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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.”
“I Didn’t Consider It A Problem” Wendy Williams Opens Up About Cocaine Habit, Plastic Surgery & More
Wendy Williams is far from the shy and reserved type. And when it comes to other people, she’s never shy about stating her opinion. And in doing so over the years, she’s revealed, in passing, quite a few things about herself. For instance, we know that Wendy battled a cocaine addiction, has had numerous surgeries and is a proponent of wigs–for several reasons.
In celebration of her 50th birthday, the radio turned talk show host, spoke with People, about her very challenging and bumpy road to happiness.
Wendy explains that finally, at 50 she’s happy with her physical appearance. “I’m 5ft 11 in, 165 pounds and I love my body at this point in my life.” But that wasn’t always the case. From childhood, her family let her know that her size was a problem.
“In the seventies I guess that is what they called ‘love.’ When I look back I was a little fluffy, but I wasn’t ‘fat.’” But during her development, the seed had already been planted and Wendy said concern over her figure led her to cocaine when she was an undergrad in college.
“I didn’t consider it a problem mainly because I had no money to fuel the habit.”
All of that changed though when she got her first big break working at New York City’s WRKS in 1989. She had a salary to help feed her addiction.
“I was making $60,000 a year, and at $35 a gram, cocaine was cheap.”
Meeting her husband Kevin Hunter is what caused Wendy to slow down. “I decided to step back and take an assessment of my life.”
After meeting Hunter, Wendy had two miscarriages. The aftermath caused her to abandon her health and she gained 103 pounds.
Thankfully, then she got pregnant with her son Kevin Jr, who is now 13. After his birth she opted for a ‘mommy makeover’ and got tummy tuck. Wendy says “It was a kickoff to a new way of life.”
These days, she’s very conscious of her health, particularly since she has both a thyroid disorder and Graves’ disease–which is why she wears the wigs.
But she’s certainly grateful for the life she’s currently leading. “I’ve corrected just about everything that bothered the hell out of me in my twenties, thirties and forties. I have to say, this is not how I thought things would turn out. I’m sober, I’ve got my Kevins, my parents are still around to see my success. I knew life would turn out OK, but I didn’t think it’d turn out great.”
Kenya Moore appears to have always been quite fond of Wendy Williams. However, it seems that she has a bit more of an incentive to adore the outspoken television personality these days: Porsha Stewart and NeNe Leakes’ beef with Wendy. Kenya was recently asked what she thinks of NeNe’s feud with Wendy and unsurprisingly, she repped #TeamWendy loudly and proudly.
“What’s your opinion on the Nene and Wendy beef?” one fan questioned.
“It’s petty. @WendyWilliams speaks her mind that’s why ppl watch,” Kenya responded.
“#teamwendy some people can’t take criticism it’s really not that serious. The truth hurts it u don’t have to believe it,” she continued.
Earlier this week, NeNe spoke to us about her beef with Wendy and the “Glee” star accused her former friend of being extremely harsh towards Black women on her show.
“She’s not only negative toward people, she is negative toward Black girls,” said NeNe. “And you’re a Black woman sitting up here. Now, I have a feeling why she’s saying it, but I just want people to know it was not about my Birkin bag, my bag was the last straw for me. She put on this sabotaging campaign for a very long time. So I wanted to do an open letter and just said to her ‘What did I do to you?!’ Because if I did anything to you, you need to tell me.”
NeNe went on to express that Wendy’s entire empire was built on being negative.
“We all know that Wendy has been very negative towards a lot people in the industry. That’s basically how she built her career. That’s fine with me. No tea and no shade. But the deal is I supported Wendy, I was supportive of Wendy.”
“All of a sudden it’s like Wendy flipped and went on some type of sabotaging campaign,” she continued. “Every time she would put my picture up, she said something negative about me. I don’t watch her show anymore because she has been so negative toward people.”
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Exclusive: NeNe Leakes Talks New HSN Clothing Line, Cynthia & Marlo, Wendy Williams & Why She Keeps Coming Back To RHOA
NeNe Leakes doesn’t really need any introduction around these parts does she? At least once a week something she’s said, done or something that involves her, in one way or another, is featured here on MN. We’re always talking about NeNe and have been since she joined the cast of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” with her one of kind brand of “keepin’ it real.” In honor of her launching her new clothing line with HSN, we got a chance to speak to Ms. Leakes about everything from her new business venture with HSN, the end of her friendships with Marlo and Cynthia, the issues she has with Wendy Williams, why she can’t leave RHOA even if she wanted to and whether or not we’ll see her on Broadway. Just like the NeNe we see on television, Ms. Leakes in real life had plenty to say when we spoke to her on the phone and I ended the conversation remembering just how she became the one-to-watch reality star that she is today. See what she had to say.
What inspired the clothing line?
I wanted women of all ages, all shapes, all sizes to feel comfortable and confident in the clothes that they’re wearing. My motto was, for every woman to walk into her closet, walk out of her closet and own it. I just want them to own it. I would go out like that. I would have women that would approach me and say things like, ‘Hey NeNe where do you buy your clothes?’ First thing they would say, ‘You’ve lost so much weight.’ And I would say ‘No I haven’t.’ You watch me on television and I know television sometimes makes people look much larger but I’m not plus size. But people thought I was plus size from watching me on television and I would say, you know I need to come out with a line of clothing that makes women feel good, affordable luxury. I’m able to walk through the store and obviously buy things that are very expensive but there was a time in my life when I couldn’t afford things either. So we came out with a line with good fabrics, things that really felt good, things that wash good, things that dry cleaned well, things that didn’t tear. And then clothes for larger, curvier girls. We can tap into a market that nobody is really tapping into right now and that’s what I did.
What made you chose to partner with HSN?
We took meetings with a lot of different people. And HSN actually felt right. When they walked into the room we totally clicked. And you need to really work with people who really understand and get you. They even took a little bit of a chance too. There’s a reason why people aren’t going into market for the curvier girls. They felt like it was a little scary to kind of go up to sizes that were so large but I felt very adamant about us clothing the curvier girl. And I felt like the curvier woman or girl would want to come out and purchase this line if we made things that weren’t frumpy, if we only made things that were stylish. I felt like a lot of their issues were they couldn’t find things that were stylish in the market.
I’m a beginner in the fashion industry so I wanted to be able to learn my craft. One thing I hate is doing things that I don’t have the full knowledge of. I feel like I can turn it all the way out if I have full knowledge of how the game works.
Did you get into reality TV to use it as a platform?
You know when I first started I didn’t really know what the whole reality tv world was about. I had watched “Flavor of Love” and the two brothers [from "I Love New York."] The Osbournes and “The Real World” but I really didn’t know that much about reality shows. I was acting at the time. I was going back and forth from Atlanta to Los Angeles to be a part of pilot season. And when I got approached by these producers to do the housewives of Atlanta I wasn’t thinking about anything other than maybe this could help my acting career. So I didn’t really go into the show with a plan. Once I got on the show and saw what the show was, I was like ‘Oh ok, I’m about ready to turn this into a business. We really need to start working on our dreams.’ And just from that– I didn’t even know how I was going to work on my dream actually.
I met this man, whose my manager now, Steven Grossman, he would say ‘I see all of these things for you. I watch you and I feel like you can do this, that or the other.’ And I thought, ‘Ok, so he wants some money.’ So I let the meeting go and went a whole other year and he would always try to send me a message like I still want to work with you and I was like ‘Ok…no!’ Until one day, I sat back and thought I just really learned the game after doing the show a couple of seasons.
I really was able to work on the show and saw that there were so many girls on the show who wanted to be popular. It was so weird to me because honestly… honestly I never wanted to be popular. I never thought about that. I always thought, I want to damn eat and I want some damn money. When other girls on the show were thinking about how popular they were, I felt like I was always popular. I was popular in high school. It was never that serous to me. These girls wanted rich boyfriends but they never wanted to do anything. They just wanted to date a popular guy. So I learned real quick. I thought, hey I’m married. All I can do right now is try to figure out how we can eat. It just popped in my mind to start working, you got to do other things outside of this show. So I reached back out to Steven and I said let’s give this a try. And it just worked for us. It just worked in my favor that people wanted to meet with me.
The past couple of months, Master P and his wife’s name has been plastered all over the blogs. Percy and Sonya Miller have been detailing the dissolution of his 25 year marriage to Sonya Miller. And though he’s said some inflammatory things to TMZ and his son Romeo has commented, we really haven’t gotten the full story from Master P. Well, today on the Wendy Williams Show, he sat down and told it all. He apologized to his wife for some things, explained why he missed his custody hearing and even spilled the tea on an upcoming Master P biopic, if you haven’t noticed, they’re all the rage these days. Check out some of the highlights from the interview, transcribed below and the full video at the bottom of the page.
Apologies and claims of drug use
Wendy: You’ve been married to Sonya for 25 years. This is the same girl who was with you when you were scrapping two rocks together trying to build something.
Master P: I think that people got to realize that in a relationship, things happen, people grow together or they grow apart. She definitely was there. We ain’t been in a relationship in seven years. And I’m not mad at her, I love her. She’s my kids’ mother and we have to take care of our kids forever. I think what people need to realize is when lawyers come into play, and you know, you got lawyers who don’t know your business, or don’t know where you come from, they play a big effect.
I want to apologize to her, to be honest with you, because I’m not perfect, nobody’s perfect but I’m at a good stage in my life right now. I don’t have a right to say whatever she needs to do. That was just me kind of like, getting back… if somebody says this about you, knowing I been taking care of somebody for twenty something years, it kind of hurt a little bit. But at the same time, I feel like in my life, it’s about my kids, it’s about our kids. Whether we never be together, we gotta take care of our kids.
W: Sonya claimed she was on welfare and living with Romeo, is that true?
MP: Stop listening to all that stuff. I’m just saying, if she’s living with Romeo, that mean she’s living a beautiful life. Let’s be honest. If our relationship don’t work, she has her son Romeo, who’s successful, she will be alright.
W: You said that if she could pass a drug test, you would give her anything she wants.
MP: Not only her family but my family, we’re trying to break that cycle with drugs and alcohol. I think a lot of people don’t know that it breaks up a lot of families, it destroys a lot of families. But that’s not my right to say that and I realize that. So like I said, I want to apologize to her for that because I don’t have that right, I’m not God, I’m not perfect. And I realize that whatever she gotta do, she has to figure it out. I can’t change nobody but me, she can change herself.
MP: When you have daughters, like my other daughter, I’ve been having problems with the other girl and my other daughter, her older sister, she’s about to be eighteen. I’ve really been trying to spend a lot of time with them because they say in a relationship, girls really play off of their father and so I really want to spend a lot of time with them and that’s what I’ve been doing. But you know what, it’s not about custody, I’m going to take care of my kids.
W: I heard you didn’t go to court because you were at your 15-year-old daughter’s school, talking to the principal and vice principal because her grades are terrible, she’s been missing a lot of school and she’s a little out of control.
MP: She’s out of control. But when you’re a celebrity, I can’t do what my dad did with me. My dad put the belt on me. When I got acting bad…that’s what I really want to do but then I’ll be back on–somebody said “P did this.” Sometimes you do need to be chastised. I’ve been with her, I’ve been going to the school on my own, dealing with principals and saying you know what ‘You’re a smart girl, you’re beautiful, you need to get it together in school because that’s all I’m asking you to nothing else but do your school work.’
Whatever she deserves, she’s going to get it. I have no problem with that. But you know in life you move. Like I said, you either fall in love or you fall out because of communication. I think at the beginning, we never really had the proper communication. I was young, trying to make it. We came a long way. I got a brother dead, I got a brother in prison.
W: How is C Murder by the way?
MP:Well, you know we’re praying for him. He didn’t do this but all the other stuff, where he comes from, it follows you and that’s what I try to teach my kids. You gotta know when you walk out that door, anything can happen. So, you gotta be prepared. And I think education is a big part of it. Education saved my life. I went to college. That was the most important thing for me.
The Reality Show
Wendy explains that she was trying to say that she doesn’t think Master P shouldn’t put his family drama on reality tv.
MP: Well, the difference with me, that I feel like right now, is that my life has been a big secret. People never got a chance to see how the Millers really live. And this is a fun show, as a single father raising his kids. It’s funny. We’re going out traveling, doing things, showing our life saying where we come from. We come from the projects and we want to motivate kids all across the country to say, ‘P did it, we can do it.’
W: It’s going to be uplifting like Tiny and T.I.?
It’s all of us getting our lives together. I’m focusing on my kids right now. People always talk about African American fathers, they aren’t there for their kids. And whatever we go through, I’m always going to be there for my kids.
MP: It’s coming. 2015, Master P: The Ice Cream Man, the movie is coming. On the big screen. We’re looking for somebody to play me right now. You’ll see our life where we started. My grandfather was a big influence in my life, my dad my grandmother. You know I had choices to make in my life, I remember I’m in the projects with Romeo, he’s one-year-old. I’m listening to Ice T’s “Colors” ‘I’m a nightmare walking, psychopath talking’ and my grandmother saying ‘Boy, turn that music down.’ And I’m thinking to myself, if I didn’t change my life, Romeo wouldn’t be the big, superstar actor he is now.
The way these two go at it, it’s sort of hard to believe that they were once friends, but apparently that’s a thing of the past
NeNe Leakes recently took to her blog to respond to Wendy Williams questioning her decision to deface her Birkin bag.
— Wendy Williams (@WendyWilliams) July 22, 2014
Considering that the two have had issues with one another in the past, NeNe clearly took offense to Wendy’s question and decided to air it all out on her website. Her post reads:
“Wendy I am sure people think that I’ve done something to you, maybe we had a beef or I slept with your man but none of that is true! I’ve actually only been nice to you! I gave you a beautiful black $3,200 Celine Phantom Bag to celebrate your 500th show but you haven’t spoken of that! But what you have chosen to do is constantly speak negative of me and lie on me!
What you need to do is stop spewing hate! When it comes to gossip you are the lowest of the low! I know you hate because I turned down the chance to come on your Talk Show and I am sure you’re scared I will take your place (I know you have heard! Ummhmm wink wink) BE SCARED!
I have a clothing line on HSN coming out in a few days and I know it must be hard for a black woman to support another black woman but you should try it sometime. PS: My Birkin is being turned into a work of art to raise money for a worthy charity something you fail to mention on your show! I don’t have one Birkin I have five now run tell that WIG.”
It would make sense for these two to just stop acknowledging one another, but that’s probably unlikely.
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In the season four trailer for “Braxton Family Values” included above, it seems like all hell breaks loose. The sisters are talking about pressing charges, Tamar’s threatening to quit and in what seems like something completely out of character, we watch Towanda spazz out at a dinner table, pushing glasses over while she yells that no one cares about her.
Well, until the season premieres on August 14, we won’t know what’s going on and whether or not there will be any resolution. But today on the “Wendy Williams Show,” sisters Trina and Towanda came and sat down with Wendy to discuss what they could about their sisterly drama, the Braxton family album and the state of their on-again-off-again marriages.
See what the ladies had to say.
Towanda on her breakdown
“I know it was hard for everyone to see because generally, I don’t show emotion, so that was like 40 years of suppression.”
Trina: “Well it was really difficult to see her react that way because Towanda is always the Rock of Gibraltar. She always acts like nothing bothers her and nothing ever gets to her and she’s always like, ‘Oh, if you need anything, just call me.’ And that’s wonderful however if something’s on your mind, you have to let it out. Otherwise it turns into the blowout you just saw there.”
Tamar being at the center of the drama
Towanda: “Yea, even when were were growing up.”
Trina: “Well she’s the baby in every sense of the word so now that we are growing up and going through all these growing pains, she still wants to act like the baby.”
Towanda: “It’s good [our relationship with Tamar], its a great relationship. Even though we argue hard, we still love each other.”
Their Romantic Relationships
Trina: “Well you know, we’ve been square dancing for a lot of years, we’re in we’re out, we’re in, we’re out. We are concentrating on being good parents right now. And when we stepped away we decided that no matter what we are going through, that our kids come first.”
Wendy: “Gabe, and I didn’t realize this, is not the biological father of your two children.”
Trina: “But don’t tell him that honey…”
Wendy: “Do we ever see their bio father on the show?”
Trina and Towanda: “You don’t want to.”
Towanda: “He’s like…” *inflates herself to insinuate he’s overweight.*
Wendy: “Are you all sleeping in the same bed?
Trina: “You mean do, we sleep together? Yeah we do sometimes.”
Wendy: “Are living under the same roof?”
Trina: “We are working on that, we’re working on that, its a gradual process.”
Towanda’s relationship with Andre:
Wendy: “You all’s marriage is one good footing?”
Towanda: b”Well, it’s on a foot.”
Wendy: “Do you still have an open marriage?”
Towanda: “Well we have an open and front door.”
Trina: “What does that mean?”
Towanda tried to play coy, telling them they would have to just keep watching the show. But both Wendy and Trina kept pushing, asking exactly what are the rules.
Wendy: “Does Andre go out and have sexual relations with other women?”
Towanda: “I don’t know.”
Trina: “And if so, does he tell you?”
Towanda: “I have to be honest. If he does, I don’t know about it. He’s home with the kids a lot, while I’m on the road. So honestly, I don’t see how he would have time.”
Wendy: “Do you date?”
Towanda: “I don’t, I haven’t dated.”
Wendy: “But you have the rule in place just in case something walks by you that you like?”
Whether or not Tamar is going to quit BFV
Towanda: “Tamar quits every season.”
Trina: “Even when we were playing games, whenever Tamar would lose, she’d pack the game up and put it away and quit. So you know, she’s being a baby. That’s Tamar.”
You can watch the full video, where the ladies talk about the sister album and how long they think the show will last on the next page. And be sure to tune into the new season of “Braxton Family Values” on Thursday, August 14 at 9 pm on WE Tv.
Meet The New Girl: Alexandra Shipp Will Play Aaliyah In Lifetime Biopic, Wendy Williams To Exec Produce
— Wendy Williams (@WendyWilliams) July 18, 2014
It looks like the Aaliyah biopic will not be stopped. And there are some even more interesting developments coming to the Lifetime movie.
Just a few hours ago, talk show host Wendy Williams announced that she would be coming on board with the project as executive producer and actress Alexandra Shipp will play the title role. You may know Shipp for her role in the television show “House of Anubis” where she plays KT Rush or “Ray Donovan” where she’s made an appearance as the character Tiffany. She’s also set to star in the Drumline sequel, Drumline 2: A New Beat, which will air on VH1.
That was just three weeks ago. But Lifetime was on move and they’ve found her replacement.
But let’s be real. Shipp, 23, is not exactly an A-list actress…yet And while I’m sure this is an exciting moment for her, the same issues that surrounded Coleman being cast to play Aaliyah will most likely plague Shipp as well.
Her casting doesn’t do anything to soothe the family’s concerns about the movie not being a feature film or the fact that they were not consulted initially. And then there’s the R-Kelly thing, which Lifetime said they are going to include.
With Lifetime replacing Zendaya so quickly, the network could still be on track to finish shooting this summer and air the film in the fall.
Wendy Williams joins Howard Braunstein and Debra Martin Chase (The Princess Diaries and Sparkle) who are also serving as executive producers.
The script, based on the best seller Aaliyah: More Than A Woman by Christopher Farley, was written by Michael Elliot, who also wrote Brown Sugar.
What do you think about this new casting choice? Do you think things will be easier for Alexandra than they were for Zendaya? And are you surprised Wendy signed on?
Honey, this is why I just cannot rock with Wendy Williams. As entertaining as I find her and as inspirational as her story is, I think she’s just mean. She picks and chooses which celebrities she’s going to defend and which she’s going to defame. I know some of y’all like the fact that she keeps it real but sometimes that realness is just messy for messy’s sake. Recently on her show, during her infamous hot topics segment, Wendy spoke about Chris and Drake burying the hatchet and appearing the studio together, leading many to believe they’re working on an album.
And you know what it is, when you mention Drake and Chris, you almost always have to mention Rihanna. She started by saying Drake told Chris that the fling he had with Rihanna… was just that, a fling. It wasn’t serious.
Here’s what Wendy had to say in response:
“I don’t think anyone but Chris has been serious about Rihanna ’cause Rihanna…don’t take this the wrong way because this is an observational observation. Rihanna is like you hit the skins and scram.
Well I didn’t make that up! She puts it out there. Like Rihanna is not girlfriend material. Am I wrong? Rihanna is the kind of girl she’s hot, she’s sexy. You do her, then you take your penicillin.
Let me get out of this while I can. Let’s move on.”
Come on. That’s far too much. And what’s so foul about it is that in one breath Wendy encourages women in their twenties (the current age group in which Rihanna now finds herself) to live their lives, be out and free and sexually expressive. But in another she shames Rihanna for essentially being dirty, in her opinion..
Can we just state as a matter of fact that Wendy doesn’t know Rihanna’s vagina?
Furthermore, let’s not pretend that both Drake and Chris Brown have not been out here. And neither one of them has ever attempted to keep it a secret. And yet I don’t recall anyone–specifically Wendy– calling either one of them dirty because of it.
Take a look at the video below and let us know what you think about Wendy’s comments.
“I Thought That Was Ving Rhames”: Porsha Williams Throws Some Mean Shade At Wendy Williams On “Dish Nation”
Porsha Williams isn’t a big fan of Wendy Williams. And it all dates back to a time when she was a guest on Wendy’s show and was told to her face that she was living “less than smart.” It’s not the first time someone has said something like this about the RHOA star (and after that Underground Railroad mess, a lot of people were publicly questioning her intelligence), but Williams joked about Porsha not being so smart to her audience even when she wasn’t a guest, and they took it upon themselves to call her “stupid.” Feeling disrespected, Porsha told V-103 what she really thought of Wendy Williams earlier this year:
“Like every time I see her say something about me, I’m disappointed in her. She’s calling me ‘less than smart’, she’s less than a woman. You shouldn’t do that. I’ve been through a very traumatic situation that hurt me, all I’m trying to do is stand and be strong and possibly inspire somebody else and all she does is knock me down. But this is the same woman who said that I should’ve had a baby by my ex to get cash. Really? Never. Never stoop that low. So for me, I have no thoughts on Wendy, at all. You know what, for her to have that type of platform she has, she should use it better than she does. I’m disappointed in her. I’m not even going to really insult her and go too low, I’m just disappointed in a woman like her to do what she does every single day…”
Now Porsha has her own platform through her gig on The Rickey Smiley Morning Show and Dish Nation. And when the topic of Wendy Williams was brought up, she took her own shots at the talk show host.
During a segment by Gary called “Bikini Watch,” the radio hosts all lauded the swimsuits (aka, the butts) of famous folks. The women brought up included Rihanna, Jessica Alba and reality star, Brandi Glanville. But when a recent photo of Wendy Williams in a bikini was brought up, they didn’t have much to say:
Gary With Da Tea: “And finally we have the wonderful, the beautiful and the talented, Ms. Wendy Williams. Ooooh, what the hell Wendy Williams got on?”
Porsha Williams: “Oh my God…”
Rickey Smiley: “Not today.”
Headkrack: “I ain’t saying nothing…Ya’ll can have that.”
Gary: “Oh we love Wendy because we want to be on her show one day.”
Porsha: “Oh Please! No we don’t.”
Rickey: “Porsha, you and Wendy Williams got beef?”
Porsha: *Sips drink loudly*…”I thought that was Ving Rhames ya’ll said so why are we talking about Wendy?”
Co-hosts: “Oooooooooh! [laugh]“
Yep, she went there. Which is interesting considering that she’s used her spot on The Rickey Smiley Morning Show to take shots at a few folks she’s had issues with (Kenya Moore included), which isn’t too far off from what Wendy does. But hey, that’s just my opinion. But you tell us what you think. Check out that chat from the show below and share your thoughts.