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Despite the terrible reviews received by Lifetime’s Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B, Wendy Williams is still very much interested in producing made-for-TV movies—at least that’s what she recently told the LA Times. The radio-personality-turned-TV-host also discussed her own personal biopic, deciding to do stand-up comedy and the influence her show has had on others. Check out some highlights from her interview below.
On “The Wendy Show” opening doors for other daytime talk shows:
“I do believe in a way that our show has opened doors for others to be more forthright on TV. I don’t say ‘my show’ because my whole staff is producing the girl they see in front of them. They aren’t trying to change me, they are just producing me with a little more taste than maybe I bring to the table. The landscape of daytime has changed. I’m not so sure people go to daytime TV for kumbaya moments anymore. I fit into that wheelhouse of people, who are very busy all day long doing stuff and want an hour to escape.
I’m doing the kind of show I’d watch as a 50-year-old woman. I don’t have time to keep up with Lindsay Lohan and all of them, can I just turn on TV and have someone break it down as to why I should care or not?”
On her biopic that was never released:
“My autobiography [2003’s “Wendy’s Got the Heat”] was the first book I wrote. My husband and I made the decision that we were going to turn it into a movie. Robin Givens played me. We funded it ourselves, which I would never wish on my worst enemy.
We shot around Manhattan and told the story of a girl from Jersey, me, with a pretty big radio career and a lot of potholes. Being married, having a child, going through infidelity and miscarriage, heartache and drug abuse.
A month after the movie wrapped in 2007 the phone rings and it was Debmar-Mercury. They had been streaming my radio show and were looking for the next big thing in daytime. Less than a year later I was on TV doing a six-week sneak peek in four cities.”
On wanting to produce more made-for-TV films:
“I would love to be able to produce more made-for-TV movies. There’s no discounting the big screen. But me and my husband [Kevin Hunter, her manager and business partner] have developed some great relationships with various networks since having this talk show.”
On taking a stab at stand-up comedy:
“I was turning 50, and I was asked what’s on my bucket list. I thought, ‘Well, I’ve always been told I’m funny; I want to do standup.’ In New York there’s a million different clubs. I figured somebody would arrange something small.
There would be a light bulb swinging from a string, a bunch of seedy drunks in the room and I’d be one of several to get up and tell a few jokes. Didn’t happen that way. The Venetian called and they wanted me in this series they were doing called Lipshtick, which were women comedians. Susie Essman, Loni Love, Joy Behar, Lisa Lampanelli — these are real comedians.”
Read Wendy’s full interview here.
“He Has His Ratchet Side”: K. Michelle Talks To Wendy Williams About How She And Idris Elba Connected
After finally revealing on the Breakfast Club that her album, Anybody Wanna Buy A Heart (out now) was influenced by an alleged eight-month relationship with Idris Elba, K. Michelle visited The Wendy Williams Show this morning to talk further about how the two ended up bonding, why she says they went their separate ways, and how she realized she was a side-chick for him. She also had some interesting things to say about being overjoyed to have left “Love and Hip Hop” behind, and about her ex, Memphitz, and his defamation suit against her. Here are the deets:
On Moving Away From “LHH”:
“I just thank God I’m not there. I escaped! I’m never going to downplay what it did for my career. I won’t take from that. I hated going to work every day feeling like I had to fight.”
Memphitz, Claims That She Lied About Being Abused, And His Defamation Lawsuit:
“I don’t sing about him no more [laughs]. For me, I think that was one of the most hurtful things to take a stand on and say, you know what, I’m going to talk about the abuse that I went through. For me, beating your behind, or whatever you want to call it, comes in a lot of different forms. And to me, if I was drug and smothered with a towel and drug across the ground and I’m screaming for help, ‘Please don’t kill me,’ I think that was a little bit of abuse. It has been really difficult to see that every city I go to for promo, I go to a shelter and I go talk to women. The same women that you’re fighting for can become the same women that are poking at you and calling you a liar. And that makes women not want to come out and talk about it.
He’s suing me. I never said his name. He doesn’t have a job, so I’m the job. I’m very confident from what’s been going on that I will be vindicated in this, and I will finally get my life back.”
On Not Feeling Idris At First And Moving On After He Had His Son:
It was like an 8 month situation. I never thought that I would like him either. I thought his jeans were too tight. I told him! And I thought his accent was kind of funny. No offense to the UK, it was just different for me…We just clicked. People aren’t always what they seem. He’s not a bad person at all. He has his ratchet side and he cleans up nicely but he’s very down to earth. He’s very fun.
There was a situation. He has a child and I’m not going to get in the way of that…you’re not going to get me. You’re not going to call me the homewrecker or call me any of that. So me, I desire a lot of attention and time, and when there’s a newborn you have to give your time and attention to that child.
When I met him, I did find out that he had a woman pregnant. But I did not know the extent of that situation. I kind of looked up and I kind of was like the sidechick. I looked in the mirror and I was like, ‘Girl, you done paid all this money for this work [laughs]. You can’t be the sidechick!’ But through it all he has remained a gentleman.”
Check out her full chat with Wendy and let us know what you think below…
Today marks the release of Mary J Blige’s thirteenth album. It’s called London Sessions. So she appeared on “The Wendy Williams Show” today to discuss the process of making it. The title comes from the fact that she traveled to London by herself to record this album with producers and engineers she had never worked with before, in an unfamiliar environment. Mary told Wendy that she felt like she needed to do something different as an artist in order to shake herself up a bit.
In addition to recording and enjoying London’s parks, Mary made a point to reach out to Amy Winehouse’s father while she was there. Mary has said before that she was greatly inspired by Winehouse’s music and identified with her struggle with drugs and alcohol. Mary told Wendy that she’d felt like just as she was coming out of that hell, Winehouse was walking into it.
Mary said that she always admired the fact that Amy was open and honest about her struggle, particularly with her song “Rehab.” Which led Wendy to ask Mary how she managed to get clean without the aid of rehab.
Here’s what she had to say.
I’m real with myself. I’m hard. I do the hard stuff first. I pray and I really look at what I need to do to take responsibly. And that’s the hard part when you look at what you’re doing wrong. And that’s why I think people need or want to go see a doctor to get to the part where they say, ‘It’s me. I’m responsible for this.’ I’m not afraid to say that. Because you’ll end up stuck and in denial if you don’t do that.
Mary J also revealed that she had to stop socially drinking because it didn’t work. She realized that she was overdoing it.
And then they quickly transitioned to her marriage and since she couldn’t remember, Wendy asked her how she got married.
In my house. The goal– I didn’t want a bunch of fake…I wanted love there. I wore a white gown, a Vera Wang. It was sleek.
Then Wendy asked about her upcoming anniversary and if she makes a big deal of it.
I’m just happy that my man is still with me and he’s had the courage to stay with me. I’m grateful for that.
Wendy also asked her to clarify the no friends of the opposite sex comment.
There was more said than that. That thing was taken totally out of context. He’s had friends before he’s known me. And I know all of his female friends. They’re like his sisters so we’re all family. But any of these new chicks and all of this new stuff…(makes a swatting /”get out of here” motion.) And if they are new, we’ll all make friends. We’ll all be friends.
Now, that she’s clarified her comments, do you agree with her?
She also addressed her father being stabbed by his ex girlfriend and then she and Wendy played a game, giving out advice to the audience members. You can watch Mary’s full segment in the video below.
Wendy Williams is catching a lot of heat for the Aaliyah biopic, and too many more controversial comments quips and tea spills to count. But no matter how much heat comes for the Wendy Williams camp we all love to hate Wendy Williams and here’s why.
She’s A New York Institution
Fans who’ve only seen the Wendy Williams show are late to the game. Wendy’s been a gossip and controversy staple since her Hot 97 days in the early 90s. New York wouldn’t be the same without her.
Wendy Was Right: “Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B” Rakes In 3.2 Million Viewers And Is A Big Hit Despite Being Terrible
I’m pretty sure that the people behind “Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B” had no intention to make the biopic good. They just wanted to put out trailer after trailer, picture after picture and entice die-hard Aaliyah fans to give it a try, and they knew everyone would be talking about it. Hell, they didn’t even have rights to Aaliyah’s music, so that should have been a huge red flag. But controversy definitely brings big ratings, and I guess Wendy Williams was right:
“E’rybody got an opinion. Well, I must tell you, whether you loved or hate, you watched.”
According to Shadow and Act, the Lifetime original movie pulled in 3.2 million viewers during its world premiere on Saturday. It was 2014’s second-highest rated TV movie, coming in after Lifetime’s other big hit, “Flowers in the Attic.” According to S&A, “Aaliyah” was #1 in Google Trends and was a top trender on Twitter on Saturday night. And let’s not forget that the documentary Lifetime aired after the biopic, “Beyond the Headlines: Aaliyah,” also did really good, bringing in 2.7 million viewers.
So in the effort to damn the movie to hell through verbal lashing, everyone on Twitter ended up giving Lifetime and Wendy Williams what they wanted–a hit.
UPDATE: “Whether You Loved Or Hate, You Watched”: Wendy Williams Defends Aaliyah Biopic As Timbaland Continues To Trash It
UPDATE: Despite all the backlash, Wendy Williams is feeling good about the Aaliyah biopic, mostly because so many people watched it at the end of the day, even if they watched to rag on it:
“I see my Aaliyah movie broke the Internet this weekend. E’rybody got an opinion. Well I must tell you, whether you loved or hate, you watched. It was the second highest rated movie on all of cable this year so far. Not just Lifetime. But all of cable! And I must say, ‘Flowers in the Attic’ is number one, and then us, so thank you. We all have opinions, but I must say, if you still want to see the Aaliyah movie, it comes on tonight at eight o’ clock on Lifetime. And by the way, you Alexandra Shipp, did a terrific job as Aaliyah.”
Unless you were living under a rock the entire weekend, I’m sure you know good and well that in terms of quality, Lifetime’s Aaliyah biopic was panned by just about everybody. I personally watched it up until they introduced the Timbaland and Missy characters and I started feeling like I was watching the biggest joke I’d seen since Norbit. But I did see that Timbaland was trashing the film to hell using memes on Instagram, even though he didn’t watch it. He spoke in detail about why he was against the biopic while talking to Ebro in the Morning today and said that even though he didn’t watch the movie, he knew that it shouldn’t have been made and was going by what fans were telling him.
“I don’t know whose fault it is…I’m going by the fans. One of my close friends sent me the picture I first posted and I was like, man, pictures can say a lot. I felt like every picture said everything I probably would say in an interview.
I felt like, let me make it known that I really hear ya’ll fans. I’m very upset about it. Fans kept sending me great pictures and posts…I got 100 every hour. If I could have posted every picture I got, it would have been crazy.”
The producer said that he was bothered by the idea that the first time Aaliyah’s story was brought to life for fans, it was on Lifetime and was done in such a poor manner.
“That’s what made me go off the way I did. It was the first initial time and it was like, wow! This is how ya’ll gone really do it? Ya’ll really gone put this out? I always thought it was a rumor. I thought it was a joke, but evidently it wasn’t. Then I started to realize, wait a minute, this is really, real. As a businessman I’m like, I’m really the one that’s kind of dumb because I really shouldn’t have paid it any attention or gave it attention…the more attention we give this thing, the better it is for them. Support Baby Girl and don’t watch Lifetime. Make a real statement.”
Timbaland said that he hasn’t been in contact with Aaliyah’s uncle, Barry Hankerson, or Hankerson’s son Jomo, but the family, including himself and Missy, were all in agreement that they wouldn’t entertain a biopic until they were sure it was going to be done right and they were all ready.
“I haven’t reached out to Jomo or Barry. I know for the first time, everybody was all in agreeance on everything when it came to baby girl and this bio. It wasn’t done right. This is something that people want to hear from, hear from me anyway, and hear from Missy. If you can’t get Missy, I speak on the behalf of all of us when I say that I think it was done wrong.”
Throughout the interview, Ebro Darden kept asking Timbaland if he blamed Wendy Williams for the poor quality of the movie. He says that he doesn’t but acknowledges that everyone involved with the project clearly doesn’t care about how important Aaliyah is to her fans and music in general–it’s all about the money:
“They care absolutely not. And everybody keeps telling me, stop blaming Lifetime, blame Wendy. I didn’t follow the story so I gotta believe the fans. I don’t want to just diss this lady like that. I want to know the full details before I really, really go in. Only thing I know that I can go in on is that you’re showing a mockery on TV. That’s what really bothered me. Out of everybody who has passed away, Aaliyah has a special anointing in the air that people will not let die. When you talk about Aaliyah, everybody wakes up and it’s amazing to me. I think that kind of brought me to tears. To see my music and what I put into all these years, last this long and have that effect on people. The way people support her even after death, I don’t even think they rave over Michael Jackson the way they rave over Aaliyah, and I think that’s amazing.”
It was definitely an interesting interview. But with all the backlash that the film received over the weekend, I was feeling a little bad for Alexandra Shipp, who played Aaliyah. People were pretty harsh on the 23-year-old. But she did foresee the negativity, telling TIME:
After it was released that Zendaya was cast in the role, I remember reading all the backlash. It was kind of ridiculous. I was like, “This girl is a great actress. She’s going to do a great job, and it’s a great production.” Once I got offered it, I wondered if that was going to happen to me. But then I read the script and talked with the producers and talked about how they wanted to make this movie great. I had to put all that stuff aside. I deleted Twitter off my phone. I deleted Instagram. And I just did my job.
So yesterday, despite the uproar online, Shipp took to Twitter to retweet the positivity and thank her fans.
“Thank you to everyone who tuned in to #AaliyahMovie last night. Means sooo much! Much love!”
Check out Timbaland’s interview with Ebro in the Morning below:
If we could crown a queen of shade, the award would undoubtedly go to Wendy Williams. Known for her boisterous personality and style, Wendy Williams has served shade to any and everyone. She holds absolutely no cut cards and is loved just as much as she’s hated for it. Her latest shade catcher is the gorgeous new mommy Kelly Rowland. In an exclusive interview with Marc Lamont Hill of Huffington Post, Williams shares her thoughts on Kelly Rowland naming her son, Titan.
Wendy: Well I hope that the boy can live up to that because I’ll tell you what, a “titan” is not short. and he’s not scrawny. “Titan” to me is, even if he’s short, he’s wide and cut, and you gotta play the game of life like a titan. You can’t be a loser. So I hope that he can live up to it.
Marc Lamont Hill: He ain’t gonna be no loser with them parents. Well, that parent.
Wendy: She hasn’t worked in a while though. Nobody’s buying her music. She was a judge on the judges’ shows and she’s not on them [now] and mind you, I love Kelly Rowland but I’m just calling it the way it’s factual. Her husband is her manager, but is her career on the go up or on the come down?
So Titan then is going to have to make his own [money.] He’s going to have to be smart in school and make his own bones and hopefully he’ll be able to live up to the name. Again, I love Kelly Rowland, but I have to call it the way I see it.
In addition to her shady comments about Kelly, the TV host also talked about her image.
I had to be that person. People ask me do I have any regrets…no, none. I had to be that person so that you all would pay attention so that I could get a talk show. I didn’t know I was headed towards a talk show and the person that I was [then] is still the same person I am [today]. Now, I only have one hour to say my piece, in radio you have 4 hours to dig a deep hole for yourself honey and then you pull those listeners up and they are fanning the fire!
But I have no regrets also, you have to remember, when most people met me through the radio, I was a 22 year old girl. Now I’m a 50 year old wife, woman, mother, community member and what not and no, [The Wendy] Show is not a heavy duty “kumbaya show,” but I’m not a heavy duty “kumbaya girl.” Our show is light and fun and if you squint, there might be something that you might learn.
Wendy also talks about the Lifetime Aaliyah movie, Lil Kim, The Soul Train Awards and more in the interview.
Most of us know the story of how Sherri Shepherd met her soon-to-be ex husband, Lamar Sally. In case you don’t, the two were introduced at a matchmaking party hosted by her longtime friend Niecy Nash.
So now that their marriage is not only over but fizzling, with pomp and circumstance, in front of our very eyes, many are wondering how could Niecy hook her friend up with such a snake. Because Lamar Sally is showing his whole entire behind these days.
Anyway, since Wendy Williams is the woman who asks the tough, very personal questions, she didn’t hesitate to speak about that with Niecy Nash. And her response was quite interesting. See what she had to say.
Wendy: Do you feel guilty about setting Sherri Shepherd up with that man?
Niecy: You know what, I’m going to tell you what. I don’t feel guilty. Here’s the thing. I had a matchmaker party, at my house. But based on where Sherri was in her life, she would have found any version of that man because she was at a place to draw a specific kind of energy unto her.
Wendy: A negative energy.
Niecy: That doesn’t have anything to do with me. I can invite you to the party but I can’t tell you which man to pick.
Wendy: Is your husband friends with that man?
Niecy: They were friendly?
Wendy: So you’ve chosen sides and you and your husband have chosen Team Shepherd.
I think setting up friends is a horrible idea, only because– unless you’re either black or white like I am and you know exactly who you choose if they break up.
Niecy: Well let me just tell you, it wasn’t a hard decision. It wasn’t like we had to set down. It was no fingernail biting. You know what I mean? Sherri is my ride or die, til the day I die. I’m Team Sherri all the way.
That part about the energy associated with Lamar Sally (Sal) is so interesting, right? Niecy didn’t say Lamar shocked them all with his behavior. She said, the place that Sherri was in, she was bound to attract that type of man. And she certainly didn’t correct Wendy when she assumed his energy was “negative.”
It makes me wonder if Niecy had an inkling that Sal was shady from jump but held her tongue because he was what her friend wanted. You know you can’t tell a woman in love nothing…
What do you think?
You can watch the full interview with Wendy and Niecy, which is pretty cute, in the video below.
“This Right Here Is Going Too Far”: Wendy Williams Compares Tiny Changing Her Eye Color To Black Folks Bleaching Their Skin
Ever since Tiny let the world know that she had a procedure done to get her eye color changed from brown to ice gray, people have either loved the idea, bashed her for it, or said that it’s her money and she can do what she wants to. Want to guess which category Wendy Williams falls in?
Despite getting plastic surgery done in the past and wearing wigs, Wendy Williams said on her show that Tiny’s decision to change her eyes was on par with folks like Sammy Sosa bleaching their skin. It’s a scary form of self-hate.
“You know that I believe in changing things. If there’s something about you that you don’t like…You want to get your butt implant, your boobs, your liposuction, a weave–but understand what I’m saying to you: This right here is going too far. Tiny, I love you a lot and I just saw your man the other day on Big Boy’s Radio Show in LA and he was like, thanks for being nice to my wife and Shekinah, but I have to call it like I mean it here. The eyes are the windows to the soul. Getting your eyes permanently done like this is to me as bad as people who bleach their skin. You can self-hate your flat boobs and you can self-hate your flat butt, whatever, but the eyes? I know that colored contacts could be scratchy and itchy and what not, but people still wear them. But getting your eyeballs done like this is as crazy as Sammy Sosa bleaching his skin.
But you know what I like about Tiny? At least she was honest about it. Because the Internet was all abuzz. It makes me love her more that she was honest about this because we could have just gone on and on and on and talked about this operation and she could have kept what we thought were gray contacts in. Because, if I didn’t tell you this story, did you ever believe that you could ever get new eyeballs in a permanent color?”
In case you missed it, this is how Tiny did it:
“I permanently changed my eye color with Brightocular and lovin it‼️ Huge thanks to the incredible doctor(s) for the amazing experience and for making my dream come true! I hated wearing contacts just for the color and it made my vision blurry! Blessed to say my vision is #perfect after my #ice-gray implants! Special thanks to the #Brightocular staff for ALL that you’ve done to make this process happen, you’re amaZing & thank you to the hospital’s staff for your exceptional customer service as well‼️I would also like to raise awareness about those under privileged living with serious eye conditions called ocular albinism, aniridia, and iris coloboma. Brightocular can help you. For more info everyone GO visit the brightocular.com website; to get the #BEST #DEAL when booking your appointment, mention Promo Code #KM404 and tell them I sent you!!! SD Note: Ofcourse any procedure has potential risks but no one has gone blind with brightocular and the success rate has been close to 100%. The media is referring to a story from 2009 and data of side effects from a different shaped and even different colored implant that is currently used in Panama since 2002. Brightocular was launched and patent approved in 2010. We do not recommend using this implant from the doctor in Panama. Brightocular is the only artificial iris implant with the United States patent grooves and channels design to accomplish a successful surgery. For more info on the differences, risks, and benefits of all artificial iris implants used around the world, contact brightocular.”
Check out what Wendy had to say around the 11:30 mark below and let us know what you think.
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.