“My Parents Were Very Embarrassed”: Wendy Williams Says Mom And Dad Weren’t Fans Of Her “Sloppy” Days On Radio
Whether you are a fan of Wendy Williams or not, it can’t be denied that she has catapulted herself and her name into a household name with her talk show. But in the process of building up that name, Williams made herself and her name quite infamous while doing radio in New York City. She quarreled with celebrities, questioned the sexuality of a few, and made quite a few enemies, but she told UPTOWN Magazine that all of that helped her to be where and who she is now.
“I regret nothing in my radio career, nothing. I had to be that person back then to be the person I am today. The person who was on the radio then was authentically me. We all have our sloppy, greasy side. My original Wendy listeners, here in New York, they grew up with me. They come up to me all the time and say, ‘Oh, I have been listening to you since I was 12.’ I feel proud. I am glad that I have been able to evolve.
Who I am right now is exactly who I was on radio. The difference is, now I am 49 years old. There are certain things that I had beaten to death. I had to move on. These other little girls in radio can now imitate me. I am not going to sit in that purple chair and act like I am MediaTakeOut.com! I invented MediaTakeOut.com. I was doing that long before it existed.”
But Williams does admit that as she was going head-to-head with Whitney Houston and others on the radio, her behavior on-air was not something her parents were too fond of.
“My parents were very embarrassed by the way I conducted myself on the radio and I know that. They would fake happy, meanwhile their friends would say, ‘That Wendy is something else.’ But I was getting popularity from being that ‘something else.’ But I don’t think that was what my parents had in mind when they thought of my career. My older sister is an attorney and my younger brother is a schoolteacher. No, I wasn’t out there doing full splits in Playboy magazine, but it is still not what my parents would have wanted me to gravitate to.”
Despite all that, Williams told the magazine that she has come full circle, and despite those famous folks who won’t touch her stage because of past comments, she’s happy.
“If I had a problem with you in the past, chances are I have moved on. I have a good life. My parents have seen me go from a loser to a winner. Most people don’t have the luxury of their parents seeing them come full circle. I feel sexy and I feel very accomplished. I have my family. I am grateful.”
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