williams is always talking crazy. And yesterday, it was Ariana Grande’s turn to get roasted.
“She’s 21, she’ll forever look 12. And I don’t mean that in a good way. I mean that in a…You know, it’s nice to look younger than you are but when you look too young and then you’re short, she’s only 4’11. I don’t look at her as like a woman.”
First, as a complete aside, I just cannot understand why Wendy was talking about Ariana Grande and Big Sean at this late date. They’ve been broken up for months now. Perhaps this show was a rerun. But more importantly, for someone whose femininity is constantly questioned, I find it odd that Wendy would say she doesn’t consider Ariana Grande a woman. Maybe she meant to say she doesn’t look a woman and just got caught up. Interestingly enough, though Williams has built her entire empire bashing celebrities, people were outraged about this particular comment.
And the hashtag #CancelWendyWilliamsShow was trending nationwide.
While I have often felt like Ariana gets unnecessarily dragged for her looks, something she can’t control (with the exception of that ponytail), I find it fascinating that people were so up in arms when Ariana’s name was besmirched when Wendy has said far worse about plenty of Black women.
She routinely calls Rihanna a whore; but when it comes to White women who serial date, like Taylor Swift, she says this is what young women are supposed to do in their twenties. She made fun of the name of Kelly Rowland’s baby, saying it will be hard for him to live up to the name Titan. She called Evelyn Lozada’s son a cash register because she thought he represented a payout for the reality tv star.
And while many recognized Wendy’s flawed morality, I didn’t see any calls for cancelation.
That’s the power of the victimized White girl, honey.
She takes priority over our honor anyday.
Call it the Taylor Swift syndrome, in modern day terms.
In addition to no one defending our, Black women’s honor, it particularly perturbs me that Wendy Williams, is the Black woman spitting such vitriol against all women, but particularly Black ones.
Is it time she toned it down a bit or should more Black people step up when she launches attacks against celebrities within our communities?
When it comes to social media, would you believe me if I said YouTube was king? With many social media users flocking to popular platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Periscope, to name a few, it’s hard to believe video-sharing website YouTube is as popular but it makes perfect business sense.
A recent Business Insider article discussing the success of “The Wendy Williams Show” points out why the daytime TV show is dominating YouTube. “Wendy” is second in YouTube views and subscribers to another popular TV show, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” The success of the“ Wendy” YouTube channel can be attributed to its free, shareable videos, the reality TV show vibe and ability to reach new audiences from across the globe. YouTube’s partner program allows for “Wendy” to also generate a profit, which “impacts the show’s bottom line.”
A report released last year by AOL Platforms revealed YouTube is more effective at introducing new products to consumers and converting them to purchase. For those investing in paid advertising, YouTube trumps Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.
Brands and businesses have found success in growing their audience on this social media network, both through organic and paid means. YouTube has more than a billion active users to date with the number of hours people are watching on YouTube each month going up 50 percent year over year.
It’s crucial for brands to know what makes return users and loyal subscribers click on a video, as well as what would make someone subscribe to one’s channel. One thing that “Wendy” has undoubtedly done is tap into what’s already working for her. She and her team know her audience is looking for one thing, and one thing only, more Williams. It’s why the after-show is a hit and “Hot Topics,” which is the show’s most popular segment, keeps her audience, new and old, engaged with her YouTube presence.
“It’s not scripted, it’s just me talking,” Williams said about the after-show. “I’m very comfortable with myself.”
Tristan Zimmerman, the show’s senior digital producer, knows this. It’s why he and Associate Web Producer Jessica Bell have mastered a strategy of giving viewers more “Wendy.”
Each video gets around 50,000 views or more within a day or two, with some getting closer to 100,000 views, reports Business Insider.
“The after-show came out of that need [to connect with fans on social media],” said Zimmerman. “She’s open to having that sort of conversation and connection with her audience, but she’s not going to be sitting on her phone tweeting in 140 characters.”
As they say, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. And with “Wendy” mastering a social media strategy that proves successful (sans the latest platforms), it’ll be a great case study as the social media landscape evolves.
Do you have a YouTube channel for your brand? Tell us how you attract your following in the comments section below.
We often hear fables, myths and gossip about women who sleep with married men. Let’s be real, some of us even know these women personally. They’re our wayward friends, the person our cousin used to be back in the day. Some of us have been that woman ourselves.
But rarely do these women present themselves, boldly and proudly to the public.
Well, one such woman stepped forward yesterday on “The Wendy Williams Show” of all places. And as you might imagine, it didn’t go over too well.
During the “Ask Wendy” segment, this woman stood up and said,
“There’s a gentleman that I met a couple weeks ago at an event. He is so hot. And speaking with him for about two minutes or so, the attraction grew. So the problem is, he’s married. The problem is he’s married and I really don’t care.”
Perhaps homegirl didn’t realize that not only is Wendy married, she and her husband Kevin had their own challenges with infidelity in the past. So she was not trying to hear this at all.
And she checked this woman properly.
Check out Wendy’s response in the video below.
We’re all gearing up for the season 3 premiere of “Orange Is The New Black,” tomorrow and while we don’t know whether or not Lorraine Toussaint’s character Vee is going to return this season, we were happy to see she swung by the purple couch on “The Wendy Williams” show to discuss the Netflix hit dramedy as well as other projects she has in the works.
Read what she had to say about her character Vee, that topless scene and how fans of the show react to her on the street.
On her character Vee
Listen, I’m scared of Vee. I’ve never even seen Vee because I’m just scared to watch her. You know, it’s a weird thing. I don’t even know how I got into the character. I looked up what a clinical psychopath actually was because I found out what that was about a half hour before I started shooting. And I just…I flipped a switch in my brain. We all have a Vee inside. We all have that crazy, psychopathic mama that will throw down for their kids. We all have that crazy person inside. So I just let that crazy person drive my car for six months.
On Vee’s death
She had to. No, really she had to. We did a lot of bad things.
Is she coming back for the Season 3?
Hmmm? It drops on Friday.
Do people approach you as if you are Vee?
Yeah they do. A lot of people do. There are quite normal people who love the work and recognize it as the work. I did have an incident in Atlanta where someone walked up to my table at an outdoor cafe and said, ‘I am going to kill you. I’m going to kill you.’ And they were joking but my ten-year-old was sitting with me at lunch and I just had to say, ‘Hi, I’m Lorraine. This is my 10-year-old.”
Wendy: …because you’re a woman of a particular age…
…I’m 55. After 50, you really don’t care.
Wendy: Had you ever gone topless before?
Oh hell no!
Wendy: How do you prepare for that?
You show your tits to as many people as will take a look. Your friends, really good friends. Who will tell you the honest to God truth. And then you show the girls to just one or two of your gay, male friends because they will definitely tell you if the girls are worthy.
Wendy: Would you do that for other roles?
No. It’s really scary. You’re so vulnerable. Once I was on the set with the young man–I won’t spoil it in case– but he also was butt naked. So we also had a camaraderie. He was just as nervous as I was so we said, ‘You show me yours and I’ll show you mine.’ It’s scary, you’re really vulnerable but after about 10 minutes you kind of forget that you’re topless. After you’ve shown it all, there’s really nothing to hide.
Watch the full interview in the video below.
Wendy Williams is featured in the next issue of Ebony magazine and her cover shot is giving me so much life. The talk show host and media maven has been looking great lately, but I would have to say that this is probably the best that I’ve ever seen her look!
Inside, she opens up about her marriage and business relationship with husband Kevin Hunter. She also dished on preferring to spend time at home with her family and wondering if her homebody ways will be something she looks back to regret.
“Sometimes I feel a little guilty, like there is going to come a time when all of this isn’t going on and I’m going to regret not lunching at Michael’s with the celebrity girls. But right now, this feels great,” she told the magazine.
I think it will be interesting to read more about how Wendy and Kevin are able to manage their business affairs while still trying to maintain a healthy marriage, especially considering how much shade is constantly hurled at their relationship.
The May issue hits stands Friday, April 24 and will also feature a “grown man’s” guide to grooming and tips on how to actually let go when ending a relationship.
Just last week, Keke Palmer appeared on “The Wendy Williams” show to promote her latest film Brotherly Love. And of course Wendy had to ask her about the rumors that she was trying to push up on Tia Mowry’s man Cory Hardrict.
Keke laughed it off and explained that it was all a misunderstanding blown up by the blogs.
Today, in promotion for the same film, Cory Hardrict and Eric Hill Jr. sat down with Wendy and she wanted to get his side of the story as well.
We have to clear this up from your side…
Alright. Please do.
What went on that got your wife so upset? That your wife was grabbing her wrist…Did Keke try to hit on you?
No! Eric was there. I was right there. They were talking about a book deal. Tia just got a book deal, right there. Naw. It wasn’t none of that. We all cool. Keke like a sister to me. I love my wife to death. I’d never jeopardize that. It was funny. We laughed about it. I was like ‘Oh, that’s crazy.’ I don’t respond to nonsense.
I just wish Wendy would have asked him what that tweet was about…now I’m starting to wonder if it was someone else.
TV maven Wendy Williams has absolutely no cut cards. She’s known for her shade and ability to call people out and act like she did nothing wrong. However, her latest bit of shading throwing has us wondering if she’s right.
Yesterday afternoon, Wendy discussed why she didn’t approve of Ms. Vivica Fox joining the reality series, Hollywood Divas.
Vivica Fox, I love you, but I hate this idea. You are above this. For goodness sake, you were in Pulp Fiction! What are you doing joining the cast of Hollywood Divas?
Now, there’s nothing wrong with Hollywood Divas and shows like that….but they are for a certain echelon of people. When I think of Vivica A. Fox, I’m not comparing her to Golden Brooks, from Girlfriends.
Golden Brooks was on Girlfriends; respectable career, but where has she been? She’s not supposed to be in the same room, on the same cast as Vivica A. Fox. That’s all I’m saying.
It would be like if Mary J. Blige joined the cast of ‘R&B Divas’….Yeah, she was on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’, but that’s the higher tier of reality TV. But what I’m trying to do is show more respect for her to be a real diva of Hollywood…
Vivica for God’s sake, you were just signed for Independence Day part 2. Vivica you can do better, this is a low move for your career.
Now personally, I 100% agree with Wendy. Vivica is like the beloved crazy Aunty that you used to watch in all your favorite movies. She’s been in literally all of the classics, no Viv no. Lawd! She was on the Fresh Prince.
What do you guys think? Is that a good luck for her?