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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.”
“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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