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Wendy Williams is being sued. No, not by some disgruntled celebrity but by a former intern who says the daytime talk show diva failed to pay proper wages.
One intern, Anthony Tart, has filed 12-page complaint against The Wendy Williams Show, Lionsgate, and Debmar-Mercury claiming he and more than 100 other interns were “illegally classified as minimum wage-exempt workers for the chat show,” reports Black America Web. If this is the case, this is a violation of state and federal laws in New York.
But Deadline reports that a potential class-action suit filed in federal court last week claims that this has been the norm at The Wendy Williams Show since 2008. This move allowed the company to minimize labor costs.
According to Tart however, he received no “educational or vocational training” while doing work that full-time employees would typically handle.
“Tart was hired by Defendants in or about August 2012 and performed various tasks including, but not limited to, washing dishes, getting coffee, picking up art supplies, stocking printers, throwing out garbage, and creating a tape library,” court documents state.
Tart wants an undisclosed amount, to be determined by a judge at trial, for the work he did just for one month — between August and September 2012. During that time, he worked there two days per week. So a relatively short stint.
This isn’t the first time Williams has been sued. Former Williams publicist Nicole Spence filed suit against the talk show host and her husband Kevin Hunter claiming that Hunter sexually harassed her. Williams settled the lawsuit out of court.
Aaliyah’s tragic and untimely death in a plane crash back in 2001 left her fans unbearably inconsolable. At the age of 22, she was just on the verge of becoming what her counterparts have presently manifested. Her self-titled album, Aaliyah was a testament to the woman she had become and held promises of what was to come. In hindsight, it was her love letter to us, a perfectly constructed lullaby that would always serve as a reminder of her pure genius and undiluted spirit.
Of course if there is ever a way to celebrate her legacy and keep it virtually intact, it would be to recall the good old days, when she Rocked the Boat and convinced us to “Try Again” no matter what.
But the worst way to pay homage to a beloved star whose presence is aptly missed is to tackily conceive a script rife with clichés and innuendos and cast a random actress in the hopes that she is inspired enough to do it justice, even though she most likely doesn’t possess the passion needed to hold up her end of the bargain. It is also not advisable to produce a biopic if family members are so vehemently against it because it is highly unlikely that it will be dutifully received. Executive producer and TV maven, Wendy Williams swears that the film she was so desperate to produce was “tastefully done” but all signs point to the contrary.
After Lifetime released the trailer for “Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B” (even the title sucks!), fans have been in uproar, and it’s not just because controversial hip-hop newbie, Iggy Azalea’s “Goddess” is being used as the official anthem, but the scenes and dialogue seem stilted and contrived. Actress Alexandra Shipp, who replaced the more popular Zendaya Coleman, bravely accepted a role that most actresses would run from mainly because nobody wants to be tasked with the responsibility of portraying someone whose heightened appeal and contribution to pop culture is still indelibly substantial. And it doesn’t help to know that family and friends are unsupportive and unwilling to cooperate – that realization alone is a sign that the project is undeniably ill fated.
But most importantly, it is a disservice to the memory of an artist who gave so much and continues to inspire a new generation of talent. Aaliyah possessed a fluidity that she effortlessly brought to her craft. Her life was not devoid of controversy, which is a common trait of most artists, but for the most part, she was devoted to her fans and to the idea of being progressive. The sky was the limit, and the fact that we never got to watch her flourish for more years to come is a hard pill to swallow for those of us who cherished her. So, it’s particularly frustrating to watch her being used as a prop in an attempt to honor her memory when in reality it does nothing more than re-open wounds and remind us of what we are currently missing.
Then you sprinkle the insult of having Iggy Azalea, a white rapper, who is being accused of inserting herself into a culture she knows very little about for financial gain and instant stardom, as the film’s musical source. Azalea is being labeled as a glorified fake while Aaliyah’s accumulated tracks are enduringly valued and lauded.
There are better ways to pay homage to dearly departed celebrities without being offensive or disrespectful. When we reduce their memory to a poorly dramatized rendition of what their lives really represented, it is unforgivable and a dishonorable way to adequately revere them. Needless to say, I will not be tuning into Lifetime’s factory-made confection, Aaliyah’s story is simple and far from generic. She was a girl who chased her dreams and flawlessly made them come true.
“I Thought He Was Asexual” Tasha Smith Talks Tyler Perry’s Baby, Tisha Campbell-Martin And Sex Addiction
Tasha Smith visited the “Wendy Williams Show” recently. And perhaps, by now, you’ve noticed that whenever Tasha sits down, she spills all types of tea. And today, especially on Wendy, was no different. She talked about everything under the sun, from Tyler Perry having a baby, to trying to have one of her own, her friendship with Tisha Campbell-Martin and sex addiction…among other things. She was all the way live. Get into the interview, in the excerpts and then full video below.
Tyler Perry having a baby
Wendy: Tyler Perry is going to have his first child.
Tasha: Can you believe it?!
Tasha: Stop it Wendy! I used to think he was asexual. I didn’t think he had sex…at all! No but seriously… Stop it Wendy!! No, seriously. He’s like an uncle that never has sex. I was just shocked and I’m so happy for him, he’s going to be a daddy. I used to think that he would just be the uncle-daddy, you know?
Having a baby of her own with her husband of five years
Tasha: I’m kind of mad at him, he beat me and my husband to the punch.
Wendy: I remember the last time you were here you talked about desperately wanting to have a baby, a lot of women don’t put that out on national tv.
Tasha: And Wendy we are still trying to have a baby, ok? We are having sex all the time. As a matter of fact, we just got done. Up in your green room. I mean, why not, I’m ovulating. But Wendy seriously, it’s driving me crazy. And if it doesn’t happen this time, will you carry for me?
Wendy: I’m 50!….Would you consider adopting?
Tasha: I would rather do surrogacy before adopting. If I can’t do it, I’d rather find someone who would do it for me.
Wendy: Do you know Sherri? Well, I guess her surrogate’s busy…
Tasha: Well, honey, I don’t want her surrogate. I don’t want her surrogate. And nobody should ever want her husband… I shouldn’t go there but Wendy…Wendy!
Friendship with Tisha
My best friend since I was sixteen! I was 16, she was about 18, 19 in Camden, New Jersey. We met through an ex boyfriend who had introduced us. And I invited her to our house for dinner and she said yes, I couldn’t believe it. She was in School Daze and Little Shop of Horrors and all that. But for her to say yes to come to my house in Camden, New Jersey. I was so happy. We cleaned the house, sprayed it down with Lysol. We got it ready, right? It was ready, it was clean. We had fried chicken it was great. And she comes over and literally as soon as she sat down, a mouse ran over her foot. I was like Noooooooo!
She said she was ok, but the rest of the time she ate with her feet up like this, (Lifts feet up to put them on top of Wendy’s coffee table.)
And mind you, I did not believe in sex addiction, at all. I just thought you was a hoe, you just nasty, you just had to get it when you wanted to get it and give an excuse on why you getting it. But I did a lot of research on sex addiction, Wendy, and I am fully convinced that sex addiction is no different than alcoholism, drug addiction, gambling all of it. It is an addiction that’s connected to a mental disorder. And I don’t think people just getting hot and hard all the time.
And then you can check out her talking about the much coveted Donna Summer role, shaving her head trying to pull off her twin sister’s look and more in the full video below.
Tasha is a full fool and I love watching her interviews! What do you think about her comments…on everything. Did she take it too far and share too much or did she just say what a lot of us were already thinking?
“We Did It So Tastefully”: Wendy Williams Says Aaliyah’s Family “Would Be Proud” Of The Lifetime Biopic
Aaliyah: Princess of R&B doesn’t premiere until next month, but ever since the news spread that a biopic on the singer’s life was coming out, people have been extremely critical of the idea. No one has been more against it than her family, who released a statement back in June about the project:
Considering the magnitude of her fans’ affection alone, she deserves to have a tribute much more grand than a television network debut that won’t even consider the perspectives of those who were closest to Aaliyah.
Disregarding the families and dishonoring the legacies of celebrated figures who have passed on, big networks want to exploit their stories for a buck. We’re here to make it clear that it’s not okay!
Lifetime Television is trying to dictate the status of our heroes, our heroines and – in this case – our beloved Aaliyah. We implore everyone to call Lifetime Television, send emails and bombard social media so they know we demand respect for our cultural icons.
We will not sit idly by while they misrepresent and reap profits from our luminaries. There is more at stake than the public could imagine.
But someone who is all for the television movie is Wendy Williams, whose production company is helping bring the project to life. She sat down with the ladies of “The View” on Friday and spoke about the movie. According to the talk show host, the film is respectful, and will answer questions about the singer that fans have always wanted to know.
“It’s the movie about Aaliyah, you know, the R&B singer who passed away in a plane crash. She was only 22 years old. If she had lived, goodness only knows what her career would have been like right now. But the plane went down. She had a brief marriage with R. Kelly, and in the movie we tell that story. We do it tastefully. The family is not happy that the movie is being done but we did it so tastefully. I think the family would be proud. We’re not throwing anybody under the bus but we are telling a story that, I don’t know about you, but I’ve always wanted to know. How did she get started? What did her father say when she brought home a 28-year-old man and she’s only 15 talking about ‘daddy, I love him, we’re getting married’? What!? What!?”
If you missed the first real trailer for the movie, check it out HERE. How do you think this movie is going to turn out? If you’re interested in finding out, it will air on Lifetime on November 15 at 8 p.m.
Jennifer Hudson stopped by the Wendy Williams show this week to promote her new album J Hud. And of course, Wendy asked her all the fluff and puff questions about her son and her new album. But afterward, she wanted to know why oh why J Hud and longtime boyfriend, baby daddy and fiancé of six years, David Otunga, haven’t walked down the aisle and tied the knot.
See what both women had to say.
Wendy: There’s a pink elephant in the room, it’s the engagement ring. While it is beautiful…You’ve been wearing that ring and engaged for six years, so when are you and big David going to be getting married?
J Hud: Well the ring is still there and we will get married one day but again, my thing is, once I get married, I don’t believe in divorce. And so when I get married, it’s for good. We want to be completely sure we’re together, we’re happy and when it’s time…
Wendy: You have a baby and you’ve been together forever! And hello, he’s got a Harvard degree, who wouldn’t want to stay?
J Hud: But I think that’s the key, take baby steps.
Wendy: Baby steps?!
J Hud: That’s my definition of baby steps, baby. You ain’t gotta understand it.
Wendy: Ok, I’ll let it go. When it happens, it happens… but as long as you’re wearing the ring.
J Hud: He has one too, now.
Wendy: How’d did that happen?
J Hud: Well, he wanted one. He said he needed everybody to know that he was taken as well. After he gave me my ring, for his birthday I gave him his.
You know, Jennifer may be looking a little crazy to some of y’all but the way a lot of celebrity relationships play out in the media I can certainly understand her wanting to take her time. There are people who rush in and get divorced immediately. Then there are people who wait forever and still end up getting divorced once they’ve signed those papers. Only you know what’s right for you and apparently a long engagement is right for Jennifer, even if it is a little unorthodox. Point is, if this is what she feels like is going to keep her from getting a divorce then so be it.
You can watch her full interview with Wendy where she talks about her veneers, raising her son as a celebrity mom and her new album, in the video below.
The Wendy Williams Show Returns With Huge Ratings, Is #1 Daytime Talk Show; “The Queen Latifah Show” In Last Place
If you asked Wendy Williams “how YOU doing?” right now, she would probably say that she’s great, and that would have a lot to do with the fact that her talk show premiered at #1 in daytime talk.
According to Shadow and Act and TV By The Numbers, “The Wendy Williams Show” finished at the top spot in the coveted demographic of women ages 25-54. The show premiered its sixth season on Monday and beat out original airings of other popular nationally syndicated daytime shows like “Ellen,” “Live with Kelly & Michael” and “Dr. Phil.” The show’s numbers went up 50 percent in ratings from last year’s premiere of season five.
The talk show’s distributors (Mort Marcu and Ira Bernstein, co-presidents of Debmar-Mercury) are ecstatic about the good news, and put out a statement:
“To have the No. 1 show in the category most important to advertisers, a record-setting household performance and phenomenal year-to-year growth is astounding. It is a lasting testament to Wendy, their fantastic team and the many stations across the country that have believed so strongly in Wendy. We couldn’t be more thrilled.”
I guess eating crow on television and having such an unfiltered opinion is paying off big time for Williams. Congrats!
But “The Queen Latifah Show” isn’t faring as well, coming in last in the ratings after “Wendy,” “Ellen,” “Live,” “Dr. Phil,” “The Real,” “Steve Harvey,” “Meredith Viera” and “Dr. Oz.” I personally miss out on Latifah’s show because it airs so early in the morning that I often forget about (too soon after the morning news shows for me to remember to change the channel). But we’re hoping that since it’s early in the new talk show season, ratings for the show will increase soon…
I’ve always liked Sherri Shepherd but my respect for her has increased in the past few months. If I were going through some of the trauma she’s dealing with, both ex husbands trying to sue her, one trying to take custody of her son, another trying to argue the prenup, I would be somewhere eyes bulged, rocking back and forth in a corner. But she’s handling everything graciously, with a smile.
She recently stopped by Wendy Williams where she talked about all the drama and her rumored relationship with Johnny Gill. We talked about all of that here. But she also detailed her custody battle with her first husband Jeffrey Sr.
“He took me to court and the papers said that I was a bad mother. And anybody who knows me, knows that I live for my son Jeffrey. He is everything to me. I’m a working mama. One of the first words Jeffrey learned was homelessness because if Mommy don’t work, that’s what we gon’ be.
So the status of that is, I went to court, I went to LA and the judge ruled in my favor. I retain custody of my son.”
We already told you about the drama with Sal but Wendy wanted to know the state of her relationship with him. Here’s what Sherri had to say.
“No we don’t talk but I’m on my knees praying a lot for him.
Wendy: Is he really 43?
I think he’s 44 now…
Well girl, he grew up in Detroit. Detroit is a hard town. In Detroit, you got to work hard for your money.”
And she also spoke about the future of “The View.” Sherri said she doesn’t know if the show will be around in seven years.
And then she addressed the shade Rosie threw in her recent interview with Variety.
“Like my first week, when Barbra asked me if the Earth was round or flat, I said ‘I didn’t know.’ I had a brain fart because I had never done that before. Like ain’t nobody else had a brain fart! I was nervous. I had ADD as an adult, I was trying to figure out how to pay my cable bill and I zoned out.
But here’s the thing. Rosie and I, I don’t think people realize, I love this girl. She helped me with my negotiations when I first got on “The View.” Rosie called me up and said, ‘This is what you need to say, This is how much money I make, This is how much you need to ask for.’ So I know Rosie. Girl power, literally.
She’s a comic and sometimes that doesn’t translate on the page and Rosie said I almost gave her an aneurysm when I said that.”
That’s good to hear.
You can watch Sherri’s full interview with Wendy in the video below.
[Watch] Wendy Williams Eats A Crow After Losing Bet About Kim & Kanye Actually Making It Down The Aisle
Last year, Wendy Williams made a bold declaration. The daytime TV host was under the impression that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s engagement was a sham and expressed extreme doubt about the high-profile pair actually making it down the aisle. However, her suspicions turned out to be incorrect. Kim and Kanye exchanged vows during an Italian wedding ceremony.
“I could be wrong, and if I am let it be known on today, Monday June 24th, if I am wrong and they actually get married, I will eat crow right here on this stage… with a lot of hot sauce.”
She later noted that she would chow down on the bird on the couple’s “73rd day” of marriage. Well, the time has come for Wendy to eat her words, literally. For the new season of her daytime TV show, Wendy tried crow gumbo prepared by a gourmet chef.
“So last season of the show I made a bet that Kim and Kanye’s marriage wouldn’t last longer than 72 days and I told you that if it did, I’d eat crow. That’s an expression we use; that’s not something we’re supposed to do! But I lost the bet,” she explained before introducing Chef Kevin Burrows.
Once the dish was prepared, Wendy dug in.
“It tastes kind of like chicken liver. You know, it’s not so bad,” she expressed.
“But there you go, I’m a woman of my word.”
Of course, Wendy couldn’t allow the segment end without resorting to her usual shenanigans.
“Just because they’re married doesn’t mean they’re happy! We’re watching you for the next 73 days Kardashian-West,” she concluded.
Although some may have been under the impression that production for Lifetime’s Aaliyah biopic was at a standstill, executive producer for the project, Wendy Williams, says this certainly is not the case. In fact, Wendy says the film will probably air on the network in February. The outspoken daytime TV host also addressed the resistance that production has been getting from Aaliyah’s family regarding the movie.
“In my opinion, TV trumps motion picture,” she told the New York Daily News of the film. “In my opinion, as a woman who loves to lay in the house and watch a motion picture, I feel that the family might be a little misguided in the power of box office versus TV. Lifetime will play the movie over and over. TV is the way to get your story told.”
As you’ve probably heard by now, Aaliyah’s family, who at one point vowed to do anything they could to put a stop to the film, was not the only obstacle faced by production. The film’s star, Disney actress Zendaya Coleman, dropped out of the project after she was widely criticized by fans.
“I thought Zendaya would have made a great Aaliyah,” said Wendy. “I was sorry that people — my people, black people — started talking about her skin complexion and how it was not going to jibe with Aaliyah’s.”
As previously reported, actress Alexandra Shipp took over the role once Zendaya dropped out.
Are you interested in seeing the film when it airs in a few months?
Wendy Williams has been in the business for decades. Before she landed her own daytime talk show, the New Jersey native ruled the airwaves — and ruffled quite a few celebrity feathers. Known for never holding her tongue, Williams has gotten into it with numerous stars over the years and this list only names a few of the rich and famous who had beef with Wendy Williams.
What started out as a comment about a purse has turned into an apparent beef between Wendy Williams and NeNe Leakes. Williams recently talked about Leakes’ Birkin bag that had her favorite catchphrase painted on it. Apparently, the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star didn’t appreciate Williams talking about her bag and how she ruined it but it goes deeper than that. “I know Wendy does a lot of gossiping, that’s how she started her career,” Leakes said. “But to just start sabotaging me. I felt like she wanted to sabotage my career because she was really saying nasty things about me. And I have done nothing to Wendy. So for me it was not about the bag.”